Interview With Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, National Science Foundation


And we're fortunate to have with us today. Irwin gancheng donny. Deputy assistant director computer and information science and engineering at the national science foundation. So high irwin and thanks so much for joining us today. Thanks so much for having me a pleasure to be here. We'd like to start by having you introduce yourself to our listeners and tell them a little bit about your background your current role at national science foundation. I know you've recently taken on an additional one as well and maybe just explain what. The national science foundation is for some of our listeners. That may not be familiar with it. Sure happy to do that again. For having me kathleen in ron. It's a pleasure to be on this podcast today. So as you said Money and for the last five and a half years or so. I have served as the deputy for the computer and information science and engineering director at the national science foundation. So you might hear me over the course of this podcast Accidentally say size ci se. That's short for the acronym of art director the computing and information science engineering director. And as you sort of alluded to kathleen in the last few months. I've actually gone on detail to the office of the director of the national science foundation. Serving as an acting senior adviser there specifically focused on translation innovation in partnership. So i'm coming to you really Perspective in this podcast today. But i've taken on sedition role in a package sale of more about bad if the opportunity presents itself to So as you may know as some of your listeners may know the national science foundation is really a research funding agency within the federal government so in particular we support research and education in all areas of science and engineering from astronomy to biology chemistry to mathematics. Physics social won't be april sciences as well really any discipline of science and engineering and technology and mathematics and is a funder of that in the federal government. Now we have a vast. We have a budget of about eight point. Five billion dollars in the current fiscal year fiscal year twenty twenty one and the vast vast majority of about ninety three percent goes out the door in the form of grants cooperative agreements primarily to colleges and universities throughout the us but some also small businesses. That are just starting up as well

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