Reaching a TIP-ping Point

Fireside chat with Tom Still, WTC, and Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, NSF

Fireside chat with Tom Still, WTC, and Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, NSF

The College of Letters & Science hosts the assistant director of the National Science Foundation’s Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Directorate.

Each year, hundreds of UW-Madison researchers in STEM disciplines are making important discoveries, and they’re anxious and excited to see their work make a tangible impact.

Those scientists now have an additional ally at the federal level to help that happen. On March 23, the College of Letters & Science hosted a fireside chat with Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) assistant director of the agency’s new Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate, established in May of last year.

“There’s talent all around this state,” said Gianchandani of Wisconsin. “And it’s incumbent upon us to be able to find ways to be able to create opportunity for that talent, create pathways for that talent to become a part of the STEM-driven workforce and the standard and economy of the 21st century.”

Speaking to both an in-person and virtual audience in the Discovery Building’s DeLuca Forum, Gianchandani and Tom Still, the president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, chatted about TIP’s purpose and potential, covering a wide range of topics, including potential obstacles, and creating science-based experiences for younger students to encourage them to pursue a path in scientific research.

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The full livestream of the talk is available at