How to ERC

Seminar Date

11 Feb 2022, 12:00 pm


Established in 1984, the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) program was created to build complex research centers that emphasize system aspects of engineering with strong industrial collaboration and contain a strong education component. Successive generations of ERCs have kept these fundamental principles while increasing diversity and inclusion, an innovation ecosystem, and stressing convergent research.

This talk will present the speaker's experience on the leadership team of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management system (FREEDM) from its inception to its graduation. Key aspects of what makes a successful proposal and what some of the pitfalls are will be discussed.


Dr. Bruce McMillin is professor of computer science, director of the Center for Information Assurance and co-director of the Center for Smart Living at Missouri S&T. He leads and participates in interdisciplinary teams in formal methods for fault tolerance and security in distributed embedded systems with and eye towards critical infrastructure protection. His current work focuses on protection for advanced power grid control. His research has been supported by the U.S NSF, AFOSR, DOE, NIST and several Missouri industries. McMillin has authored over 120 refereed papers in international conferences and journals. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the IFIPWG 11.0 on Critical Infrastructure Protection. He is a commissioner of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission, serves as a director of the CSAB accreditation board, and is an IEEE Computer Society distinguished visitor.


Computer Science

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Intelligent Systems Center

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