About Proposal Exponent ~ Glen T. Shen, PhD

LIKE MOST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE PROPOSAL WRITING BUSINESS. PROPOSAL EXPONENT IS A SMALL OPERATION. PROPOSALS CAN BE VERY PERSONAL. AN ORGANIZATION EXPOSES ITS BEST IDEAS AND CAPABILITIES TO REVIEWERS WHO WILL LOOK FOR WEAKNESSES. AN INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT OR SMALL TEAM WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR ORGANIZATION'S CULTURE AND ASSETS AND PROTECT ITS CONFIDENTIALITY.

glen t. shen seattle proposal writerProposal Exponent is the proposal writing service I began after a full career in academic, government, industry, and not-for-profit job sectors. As an MIT-trained scientist and engineer (BS 1979; PhD 1986), I have written, peer-reviewed, and panel-scored proposals in various fields as a principal investigator and senior administrator. I have a thorough understanding of the system and factors that separate success from rejection.

When you engage my services you will receive close, personalized attention to your project. Depending on the needs of your organization, I am able to call upon trusted individuals whom I have managed in the past, to help with tasks including research, formatting, and submittal. I do not sell DVD's, proposal templates, or other online packaged products.

My experience in the field of proposal writing is unusually rich with an international career landscape as a chemical engineer, professor of geoscience/oceanography, agricultural chemist, biotechnology startup VP, and senior executive for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the NSF Center on Materials and Devices for IT Research, and the Mote Marine Laboratory. As a former University of Washington faculty member, my proposal success rate for first-time submittals to federal sponsors was 85%.  I have exceptional skills as a teacher and a mentor, possess an easy-going demeanor, and am quick to understand your needs.


Glen’s abbreviated resume

Education
PhD Geochemistry, MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1986
BS Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979

Experience
Executive VP - Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Managing Director - NSF Center on Materials and Devices for IT Research
Branch Chief - U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL
VP Operations - SurroMed, Inc. - startup biotech company, Palo Alto, CA - Singapore
Associate Professor - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Program Review Manager - Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, Olympia, WA
Research Scientist - Columbia University / Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, NY
Process Engineer - Procter and Gamble, International; Cincinnati-Mexico City-Caracas- Lima

Awards
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington (1991 and 1996)
Presidential Young Investigator Award, U.S. National Science Foundation (1991-1996)

Skillset
Management: Program/Grants/Project management, new company startup, finance/HR/IT administration, facilities and laboratory management, business development, fund raising / capital campaigns, grant proposal authorship, personnel recruitment, external program review, EH&S, intellectual property management, technology transfer.

Technical: university-level course instruction, scientific research, analytical and environmental chemistry, peer review, lab design and construction (for chemistry, biochemistry, materials science), GLP, chemical hygiene, process engineering, chemical plant troubleshooting, plant startup, contract manufacture.

Security Clearance
Top Secret - issued by DoD Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office in Feb 2012

Community Service
ESL and job search teacher, citizenship instructor, school and handicapped center builder, provision of clean water.  Volunteer for World Relief; Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, Santa Ana, Costa Rica; Center of Hope, Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, Oaxaca, Mexico; MEDRIX - Vietnam; Founder of Segundo Uso Materiales de Construccion

Languages
Spanish; some French and Mandarin

Glen has experience with the following federal agencies:

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce (NOAA, NIST)
Department of Defense -
(all military branches, DARPA, DTRA, NSA)

Department of Homeland Security (CBP, USCG)
Department of Interior (BLM, NPS, USGS, USFWS)
Department of State
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
- (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, IHS)

Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Commission
National Aeronautical and Space Agency
National Science Foundation

Testimonials

“Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with extremely talented people, several of whom have won Nobel Prizes, and other accolades. Put very simply Glen Shen is one of the best people I have known in any capacity. If one is lucky, you may run into 1 – 2 dozen people of this caliber in a lifetime…..”

Dr. Seth Marder
Director, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics
Georgia Institute of Technology


"Collaborating with Glen on a recent business proposal was an exceptionally rewarding experience.

Glen is extremely responsive, highly personable, superb at managing deadlines, and most important, understands the complexities of detailed bid and proposal response documents. He was easily able to manage and make sense of data and content from multiple sources, and provided key insights at document final review.


His input and advice were invaluable, he simplifies the complex, and I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with him again.

Karen Masullo
Chief Marketing Officer, First Sun Outplacement and Career Transition Consulting
Managing Partner, CMO, Willows-Marsh


“Glen is very committed to getting the job done. He works late into the evenings and weekends to meet deadlines -- no excuses. I have gone through several proposal writers and he has earned our repeat business. Great results, expert, and creative.”

Sal Rabah
Vice President and Co-Owner
All Phase Services, Inc. – Construction Services


Glen is without question, one of the best people I have worked with in my years of administration at the University of Washington.”

Dr. Alvin Kwiram
Vice Provost for Research Emeritus
University of Washington

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