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CANCELLED: Comments on NASA and Overview of NSF

March 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Comments on NASA and Overview of NSF – A Minor focus on Fluid Dynamics

The presentation will highlight high-level issues associated with Strategic Workforce Planning at NASA – how large is the NASA workforce, what are some of the organizational challenges with workforce, centers, and the Mission directed research.

The presentation will highlight the organization, vision, and goals of the National Science Foundation. Then the scope of the Fluid Dynamics Program will be discussed along with a number of projects including, biofluids, turbulence, renewable energy, and complex fluids. Finally, the talk will discuss a few of the Foundation wide programs, including CAREER, Major Research Instrumentation (MRI), Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E), and Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI).


Dr. JoslinDr. Joslin is on detail (Aug 2018-present) to NASA to lead and craft the Strategic Workforce plan for the Agency’s Mission Support Enterprise ($3B / 6,000 employees) and on the team for the Agency’s Strategic Workforce Planning ($20B / 17.000 employees). Workforce planning is intended to build stronger mission services, greater efficiency and lower costs, more agility in workforce allocations, stronger employee development, more equitable services for employees and customers, improved quality of capabilities, and resources for critical investments for a more unified workforce across all NASA Mission Support functions and centers.

Dr. Joslin is the Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Fluid Dynamics Program (May 2016-present). He is the ENG representative on 5 working groups, building collaborations across the Foundation. He has supported research in biofluids, complex & nano-scale flows, turbulence, and non-Newtonian flows. Five of these projects are scheduled for testing on the International Space Station. He has participated on numerous Federal Boards at NSF, NASA, DoD, DoE, DARPA, and ARPA-e. He has recently been appointed as the NSF representative on the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology – Future of Transportation at the Executive Office of the President Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Dr. Joslin was a Program Officer at the Office of Naval Research (2001-16), managing the Turbulence/Stratified Wakes, Submarine Maneuvering, Ocean Energy, Multi-Platform Interactions and Supercaviation Programs. He was also focused on STEM, leveraging diversity, and mentoring/developing others. He served on Air Force, NSF, NASA, DoE, and international panels. From 2004-2012, Dr. Joslin was the Navy Principal (SES role) responsible for High Performance Supercomputing across all Navy laboratories and programs (~$60M).

Dr. Joslin taught courses and conducted research at the Pennsylvania State University (2000-01). He developed the first graduate course in grid generation for Mechanical Engineering and conducted research at polymer drag reduction under a DARPA contract ($1M).

Dr. Joslin has over 30 years of research experience in fluid dynamics, resulting in 33 journal articles, 2 textbooks, 4 edited textbooks, 1 encyclopedia article, 50+ conference papers. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of ASME and the APS.


March 29, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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