Narayanan receives NSF Director's Award

Published: Sep 29, 2006 11:09:25 AM
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N. Hari Narayanan, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is among this year's recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director's Award for Collaborative Integration. Narayanan received the award in recognition of his contributions toward collaboratively developing and managing a unique cross-directorate research program called the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT), ALT is a joint program of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate and the Education and Human Resources Directorate of NSF.

"It's quite an honor to receive this award," said Narayanan. "ALT is a young program and the team of program directors worked quite hard at turning it into an exemplary model of a cross-directorate research program supporting interdisciplinary research in computer science and education. It is this effort that received recognition."

Narayanan has just returned to Auburn for the fall semester after serving the NSF as a program director during 2005-06. While there, he co-directed three major research grant programs with a combined annual funding level of $14 million: Advanced Learning Technologies, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) and Research on Learning and Education. In 2006 Narayanan also co-developed and implemented the first funding cycle of a new flagship program for the Education Directorate's REC Division, called Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering.