2017 Events

Fall 2017 Training Session

"Learn to write a winning proposal" 

In October, ARI hosted an expert consultant from the Document Lab for a workshop with ARI researchers and faculty from the College of Engineering to help improve their skills in writing a winning proposal. Holly and her team led 4 proposal-training sessions over 3 days, including an overview, the tools needed for compliance and integration, the design of strategy and messaging and the use of graphics to improve scoring. The sessions made use of examples from the real world and were personalized to address the needs of audience. The sessions were also attended by members of the Office of Proposal Development from campus.   

The Document Lab is an 8(m) Woman-Owned Small Business that was founded in 1991 by Holly Coghill  President and CEO, and provides one-stop shopping for strategic planning, proposal development and preparation, marketing communications, website design and development, technical report writing and editing, and full-service document. Holly is well-known and respected throughout the government contracts sector wherein she has established an effective network of contacts. 

The first session was held in Mechanical Engineering Laboratory  to provide an overview of the individual courses presented over the 3-day training period, including storyboards, compliance matrices, data calls, and template development. It was attended by over 25 faculty and staff from campus.  

In the second session, attendees learned how to develop integrated compliant outlines, and to use techniques that result in a higher-scored proposal. They actively participated in some of the RFP analysis workshops and compliance outlining exercises. 

The third session focused on how to develop a compelling storyline and to define the supporting approaches as an important element to writing a winning proposal. The attendees benefited from learning some of the methods for gaining consensus on overarching themes that underpin the contract win strategy and from use of theme imagery, pictures, and icons. 

In the final session, attendees walked through some examples of graphics that directly satisfy the requirements of the RFP instructions, enhance readability, and optimize graphic formats and structures for conveying information. Holly and her team performed a comprehensive exercise on a sample proposal from within the audience to illustrate how to sketch the graphics for scope of work approaches, timelines, processes, data sets, hierarchical structures, and schedules. 

The training sessions helped faculty and staff on campus better learn the use of techniques and graphics in writing proposals that will highlight the key aspects of a proposal and structure the content for a quick and easy read by reviewers. 



ARI Seminar Series - Spring 2017


Tuesday, May 16, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Materials Tribology

Alison Dunn - Mechanical Science and Engineering

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Characterizing Continuum Breakdown in High-speed Reacting Flows: A Competition between Gas-surface and Gas-phase Reactions

Kelly Stephani - Mechanical Science and Engineering

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Graphics and Visualization in Digital Manufacturing

John Hart - Computer Science

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Controlling Wave Propagation with Architected Metamaterials

Kathryn Matlack - Mechanical Science and Engineering

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Sampling, Modeling, and Control for Spatiotemporal Processes in Manufacturing

Chenhui Shao - Mechanical Science and Engineering

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Driving Economic Growth: Prairie Research Institute (PRI)

Kevin O’Brien - Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Applying Operations Research in Online Supply Chain and Revenue Management

Linwei Xin - Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017     8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

About the Office of Proposal Development

Sheryl Goldberg - Office of Proposal Development

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Thursday, March 2, 2017       8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Learning Roles and Anomalies in Hospital Access Audit Logs

Carl Gunter - Computer Science

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Overview of Selected Research Projects at the Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Laboratory

Henrique Reis - Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Improving the Autonomy of Interacting Dynamical Systems using the Theories of Supervisory Control

Ramavarapu Sreenivas - Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

High-Resolution Simulations of Transport Processes in

Materials Processing

Pratap Vanka - Mechanical Science and Engineering

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.                 

Technology Transfer of Software at Illinois

Svetlana Sowers - Office of Technology Management

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