Symposium on Tools for R&D Decision Making


April 2, 2020, 10:30AM to 2:30PM
Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245
1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

Federal R&D agencies need effective tools for analysis of past investments and for placement of future investments. Such tools are often covered under the umbrella of “portfolio analysis and management.” This program will feature needs, strategies, and tools used by several federal agencies to assess the impacts and results of past R&D investments; to identify trends and potential areas of collaboration; and to support strategic decision making for long-term funding requests. Presenters will demonstrate the types of data needed for effective tools and examples of the questions being answered by these tools. The program will include a detailed discussion of the latest research on visualization tools, featuring Dr. Katy Börner, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Event Speakers
Visitor Information

Event Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Katy Börner, Indiana University

Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Dr. Sam Baldwin, Chief Science Officer

Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy
Patrick Finch, Analytics Team Lead

Office of Science
Dr. Robin Hayes, Chemist/Program Manager

Other Federal Agencies

National Institutes of Health
Dr. George Santangelo, Director, Office of Portfolio Analysis

Office of Naval Research
Dr. Ryan Zelnio, Chief Analytics Officer

National Science Foundation
Dr. Elizabeth Lyons, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering

Visitor Information


Metro travel to the Forrestal Building – the “Smithsonian” (Independence Avenue) station and the “L’Enfant Plaza” station are both short walks to the Forrestal building.
Germantown employees can take the 8:45am shuttle and arrive at 10:00am.

Building access

Visitors will need to obtain visitor badges in the Forrestal lobby.  Your registration will help us expedite this process.  Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early for processing.


All attendees must register using the link below.  Registration deadline is March 20, 2020.
Click here to register.

For inquiries, please contact Yvette Wallus,