The organizational structure and management responsibilities for the IMI Program are summarized in Figure 3. The Program will be conducted under the direction of Prof. Peter K. Liaw [Director] and Prof. Hahn Choo [Co-Director], at UT. The overall Program involves the Education Program, Service Program, and Research Program. Consequently, the organizational structure is designed to assure that these elements are performed and managed responsibly and effectively. Reporting to the Director and Co-Director will be the Program Managers. These three Managers will continually interact to assure the integration of the education, service, and research elements of the IMI Program. Details on the organizational structure and management responsibilities are provided below.
To obtain annual independent Program reviews and assessments, a Program-Assessment Committee will be established. This Committee will consist of three outstanding individuals from a university, national laboratory, and industry who have no other linkages to the proposed IMI Program. The Chair will be Prof. Julia Weertman at NU. Prof. Weertman was asked to chair the committee because of her outstanding management and technical skills involving university education and research programs. Other committee members are Dr. Linda Horton, Associate Director, M&C Division, ORNL; and Dr. Melvin Jackson at GE. The Committee, with help from the Program Managers, will conduct a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the integrated, education/service/research Programs, including relative-success evaluations and appropriateness of funding levels for the various components, and submit their findings to the Program Director and Co-Director, who will be responsible for implementing the Committees recommendations into the following years activities. The Committee will meet at the Annual Workshop to collectively evaluate the successes and difficulties in the overall Program.
For the proposed Education Program, Dr. Fred Tompkins of UT [Dean of COE], will serve as a manager to oversee the educational activities, as presented in Figure 3. Specific responsibilities include the management of:  recruitment of three new faculty positions in neutron science at UT,  Fellowships,  new course development, and  outreach programs. In particular, the selection, administration and evaluation of ANSWER Fellowships will be managed in this Program. As explained in Section 3.1, a total of 16 Fellowships [2 postdoctors, 8 graduate students, and 6 undergraduate students] will be available at a given time. A total of seven Fellowships [1 postdoctor, 4 graduate students, and 2 undergraduate students] will be allocated to UT, and nine [1 postdoctor, 4 graduate students, and 4 undergraduate students] will be allocated to the other five participating domestic universities [Caltech, IIT, NU, UMC, and UP]. ANSWER Fellowship Committee, with Program Managers and Program-Assessment Committee members, will evaluate the performance of the Fellows at the annual workshop.
For the Service Program, Prof. Lee Magid, Acting Director of JINS, will serve as the manager. The Program Manager and the task leaders are responsible for adding international dimension to every ANSWER activity. The specific responsibilities include the management of:  international exchange program,  workshops and symposium,  Neutron School,  Internet resource development,  international collaboration,  partnership development, and  national-laboratory internship, and  industry internship. In particular, the Exchange and Internship activities will be managed in this Program. As described in Section 4, a total of ten International Exchange Activities will be available per year. Depending on the research projects, the exchange location and duration will be determined at the annual workshop for the following year. The preferences will be given to Ph.D. dissertation research projects that are financially independent from ANSWER and requiring close international collaborations among all three parties; university, neutron facility and industry. Moreover, in determining the exchange location, the complementing nature of the partnering university and neutron facility will be the most significant factor so that synergistic advances can be achieved. In addition, all ANSWER Fellows will be required to participate in the national laboratory and industry internships. The Service Program Manager will coordinate this effort, with the other two managers, Exchange Program task leaders, and both Internship Programs task leaders.
For the Research Program, Dr. Tom Holden [NST], will serve as the program manager. He will focus on the bridging of basic university/national-laboratory research and industrial applications to the international community. The next level of organization, as shown in Figure 3, is based on the Thrust-Research Area Groups and respective Leaders. Each Group Leader will be responsible for research activities within the respective Thrust Area including: international collaborations among participants; the selection of graduate students; successful and timely completion of research projects; publication and presentation of research results; allocation of funding; integration of education/research components of the Program; and progression of the graduate students toward a successful and timely completion of the degree requirements.
Prof. John Ray, UT College of Education, an expert in graduate-program assessments, will bear the overall responsibility for developing the necessary performance-assessment tools, e.g., performance-appraisal forms for all participants, and for their periodic implementation. The results of the assessments will be submitted to the Program Managers, and through them, to the Program-Assessment Committee, and the Director and Co-Director. The performance-assessment plan for the proposed IMI Program involves:  multiple assessment methods and tools to collect information on the extent to which the Program objectives have been accomplished,  evaluation of the assessment results relative to the objectives, and  implementation of appropriate corrective measures. Based on the evaluations and subsequent recommendations, the Director and Co-Director will implement corrective actions to improve the IMI Program. A year-end summative assessment of this Program will be provided to the NSF IMI Program Directors and all participants.