The National Science Foundation (NSF) is forming new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) focused on solving convergent problems that address challenges with significant societal impact. NSF’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) held the Accelerating Engineering Research Center Preparedness Workshop in Virginia October 2 and 3, 2018.

After directors of the NSF Division of Engineering Education & Centers and SESNYC spoke, Cross presented “Multi-Level Social Systems and Social Change” during the “Social Innovation and Social Impact” session.


SESYNC brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. The Center convenes science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, species protection, among other areas of study. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery. SESYNC is funded by an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation.