Our strategic plan was originally written and approved by NSF at the onset of our becoming a Science and Technology Center, November 1, 2010. It is a “living” document in that it is reviewed and edited annually as a part of our reporting and evaluation process to best represent current strategic initiatives and vision. We view the strategic plan as a road map for achieving the Center's primary goals, objectives, and the actions we believe will fulfill our mission. It provides an introductory narrative for our three research thrusts, the education and diversity goals, as well as elucidating how we will achieve knowledge transfer outcomes. In addition, the plan provides details of our management structure and ethics in research commitments.