All activities of CASCADE are lead by the Center Director and co-Director, responsible for center operations and for initiating and managing research and development activities. Site directors help manage their own university’s research teams and collaborate with the center directors and each other. 

CASCADE research projects are determined by the members of the CASCADE Industry Advisory Board (IAB), comprised of representatives from industrial partners, the CASCADE Center Director, and co-Director. The members will be able to nominate representatives with voting rights to the CASCADE Industrial Advisory Board. The Industrial Advisory Board will also include associate members representing start-ups and small businesses, but with reduced voting rights. IAB will elect a chair who will be responsible of reviewing and recommending on research funded all or in part by membership fees. Please see the Sample Industry Membership Agreement for more details.

NExt StEPS and Letter of Commitment

On November 12th and 13th 2015, we have organized a kick-off meeting  at ASU, with 75+ attendees, including representatives from ~30 companies and government agencies, who expressed interest in CASCADE. A separate pre-planning meeting was held at UMD on October 2 with ~25 attendees. We will soon make available the videos of the key workshop sessions at our web site.

We are now getting ready for formalizing partnerships -- ASU is ready for signing partnership agreements, while UMD will be ready shortly. We are also reaching out to NSF to recognize CASCADE as an "NSF I/UCRC", which will also help provide additional funds to support CASCADE's operations. Before, we submit a formal request, however, NSF expects us to collect a certain number of  "Letters of Commitment" that states "We will participate in CASCADE" at full membership fee level of $50K (for small business, there will be a $25K associate membership -- see the Sample Industry Membership Agreement for more details): 

  • Each letter of commitment should contain the following language "Should {Center Name} be selected by NSF for funding, {Company Name} commits to joining {Center Name} as a full/associate member at the membership level of ${amount}, pending clarification of intellectual property implications and availability of funds on an annual basis." Note that the formal commitment is for one year minimum; but for the financial stability of the Center, we prefer a moral commitment of two year minimum.
  • Other language in the commitment letters are left to the discretion of the potential member.
  • For the submission of a new Center, care should be taken to identify the Site (ASU or UMD) associated with each member letter.

NSF provides us two alternative target dates for submitting our request:

  • January 11th 2016
  • July 11th 2016

Our target is to collect sufficient letters of commitment to make the January deadline to ensure that we receive the recognition from NSF and their financial support as early as possible.

Therefore, we would like to ask you to fill the Level of Interest and Readiness Form to help us plan our next steps.   Please also tell us about your organization's decision criteria and constraints. For further questions and information requests, please contact the CASCADE-ASU and CASCADE-UMD Directors.