PREM Workshop

Event Description

Organizing Committee:

  • Prof. Idalia Ramos (UPRH), Prof. Frank Gomez (CSULA), Prof. Mikhail Noginov (NSU)

NSF PREM Program Directors

  • Dr. Maija M. Kukla and Dr. Thomas Rieker


April 17, 2007

  • 7:30-8:00Breakfast and Coffee
  • 8:00-8:30 Lance Haworth, DMR Division Director, NSF
  • 8:30-8:45 Maija Kukla and organizing committee: General instructions and charge to the panel
  • 8:45-9:00 Tom Rieker and Maija Kukla, NSF PREM Program
  • 9:00-12:00Presentations 2004 PREM Awardees
  • 9:00-9:30 Idalia Ramos, Crafting a Successful Partnership through two Cultures: The UPRH- Penn PREM, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • 9:30-9:45 Discussion
  • 9:45-10:15 Oscar Suárez, PREM: Paradigm and Realization of Excellence in Materials, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 10:15-10:30Discussion
  • 10:30-11:00 Peter Kalu, Comprehensive Integration of Research and Education in Materials Science, Florida A& M Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 11:00-11:15Discussion
  • 11:15-11:45 Frank Gomez, Empowering Students via Interdisciplinary Research, California State University, Los Angeles Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 11:45-12:00Discussion


  • 1:00-1:30 Cora Marrett, EHR Assistant Director, NSF
  • 1:30-1:45Split in Groups
  • 1:45-4:30Working Groups Discussions
  • 4:30-4:45Break
  • 4:45-6:15Working Groups Reports & Discussions
  • 4:45Report Group A
  • 4:55Discussion
  • 5:15Report Group B
  • 5:25Discussion
  • 5:45Report Group C
  • 5:55Discussion
  • 6:15-6:30Break
  • 6:30-8:30Writing report/more discussions

April 18, 2007

  • 7:30-8:30 Breakfast and Coffee
  • 8:30-9:00NSF Presentation and Remarks
  • 9:00- 2:45Presentations 2006 PREM Awardees
  • 9:00-9:30 Paresh Ray, Research and Education in Organic NLO and Nanostructure Biological Materials, Jackson State University Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 9:30-9:45Discussion
  • 9:45-10:15 Mikhail Noginov, Nurturing a new-born PhD program in the PREM environment, Norfolk State University Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 10:15-10:30Discussion
  • 10:30-10:45Break
  • 10:45-11:15 Gabriel López, UNM-Harvard PREM: Success Stories and Lessons Learned, University of New Mexico Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 11:15-11:30Discussion
  • 11:30-12:00 Joshua Halpern, Building a pipeline for materials careers, Howard University Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 12:00-12:15Discussion

12:15-1:15 Lunch

  • 1:15-1:45 Nicholas Kioussis, Multidisciplinary Research and Education in Computational Materials, California State University at Northridge Download this presentation (.pdf)
  • 1:45-2:00Discussion
  • 2:00-2:30 Shaik Jeelani, Tuskegee-Cornell PREM-A Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Science and Engineering, Tuskegee University
  • 2:30-2:45Discussion
  • 2:45-3:00 Break
  • 2:45-3:30NSF PD short presentations
    • C. Bouldin (IMR/MRI)
    • G. Tessema (NAF)
    • C. Huber (IMI/MWN)
    • U. Venkateswaran (REU)
    • L. Madsen (CER)
  • 3:30-3:45 Break
  • 4:00-5:00Draft Report of working groups and final discussions
  • Concluding Remarks, Maija Kukla, NSF



  • James W. Mitchell, Howard University
  • Dolores Miller, IBM-Almaden
  • Odessa Petzold, Corning Inc.
  • Laurence Henry, Southern University and A&M University
  • Sarah Young, Montana State, American Indian Research Opportunities
  • Theodore Hodapp, American Physcical Society
  • Martin Moskovits, UC Santa Barbara
  • Frank W. Snowden, UMN Twin Cities
  • Jagannathan Sankar, NCAT, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Mark Lundstrom, NCN Purdue University
  • Graciela Blanchet, Dupont
  • Branislav Vlahovic, North Carolina Central University
  • David Zubia U. of Texas, El Paso
  • Keith H. Jackson, Florida A&M University
  • Carlos Vargas-Aburto, Kutztown University

PREM teams

  • Frank A. Gomez (CSULA)
  • Yong Ba (CSULA)
  • Julie Kornfield (CIT)


  • Marcelo Suarez (UPRM)
  • Oscar Perales (UPRM)
  • Carlos Rinaldi (UPRM)
  • Eric Hellstrom (UWM)

California State University Northridge-Princeton

  • Nicholas Kioussis (California State University Northridge)
  • Gang Lu (California State University Northridge)
  • Emily Carter (Princeton University)

University of Puerto Rico at Humacao - University of Pennsylvania

  • Idalia Ramos, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • Andrew McGhie, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jorge J. Santiago-Avilés, University of Pennsylvania


  • Dr. Paresh C Ray (JSU)
  • Dr. Hongtao Yu (JSU)
  • Prof. Craig Hawker (UCSB)
  • Mikhail A. Noginov (NSU)
  • Carl E. Bonner (NSU)
  • Christopher Umbach (Cornell)


  • Julia Fulghum (UNM),
  • Gabriel Lopez (Univ. of New Mexico),
  • Kathryn Hollar (Harvard)


  • Shaik Jeelani, Tuskegee University
  • Pradosh K. Ray, Tuskegee University
  • Lynden Archer, Cornell University


  • Joshua Halpern, Howard
  • Gary Harris, Howard
  • Scott Sinex, PGCC
  • Scott Johnson, PGCC
  • Dan Reich, JHU


  • Peter N. Kalu (FAMU-FSU)
  • Justin Schwartz (FAMU-FSU)
  • Greg Rohrer (CMU)

Topics of group discussions

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Group A: Impact of PREM

  • Effect of PREM on performing research
  • Student training and Career paths
  • Visibility of PREM on campus and/or surrounding community.
  • Does the PREM address the needs of the community in a best way?
  • Effect of PREM on education in terms of teaching and learning.
  • Other

Group B:Building Partnerships

  • Effect of PREM on performing research.
  • Cyber-science and cyber-learning and how is it used in PREM.
  • Effect of PREM on education in terms of teaching and learning.
  • Other

Group C:Future of PREM

  • What should be the future of the PREM program to maximize the impact?
  • How to make PREM more visible?
  • PREM and American Competitiveness
  • Other