The organizational structure and management responsibilities for the IMI Program are summarized in the organization chart. The Program is being conducted under the direction of Prof. Peter K. Liaw [Director] and Prof. Hahn Choo [Co-Director], at UT. The overall Project 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 are 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 is 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 is Prof. Julia Weertman at Northwestern University. 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. Ian Anderson at SNS, ORNL. The Committee, with the help from the Program Managers, conducts 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 are responsible for implementing the Committee’s recommendations into the following year’s activities.
For the proposed Education Program, Dr. Raymond Buchanan, Professor at the University of Tennessee, served as a manager to oversee the educational activities. Specific responsibilities included 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. The 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. Takeshi Egami, Acting Director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences [JINS], serves as the manager. The Program Manager and the task leaders are responsible for adding the “international dimension” to every ANSWER activity. The specific responsibilities include the management of:  international exchange programs,  workshops and symposia,  Neutron Schools,  Internet resource development,  international collaborations,  partnership development, and  national-laboratory internships, and  industry internships. In particular, the Exchange and Internship activities will be managed in this Program.
For the Research Program, Dr. Tom Holden of the Northern Stress Technology [NST] will serve as the program manager. He will focus on the “bridging” of the basic university/national-laboratory research and industrial applications to the international community. The next level of organization 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.
Profs. John Ray and Gary Skolits, College of Education at the University of Tennessee, experts 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 the 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.