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Joseph Reed




Joseph Reed, Jr.

Currently, I am a Program Director in the Division for Discovery Research on Learning (DRL) in formal and inform settings, which was previously the Division of Elementary, Informal, Science Education (ESIE). I have responsibility for focusing the Directorate for Education and Human Resources growing emphasis in research on reforming the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) infrastructure. While in ESIE 1998-2007, I had responsibility for monitoring cooperative agreements with several major cities in the ESIEs Urban Systemic Program (USP), as well as being Program Director for the Advanced Technology Educational (ATE) Program. In addition, I am a Program Director for the new Discovery Research in K-12 (DRK12) program that has begun its funding opportunity in 2007.

Prior to my DRL assignment at NSF, I have spent 12 years in the Division of Chemistry, as the Program Director in charge of Chemical Research Instrumentation. While a Chemistry Program Director, I have received two Fellowships that included the Congressional Fellowship, (Legis Fellowship, 1996-97) in which I was assigned to the Congressional Office of Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH) as the legislative aid and in 1993-94 I was awarded the Department of Commerce's Science and Technology Fellowship, (ComSci Fellowship, 1993). The Commerce Science & Technology (ComSci) Fellowship assignment was at the USDA, which allowed hands-on experience in the facilitation and transfer of industrial technology.

My scientific career spans nearly 46 years, starting in 1966 with a BA degree in Chemistry from Lincoln University in PA. Immediately after graduation from Lincoln University, I went to work for DuPont as production supervisor in New Jersey DuPont trained me in management of the production of dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), an intermediate to DACRON. After spending 3 years in manufacturing DMT, my interest in higher education peaked, leading me to the PHD in chemistry from Brown University in 1974. The PhD degree opened up an industrial career, as a research chemist in the chemical, telecommunication, and petroleum industries. Finally after an exciting 10 years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, I joined the NSF in 1986 to manage federal funds appropriated for academic research.

Prior to NSF in September 1986, I sent 20 years involved in research in the chemical, telecommunication, and petroleum industries and in the management of chemical manufacturing operations. Those companies include (1) Exxon, Annandale, NJ (1977-1986), where I conducted basic catalytic research on the removal of sulfur and nitrogen from petroleum, (2) Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (1974-1977), where I conducted basic research in the area of synthesis, structure, and reactivity of homogeneous and heterogenized-homogeneous catalysts. The research involved the use of synchrotron radiation to establish the molecular structure of the active-site in polymer-bound catalyst, (3) Rohm and Haas Co., Philadelphia, PA (1970), where I provided technical assistance in the manufacturing of ion exchange resins, and (4) DuPont (Repauno Works), Gibbstown, NJ (1966-1970), where I was a shift supervisor of the day-to-day operations of the DMT plant, a chemical plant that manufactures dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), and an intermediate to DACRON.

My outside interest includes: Walking, Listening to Jazz, Swimming, and Fishing

1966 AB, Chemistry, Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA
1971 MA, Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1974 Ph.D., Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI



inorganic and organometallic chemistry