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  Julia Melkers
Associate Professor
Director, Research Evaluation and Visualization Lab, School of Public Policy
School of Public Policy
jmelkers@gatech.edu

Ph.D., Syracuse University, Public Administration
Joined faculty in 2007


Research areas/interests
Issues relevant to the career and collaborative development and related outcomes in academic science and engineering. Issues specific to women and underrepesented groups in science and engineering. Development and measurement of social capital and capacity development for early career professionals/students in STEM fields. Program evaluation and measuring outcomes of publicly-funded science and engineering research programs and centers. Team science and knowledge networks.


Honors  
Elected Member, AAAS's Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPP), 2009-2012, re-elected 2012-2015.

“Evaluating the Kentucky NSF EPSCoR Award 2014-19: “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future.” ” Funded by the National Science Foundation, Subcontracted by the Kentucky NSF EPSCoR. Principal Investigator (Lead Evaluator, Head External Evaluation Team). (2014-19).

“Evaluating Atlanta BEST: Beyond the Professoriate: Transforming Pathways for Biomedical Research Careers.” Funded by the National Institute of Health & Emory University, Principal Investigator (Lead Evaluator, Head External Evaluation Team). (2014-19). Overall Project PI’s Wendy Newstetter (GA Tech) and Nael McCarthy (Emory).

“Research and Evaluation Project for the Breakthrough Delivery Model Portfolio” Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 2012-13. (PI, Formerly Co-PI with : Mike McCracken, GA Tech.)

“Empirical Research: Breaking through the Reputational Ceiling: Professional Networks as a Determinant of Advancement, Mobility, and Career Outcomes for Women and Minorities in STEM.” Funded by the National Science Foundation. 2009-2014. (Principal Investigator; Co-PI’s: Eric Welch and Monica Gaughan.)

“Evaluating the VIP Program - Integrating Undergraduate Design Projects and Graduate Research.” Georgia Tech FIRE Grant (2011-14). PI Ed Coyle, Georgia Tech Internal Competitive FIRE Grant Program.

Hesburgh Teaching Fellow. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-11.

Elected Member, Policy Council for the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 2007-2010.

Advisory Board Member, AAAS Committee for the Kentucky EPSCoR Program, 2005-2010.

Advisory Board Member, AAAS Committee for the Maine Forest Bio-products EPSCoR Program, 2006-2008.

Advisory Board Member, AAAS Committee for the Kentucky EPSCoR Program, 2005-2008.

Advisory Board Member, Expert Review Panel, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). 2006-2008.

Advisory Board Member, Review Panel, Performance Measurement Sourcebook, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 2006-2009. Elected Member, Policy Council for the Association.

Fulbright Senior Specialist, Latvia. May-June 2004; June-July 2005.


Current and recent projects  
“Evaluating the Kentucky NSF EPSCoR Award 2014-19: “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future.”

“Innovations in Graduate Education: A Study of Online and Traditional Access to Graduate Education in Computer Science: An Evaluation of Georgia Tech’s Online Offerings.”

“Evaluating Atlanta BEST: Beyond the Professoriate: Transforming Pathways for Biomedical Research Careers.”

“Research and Evaluation Project for the Gates Foundation Breakthrough Delivery Model Portfolio”

“Empirical Research: Breaking through the Reputational Ceiling: Professional Networks as a Determinant of Advancement, Mobility, and Career Outcomes for Women and Minorities in STEM.” Funded by the National Science Foundation. 2009-2012. (Co-Principal Investigator with Eric Welch and Monica Gaughan).

“Women in Science and Engineering: Network Access, Participation, and Career Outcomes” Funded by the National Science Foundation. 2005-present. (Co-principal investigator.)

“Assessing the LIFE (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments) Center: A Scientific and Technical Human Capital Evaluation Model.” Funded by the National Science Foundation (subcontract to Arizona State University.) 2005-present. (Co-principal investigator.)

“Evaluation of the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Engineering Research Center.” Funded by the MAE, an NSF ERC Center. 2005-present. (Co-principal investigator.)



Recent and selected publications  
Pinheiro, Diogo, Julia Melkers, and Jan Youtie. "Learning to play the game: Student publishing as an indicator of future scholarly success." Technological Forecasting and Social Change 81 (2014): 56-66.

Youtie, J., Kay, L., & Melkers, J. (2013). Bibliographic coupling and network analysis to assess knowledge coalescence in a research center environment. Research Evaluation.

Wang, Jian*, Kaspars Berzins*, Diana Hicks, Julia Melkers, Fang Xiao* and Diogo Pinheiro (2012) “A Boosted-Trees Method for Name Disambiguation.” Scientometrics.

Melkers, Julia and Diana Hicks (2012) Bibliometrics as a Tool for Research Evaluation.” in Al Link & Nick Vornatas, Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation, Edward Elgar, 2012.

Melkers, J., A. Kiopa*, R.T. Abler, E.J. Coyle, J.M. Ernst, J.V. Krogmeier, A. Johnson, (2012) “The social web of engineering education: knowledge exchange in integrated project teams,” Proceedings of the 42nd Annual ASEE/IEEE Annual Education Conference San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

Melkers, Julia and Diogo Pinheiro, (2011) “The Need to Look Elsewhere: The Push and Pull of Underrepresented Minority Faculty Professional Networks.” Technological Forecasting & Social Change.

Abler, R., E.J. Coyle, A. Kiopa*, J. Melkers, (2011) “Team-based Software/System Development in a Vertically-Integrated Project-Based Course,” Proceedings of the 41st Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, Oct. 12-15, 2011.

Abler, R. , J.V. Krogmeier, A. Ault, J. Melkers, T. Clegg*, and E.J. Coyle, (2010) “Enabling and Evaluating Collaboration of Distributed Teams with High Definition Collaboration Systems,” Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Louisville, KY, June 20-23, 2010.

Melkers, Julia and Agrita Kiopa* (2010) “The Social Capital of Global Ties in Science: The Added Value of International Collaboration.” Review of Policy Research Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 389–414, July 2010.

Melkers, Julia and Fang Xiao* (2010) “Boundary-spanning in emerging technology research: determinants of funding success for academic scientists.” Journal of Technology Transfer.

A. Kiopa, J. Melkers and E. Tanyildiz (2009) “Women in academic science: mentors and career development” in Women in Science and Technology (Editors:, Sven Hemlin, Luisa Oliveira and Katarina Prpic.) (Zagreb: Croatia: (Institute for Social Research and SSTNET (Sociology of Science and Technology Network) of European Sociological Association (ESA.)

J. Melkers, Julia and Yonghong Wu (2009) “Evaluating the Improved Research Capacity of EPSCoR States: R&D Funding and Collaborative Networks in the NSF EPSCoR Program.” Forthcoming, Review of Policy Research.

B. Ponomoriov, E. Welch and J. Melkers (2009) “Assessing the Outcomes of Student Involvement in Research: Educational Outcomes in an Engineering Research Center.” Forthcoming in Research Evaluation.

J. Melkers and Fang Xiao (2009) “Boundary-Spanning in Emerging Technology Research: Determinants of Funding Success for Academic Scientists,” Forthcoming, Journal of Technology Transfer.

Melkers, Julia, Eric Welch and Gordon Kingsley The New Generation of R&D Evaluation Methods: A Cross-National Review of Performance Measurement. Forthcoming: Edgar Elgar Publishing Co.

J. Melkers “On the Road to Improved Performance: Changing Organizational Communication through Performance Measurement.” Volume 30, No. 1 September 2006 in Public Performance and Management Review.

J. Melkers “Assessing the Outcomes of State Science and Technology Organizations.” Volume 18, No. 2 May 2004 in Economic Development Quarterly.

Recent Conference/Working Papers
Welch, E. and J. Melkers (2008) “Effects of Network Size and Gender on Research Grant Awards to Scientists and Engineers: An Analysis from a National Survey of Six Fields” Paper presented at the 2008 Meeting of PRIME, Mexico City, Mexico. September 2008.

Kiopa*, J. Melkers, and C. Fonseca* “Mentoring the Scientific Workforce: Mentors and Constellations of Mentors in the Career Development of Academic Scientists.” (2008) Presented at the 2008 Association for Public Policy and Management Meeting (APPAM) in Los Angeles, CA.

“Bridging the Differences: The Role of Mentoring in Closing the Gap for Women Academic Scientists.” Presented at the European Sociological Association (ESA) Workshop on Women in Science and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia: June 5-6 2008. (co-authored with Agrita Kiopa and Zeyrep Esra Tanyildiz.)

“The Role of Social Networks for Women in Science and Engineering.” Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Boston, MA February 2008. (with Eric Welch.)

“Effects of Network Participation and Access on Career Outcomes for Women Scientists: A National Social Network Analysis.” Presented at the Association of Public Policy and Management Annual Conference , November 2007. (with Eric Welch.)

Recent Invited Presentations
“Regional and national dimensions in STI policy making.” Invited Plenary Speaker: PRIME Conference, Mexico City, September 2008. Plenary Session.

"Networks of Science: Crossing Disciplines, Institutions and Sectors" Invited Keynote Speaker: ESIP (Earth Science Information Partnership) Summer Meeting at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. July 16, 2008.


Professional associations
Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Public Management Research Association
American Evaluation Association
Policy Studies Organization