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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Final Tips for a Competitive Proposal

Due to the latest NSF ATE Solicitation released in 2017, this webinar will act as an addendum and focus on specifics that have changed on this topic. A live Q&A will occur the last 30 to 45 minutes of the webinar.

We highly encourage that you watch the original webinar recording prior to attending this one. The original webinar was held on April 20, 2017 which covered the following information.

Best practices for finalizing and refining your proposal to get it ready for submission. This session will provide specific examples of common mistakes and pitfalls and ways to avoid them. A proposal checklist will be highlighted by several experienced Principal Investigators.


Ann Beheler
Principal Investigator (PI)
National Convergence Technology Center (CTC)
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Ann Beheler has been in the Information Technology industry for over 30 years, and she is now responsible for Emerging Technology grants at Collin College. In that capacity she leads the National Convergence Technology Center, a $4.4 million National Science Foundation Center of Excellence. She has also recently completed an almost $20 million DOL TAACCCT grant. A major focus of these grants is sharing resources including initiatives, curriculum, equipment, and general best practices among 46+ colleges to improve programs nationally. Beheler has experience in industry, leading her own consulting firm, teaching the first vendor-specific networking degree program in Texas, and managing IT-related corporate divisions. She has prior experience as a Vice President of Academic Affairs and as a Dean.[/read]

Elizabeth Teles
Lead Program Director NSF
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Dr. Teles is a Program Director of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and a program director for mathematics. She now works primarily in the ATE and SSTEM programs as an intermittent expert for NSF half time for approximately 130 days a year. At NSF she was Liaison for Community Colleges. She taught mathematics at Montgomery College, MD from 1969 to 1991. Dr. Teles holds a B.A. in mathematics from Winthrop College, a MAT in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Maryland. In 2008, she received the NSF Meritorious Service Award, the second highest honorary award at the Foundation, for her work on behalf of community colleges and her leadership in the ATE program.

William A. Alter III, Ph.D.
Special Projects Coordinator
Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA)
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Bill Alter is serving as the Special Projects Coordinator for VESTA, an NSF ATE National Center that has its program office at Missouri State University. VESTA is in its 14th year of providing online courses and field experiences to address the technical workforce needs of the U.S. grape and wine industry (GWI). Bill is currently coordinating efforts to develop competency standards for inclusion of GWI jobs in the DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship program. Prior to joining MSU, he worked as a Research Director for a bioremediation company, served as a Space Grant Fellow at NASA Johnson Space Center, and was a Research Coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Bill completed a 22 year career in the USAF having served on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, managed the Air Force’s Exploratory Research Chemical Defense Program, and trained aircrews in physiological effects of high altitude environments. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology from the University of New Mexico.[/read]