Joseph G. Danek, Ph.D.
Joseph Danek is the Senior Vice President of The Implementation
Group, Inc. As TIG’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Danek provides
consulting services to universities, schools and other not-for-profit
organizations in science, mathematics, and engineering education
and research improvement. He has a broad understanding and extensive
experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating
research and education initiatives and R&D improvement strategies
through his work at TIG and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Dr. Danek also serves as the Executive Director of the EPSCoR
Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by the 21
EPSCoR states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Territory
of the U.S. Virgin Islands, to support their efforts to enhance
their scientific and technological capabilities. As Executive Director,
Dr. Danek acts as a national spokesperson for the EPSCoR states
and a consultant for developing competitive proposals and improving
institutional R&D infrastructures.
Prior to his position at TIG, Dr. Danek spent 26 years at the
National Science Foundation. As a Senior Executive with the NSF,
Dr. Danek served as Director of the Office of Systemic Reform. This
office had an annual budget of over $140 million. In this capacity,
Dr. Danek directed three NSF educational initiatives: the State-wide
Systemic (25 states); the Urban Systemic (25 cities); and the Rural
Systemic (8 regions). In addition, he also had responsibility for
directing the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
(EPSCoR). Prior to this, Dr. Danek was the Director of Human Resource
Development Division, where he was involved in designing and directing
the NSF’s initiatives to increase the participation of minorities,
women, and persons with disabilities in science, engineering and
mathematics. Dr. Danek also served on several inter-departmental
senior management teams.
Dr. Danek earned his B.S. degree from Mount St. Mary’s College
(Maryland) and his Ph.D. in science education from the University
of Maryland, College Park.