EECS alumna Dawn Tilbury (M.S.’92, Ph.D.’94) will lead investments in fundamental engineering research and education as the newly appointed head of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG). ENG supports engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future and fosters innovations that benefit society. It provides about 32 percent of the federal funding for fundamental research in engineering at academic institutions. Dawn has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, focusing in the area of control systems, with a courtesy appointment in the EECS department. She also formerly served as associate dean for research in UMich’s College of Engineering. “I welcome the opportunity to work with the engineering and scientific community to address the big challenges that face the nation and world today,” she says.