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Shared Facilities Operations Workshop 2018

Shared Facilities Operations Workshop 2018

Workshop Venue

Loma Pelona Center, University of California Santa Barbara

Starting Friday March 9 at 2 p.m., and ending Saturday March 10 at 6 p.m.


Organizing MRSEC Directors:

Ram Seshadri (UCSB MRSEC:,

Merk Hersam (Northwestern MRSEC:

Nadya Mason (UIUC MRSEC:

Ali Yazdani (Princeton MRSEC:

Local Organizing Committee:

Ram Seshadri (UCSB MRSEC:

Amanda Strom (UCSB MRSEC:

Conference Administrator:

Sara Sorenson (UCSB MRSEC:

The 1½-day workshop will assemble together the stakeholders drawn from the following groups:

      i.         NSF Program Directors

     ii.         MRSEC Directors

   iii.         MRSEC Shared Experimental Facilities (SEF) Managers

   iv.         PREM Directors

     v.         NSF Materials Innovation Platform Directors


The goal is to discuss best practices and share expertise on the efficient and cost-effective running of facilities in a manner that can best benefit host Universities, the local community, and the nation. This will also be an opportunity for the new MIP Program Directors to explain and refine their facility model in consultation with a larger community of experts.

Some of the intended topics for discussion will include: (i) Facility Management, (ii) User Training, (iii) Working with Outside Users, (iv) Models for Funding Instrument Renewal and Regeneration, and (v) Data Storage, Curation and Management.

Antecedent: The prior workshop of this nature was held in Chicago in 2011. All resources from that workshop can be found at:

The workshop is by invitation only.


Friday, March 9, Session I, 2-4 p.m.: Overview

2-3.20 p.m. Overview Session
Overview of the MRSEC Program and MRFN TBA
Facilities at National Lab – The Example of LBNL
Vinayak Dravid, Northwestern Facilities in the US – A Global Perspective
3.20-4 p.m. Discussion on Workshop Goals and Anticipated Outcomes
4-4.30 p.m. Coffee Break


Friday March 9th Session II: 4.30-6.30 p.m. Facilities and Industry

4.30-5.30 p.m. Industrial and Other External Users, IP
Louis Perez, Apeel Sciences, Goleta CA
Jonathan Shu, Cornell
5.30-6.30 p.m. Discussion on Engagement, Expansion, and Impact
6.30-8.30 p.m. Working Dinner


Saturday March 10, Session III, 9-10.30 a.m.: Funding

9-9.40 a.m. Funding for Staffing, and Instrument Acquisition and Upkeep
Mauro Sardela, UIUC
9.40 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Discussion on Funding including the NSF MRI Program
10.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Break


Saturday March 10, Session IV, 11 a.m.-12.30 p.m.: Staffing

11-11.40 a.m. Staff Hiring, Training, and Professional Development
Vince Crespi, Pennsylvania State University
11.40 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Discussion on Staffing
12.30 p.m.-1.30 p.m. Working Lunch


Saturday March 10, Session V, 1.30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Training and Outreach

1.30 p.m. to 2.10 p.m. User Training, Education, and Outreach
Tyrel McQueen, JHU, Materials Innovation Platform
Nan Yao, Princeton
Tom Mates, UCSB
2.10-3 p.m. Discussion on Training and Outreach
3-3.30 p.m. Break
Saturday March 10, Session VI, 3.30-5 p.m.: Data Management
3.30-4 p.m. Data Management, Archiving, and Curation
Ram Seshadri, UCSB
4-5 p.m. Discussion on Data Management


Saturday March 10, Concluding Session, 5-6 p.m.

6-7 p.m.: Optional lab tours, and transport to downtown SB for no-host dinner