Research Staff

Vice President for Research Office

David Reed

Vice President for Research

906-487-3043
ddreed@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 301
Cathy Codere

Cathy Codere

Assistant to the Vice President for Research

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"Sure, we can do that."

Michael Abbott

Director, Great Lakes Research Center Operations

906-487-3165
Cell: 906-281-1230
mdabbott@mtu.edu
GLRC 309

Jamey Anderson

Coordinator of Marine Operations

906-487-2914
jameya@mtu.edu
GLRC 310

Specialties

  • Oversee research buoys
  • Maintain and repair Remote Operated Vehicles
  • Maintain R/V Agassiz to USCG standards
  • Maintain and operate survey vessels
  • Provide electrical and mechanical support of specialized research equipment

Natasha Chopp

Research Development and Marketing Manager

906-487-1115
nichopp@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202A

Specialties

  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives
  • Develop, expand, and provide oversight for activities designed to assist researchers with their success at obtaining external private funding
  • Work with departments, schools, centers/institutes, and research faculty to develop coordinated strategies for increasing external private funding
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
  • Oversee the coordination of VPR campus education
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Richard Elenich

Director, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2763
rjelenic@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204D

Specialties

  • Provide data submissions to federal and state governments
  • Serve as consultants to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University
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Erika Erkkila

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
emerkkil@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
Michael Hendricks

Mike Hendricks

Director, Institutional Systems Development & Analysis

906-487-2155
mfhendri@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 214B
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Mary Beth Hodges

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
mhodges@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
Peter A. Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

Director, Research Development

906-487-2906
palarsen@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202D

Specialties

  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • Development of broader impacts, education, and outreach plans for proposals
  • Development of management and assessment plans for proposals
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Debbie Lassila

Executive Director of Budget and Planning

906-487-3112
dlassila@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 309
Jodi Lehman

Jodi Lehman

Assistant Director, Research Development

906-487-2875
jglehman@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202B

Specialties

  • Student mentoring for development of external fellowship proposals, including NSF, GRFP, DOD Smart, and related programs
  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • Development of broader impacts, education, and outreach plans for proposals
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

Director, Sponsored Operations

906-487-3170
gllemay@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 335

Specialties

  • Assist VPR staff with human resource processes
  • Develop and oversee internal business and data processes by continually reviewing and improving them
  • Communicate proposal and award data to campus community
  • Assist the department with special projects
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

Business Information and Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

906-487-3170
jmanches@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Manage the Vice President for Research (VPR) TechTracS database to ensure data integrity and provide user support
  • Analyze data to design, create, and communicate information to internal VPR and external customers
  • Create and maintain documentation of the reporting procedures and operational processes for the VPR area
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Alan Ollanketo

Planning Analyst, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2828
apollank@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204B

Specialties

  • Provide data submissions to federal and state governments
  • Serve as consultant to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University
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Byron Quinn

Budget Analyst, Budget and Planning

906-487-2253
bjquinn@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 205
Darlene Saari

Darlene Saari

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
dfsaari@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in departmental databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal contracts
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Beverly Schmitz

Office Assistant, Sponsored Operations Office

906-487-3170
bschmitz@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Supports the VPR area in general day-to-day office operations, including tasks such as ordering & maintaining office supplies, mail distribution, maintenance of internal forms/lists, payroll, credit card reallocations, etc.
  • Data enters proposals and award information into the department database
  • Assists in data integrity processes, including data quality checks, pending proposal cleanup, and closeout of expired projects
  • Compiles and communicates proposal information to Tech Today
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Richelle Schwaller

Business Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

906-487-3170
richelle@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Campus outreach activities, including creating and presenting educational/training materials for VPR staff
  • Analyze data to design, create, and communicate information to internal and external customers
  • Support VPR reporting needs
  • Provide user support
  • Assist the VPR units with special projects

Sanghamitra Senapati

Planning Analyst, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2820
ssenapat@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204C

Specialties

  • Provide data submissions to federal and state governments
  • Serve as consultants to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University

Compliance, Integrity, and Safety

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Joanne Polzien

Executive Director, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety

906-487-2902
jpolzien@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 302
David Dixon

David Dixon

Biosafety Officer, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

906-487-2131
dcdixon@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 323
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Cheryl Gherna

Coordinator, Regulatory Review Boards, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

906-487-2902
cagherna@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Coordinate and monitor activity that involves human and animal subjects
  • Advise and assist researchers with applications and revisions that involve human and animal subjects
  • Ensure compliance with federally mandated regulations
Allen Niemi

Allen Niemi

Director of Occupational Safety and Health Services

906-487-2118
anniemi@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 322
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Kimberly Puuri

Staff Assistant, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

906-487-2902
kjpuuri@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Provide support for Research Integrity & Compliance staff
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Aparupa Sengupta

Lab Safety Scientist/Responsible Conduct of Research Instructor, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

906-487-3153
asengupt@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Develop standardized lab safety program and assist departments with implementation of the program
  • Provide lab safety guidance to University staff, faculty, and administrators regarding codes, policies, and procedures
  • Assist with review of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) disclosures
  • Instruct "Responsible Conduct of Research" course (UN0500)
  • Conduct RCR training seminars (lunch and learn) for faculty, staff, and students

Sponsored Programs Accounting

Julie Seppala

Executive Director of Financial Services and Operations

Executive Director, Sponsored Programs Office

Treasurer, Board of Control
Treasurer, Michigan Tech Fund

906-487-2642
jhseppal@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 304
Tammy LaBissoniere

Tammy LaBissoniere

Associate Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
tklabiss@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 303
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Kelly Kallio

Senior Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
kmkallio@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 332

Specialties

  • Federal Awards (Project & Budget Setup, Assist in Expenditure Processing, Project Close-Out)
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Chris Klein

Billing Coordinator, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
cmgruver@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Invoicing/Financial Reporting
  • Outstanding receivable collection
  • Industry Awards (Project and Budget Setup, Assist in Expenditure Processing, Project Close-out)
  • Expenditure Review
Tracy LaPlante

Tracy LaPlante

Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
talaplan@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Federal and Other Awards (Project & Budget Setup, Assist in Expenditure Processing, Project Close-out)
  • Outstanding receivable collection
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Leslie Ruoho

Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
laruoho@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Support for Invoicing/Financial Reporting
  • Support for New Index & Budget Setup
  • Coordinates the collection of the Project Payroll Certification documents
  • Expenditure review (purchase requisitions, travel vouchers, procurement card expenditures)
Chris Stancher

Christopher Stancher

Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
cstanche@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Federal Pass Thru, State, and State Pass Thru Awards
  • Project & Budget Setup, Assist in Expenditure Processing, and Project Close-out
  • Financial Reporting
  • Expenditure Review
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Erin Strack

Assistant Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
edstrack@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Foreign, Foundation, and Internal Awards (Project and budget setup, Assist in Expenditure Processing, Project Close-out)
  • Letter of Credit Billing

Sponsored Programs Office

Julie Seppala

Executive Director of Financial Services and Operations

Executive Director, Sponsored Programs Office

Treasurer, Board of Control
Treasurer, Michigan Tech Fund

906-487-2642
jhseppal@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 304
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Lisa Jukkala

Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
lajukkal@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 337
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Jennifer Bukovich

Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
jlbukovi@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
Kim Codere

Kim Codere

Manager of Grants and Contracts, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
kmcodere@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 339

Specialties

  • General oversight for all proposal submissions, award negotiations, and post-award administration (excluding accounting functions)
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission for government granting agencies
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for grant awards and modifications
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
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Leah Engler

Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
lhengler@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements and contracts
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post-award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)
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Erika Erkkila

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
emerkkil@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
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Mary Beth Hodges

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
mhodges@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in department databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
Darlene Saari

Darlene Saari

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
dfsaari@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Assist analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Coordinate the preparation and hardcopy/electronic submission of proposals and awards
  • Track proposal and awards in departmental databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal contracts
Carol Wittanen

Carol Wiitanen

Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
cawiitan@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

Specialties

  • Develop, review, and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret, and negotiate agreement terms and conditions for government agreements
  • Create, negotiate, and administer sub-awards
  • Post award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)

Innovation and Industry Engagement

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Executive Director, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
jrbaker@mtu.edu
ATDC 210

Specialties

  • Intellectual property/patents
  • Technology licensing
  • Corporate research
  • Spin-off/start-up business development
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Shivam Bharti

Technology Commercialization Associate, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-1094
sbharti@mtu.edu
ATDC 212

Specialties

  • Lead technology commercialization activities including review of invention disclosures, development and execution of patent protection strategy, and execution of commercialization plans.
  • Develop licensing opportunities and negotiate license terms with existing and startup companies.
  • Participate in the formation and growth of new companies started for the purpose of commercializing University intellectual property.
  • Interpret and explain University policies and practices related to a number of areas including intellectual property rights, sponsored research, and conflict of interest.
  • Develop and implement commercialization strategies including cultivation of licensees and strategic partners and recruitment of research and development funding from public and private sources.
John Diebel

John Diebel

Assistant Director for Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
jfdiebel@mtu.edu
M&M 706

Specialties

  • Solicits reviews and receives invention disclosures from faculty, students, and research personnel
  • Describes features of disclosed inventions to patent counsel and office personnel for patentability assessments
  • Assesses market potential for licensing of inventions or for sponsored research funding based on inventions
  • Develops technology commercialization strategies and strategies for intellectual property protection
  • Participates in negotiations for non-disclosure agreements, license agreements, material transfer agreements, and other related IP agreements with industry
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Margaret Dunstan

Office Assistant, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
mdunstan@mtu.edu
ATDC 203

Specialties

  • Receptionist
  • Administers room reservations for the Ford Conference Center
  • Assists Patent License Manager in Non-Disclosure Agreements/Material Transfer Agreements process
  • Processes Gift-In-Kind
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

Assistant Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2735
cbfrende@mtu.edu
ATDC 201

Specialties

  • Assist Contracts Analyst with industrial sponsored research proposals and awards processes
  • Manage departmental general fund finances and budgets
  • Assist Unrestricted Sponsored Programs and Student Design Contracts Manager with Student Design/Enterprise proposals and awards processes
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"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."
—Charles F. Kettering

Diane Garrow

Mgr, Academic Agreements, Student Design Contracts, and Unrestricted Sponsored Programs, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
dfgarrow@mtu.edu
ATDC 207

Specialties

  • Student Design project contracts (non-governmental) review, negotiation, authorization, and pre- and post-award administration
  • Domestic and International Academic Agreements review, negotiation, and processing
  • Gift proposal review, interpretation, and authorization
  • PERC Partnership Agreements review, negotiation, authorization, and processing
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Marilyn Haapapuro

Associate Director for Industrial Contracting, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
mkhaapap@mtu.edu
ATDC 203

Specialties

  • Administration of industrial sponsored research agreements, including negotiation practices, proposal and award processes, and contract language.
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission to industrial sponsors, including those with federal pass-through funds.
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions with industrial sponsors.
  • Review, interpret and determine applicability of Federal Acquisition Regulations in federal pass-through awards.
  • Provide post award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in project scope).
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Tom Holzberger

Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2946
taholzbe@mtu.edu
ATDC 204

Specialties

  • General oversight of industry/corporate contracts including those funded by another source (eg. federal or state agency) through an industry sponsor
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission to sponsor
  • Review, interpret and negotiate contract terms and conditions
  • Provide post award support related to contract terms (eg. time extension, change in principal investigator, budget modifications, change in scope)
Robin Kolehmainen

Robin Kolehmainen

Patent/License Manager, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
rakolehm@mtu.edu
ATDC 208

Specialties

  • Reviews, negotiates, and processes Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements
  • Manages the University Trademark Program entailing the processing of license agreements with vendors to use university logos
  • Administering legal matters (patents)
  • Processes and manages license agreements with the university
  • Information system management
Mike Morley

Mike Morley

Manager, Tech Marketing, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-2228
mcmorley@mtu.edu
ATDC 209

Specialties

  • Invention disclosure and portfolio management
  • Commercial and intellectual property assessment for new technologies
  • Technology marketing, commercialization planning, and licensing

Brent Burns

Director of Industry Relations

906-487-3674
Cell: 906-281-7746
bburns@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202F

Specialties

  • Leads the activities of the Industry Relations team through the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement
  • Directs strategies for greater engagement and support between industry partners and University stakeholders
Pete Cattelino

Pete Cattelino

Associate Director of Strategic Industry Partnerships

906-487-3486
pjcattel@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202G

Specialties

  • Leads relationship development of strategic industry partnerships
  • Directs the engagement of key corporate partners in cooperation with multiple University stakeholders
  • Coordinates broad-based proposals that support multiple University stakeholders yielding a broad range of industry partner benefits
Brian Hannon

Brian Hannon

Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

906-487-3572
Cell: 906-370-2423
bghannon@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202H

Specialties

  • Leads opportunity engagement with industry partners for sponsored programs at the University, including Clean Snowmobile Challenge and Mind Trekkers
  • Develops external prospects for Keweenaw Research Center research and testing
  • Identifies industrial support for sponsored research
Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Director of Industry Program Development

906-487-1087
Cell: 906-281-6983
adam@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202E

Specialties

  • Directs the development of sustainable funding models for University programs that provide benefit to the University and industry partners
  • Leads development of initiatives to increase industrial funding for institutes, centers, and strategic programs at the University

Elizabeth Hoy

Assistant Director of Operations and Industry Outreach

906-487-1208
elizabeth@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202I

Specialties

  • Identifies and implements operational processes for monitoring and communicating University and industry partnership activities
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Leads economic development activities through the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement