Large Facilities Advisor, Large Facilities Office, NSF Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management
Rebecca Yasky has been with the National Science Foundation (NSF) since 2016, serving as a Large Facilities Advisor in the Large Facilities Office, NSF Office of Budget, Finance, & Award Management (BFA). In that capacity, she provides project management oversight support to the Program Officers for assigned large facilities – CHESS, LHC, LIGO, NHMFL, and NSCL. In addition, she is the lead for NSF’s earned value management verification process and manages the updates to Large Facilities Manual (LFM). Prior to NSF, Yasky worked for 16 years at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility as a project and engineering manager. She was the project manager for the conventional facilities scope of the $338M upgrade to the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). This project doubled the energy of the accelerator from 6 giga-electron volts (GeV) to 12 GeV and constructed a fourth experimental hall with a large-acceptance detector for experiments with a high-energy, polarized photon beam. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and her M.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University. Yasky is a licensed Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional, Earned Value Professional, and Certified Construction Manager.
An Update on the LFM (retitled Major Facilities Guide)
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 1:05 pm
The updated “Large Facilities Manual (LFM)” under the new title “Major Facilities Guide (MFG) is scheduled to be in effect in Fall 2019. This revision adds a section for guidance on mid-scale research infrastructure projects; updates sections related to NSF policy on research infrastructure, roles and responsibilities for NSF staff, divestment stage, earned value management, cybersecurity, and property management; and clarifies cost estimating requirements, the construction stage total project costs including NSF policy on contingency and reporting requirements. This session will be a brief presentation the changes and give participants the opportunity to ask questions regarding these changes.
Applying the Learning Culture Concept to NSF’s Major Facilities Knowledge Management Program
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 3:20 pm
This session will be conducted in two parts. The first part will be to develop an understanding of how the NSF Major Facilities Knowledge Management Program functions and the interfaces between NSF and Facilities. As a follow-on to last year’s Knowledge Management session, participants in small groups will identify techniques for discovery of best practices and lessons learned within their organization to cultivate the NSF Major Facilities Knowledge Management Program. Each group will share key outcomes of their discussions.