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Successful Proposal Collaborations In Polymer Processing

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.402.1 - 1.402.4

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Daryl J. Doyle

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Laura L. Sullivan

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Winston F. Erevelles

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‘ 1 .— - . . . .. Session 0475 :

—.. . Successful Proposal Collaborations in Polymer Processing and Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Laura L. Sullivan, Winston F. Erevelles, and Daryl J. Doyle GMI Engineering& Management Institute

Abstract The process of developing grant proposal ideas, identifying appropriate programs for submission, develop- ing the necessary contacts, and writing the actual proposal is an arduous one. It is imperative that individuals .- participating in such endeavors present a proposal that is well defined, well researched, and of value to the audience it is intended to serve, the funding agency, and the community at large. This paper describes the efforts of the authors in developing laboratories in Polymer Processing and Computer Integrated Manufacturing at GMI Engineering & Management Institute. Tips for developing sound proposals are presented along with case studies that demonstrate application of these tips in the generation of external funding. The paper highlights a mode of operation that is expected to stimulate the interest of educators working in related environments.

Introduction The Manufacturing Systems Engineering laboratories at GMI address a broad spectrum of manufacturing processes, and students of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, as well as Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical Engineering (well over 500 per year) benefit from exposure to these laboratories. The authors have been extensively involved with supervising independent study projects with undergraduates, resulting in more in- depth exposure to the laboratories for about ten students per year. The authors have also donated much of their time and the use of their facilities to precollege programs providing laboratory exposure to young people considering engineering for undergraduate study. The cooperative nature of GMI Engineering & Management Institute enables faculty to be aware of changes in the needs of industry and allows industry input in curricular design. Faculty members interact with industry sponsors as they supervise undergraduate theses. Each department is supported by a group of industry representatives who focus on laboratory needs, and who assist in defining that which should or should not be included in the curriculum. In the process, strong ties have been formed between faculty and equipment suppliers, providing direction for future collaboration.

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Doyle, D. J., & Sullivan, L. L., & Erevelles, W. F. (1996, June), Successful Proposal Collaborations In Polymer Processing Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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