NSF Selects Mechanical Engineer to Lead Office of International Science and Engineering

Dec 14, 2020

by ASME.org

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Kendra Sharp to lead its Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE). The ISE is charged with building research infrastructure to advance science and engineering research and education across the nation through promoting an integrated, international engagement strategy and managing innovative and catalytic internationally-focused programs. Since 2010, Kendra Sharp has been a mechanical engineering faculty member at Oregon State University and her research and teaching interests include design for international development, applications of technology in humanitarian engineering, and sustainable water and energy systems.


Sharp has conducted research and taught across the globe, including in The Netherlands, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, and Thailand. She founded and directs the humanitarian engineering program at Oregon State University and serves as the university’s Senior Advisor for Global Affairs. In the coming years under Sharp’s leadership, OISE plans to increase access for U.S. principal investigators to engage in global research, support science diplomacy, and further develop relationships with universities.


In a press release announcing her appointment, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan writes, “Dr. Sharp’s commitment to strong global partnerships to address grand challenges and the belief that international collaboration is important to solve humanitarian issues fits perfectly with the mission of the Office of International Science and Engineering. Her commitment to applying science and engineering expertise to create a better future for all will strengthen NSF's role as a national and international leader in fundamental research."


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