Research Staff

Vice President for Research Office

David Reed

Vice President for Research

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

Cathy Jenich

Assistant to the Vice President for Research

Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

Assistant Director, Research Development

906-487-3126
jnbrassa@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202A

Specialties

  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • Student advising for development of external fellowship proposals, including NSF, GRFP, DOD SMART, and related programs
  • Manage the proposal development process (coordinating milestones, internal deadlines, meetings, e-mail reminders, etc.)
  • Support for early career faculty including assisting in finding funding opportunities, navigating processes at Michigan Tech, and developing white-papers and proposals
  • Gets super excited about summer

Natasha Chopp

Director, Research Opportunities

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

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
  • Student mentoring for development of external fellowship proposals, including NSF, GRFP, DOD Smart, and related programs
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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

Randy Laurn

Administrative Aide, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
rmlaurn@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

Lydia Gockenbach

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226

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

906-487-3126
palarsen@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202D

Specialties

  • Enhancement of the research environment for external proposal success through networking/collaboration/information sharing events and related campus-wide efforts.
  • Pre-submission assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others), in particular large and strategic university initiatives
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
  • Proposal development assistance: writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • Development of non-technical proposal sections (e.g., broader impacts, education, management, and outreach plans.
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Jodi Lehman

Jodi Lehman

Associate Director, Research Development & Director, Foundation Relations

906-487-3126
jglehman@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202C

Specialties

  • Manage/steward foundation relationships
  • Strategic research advancement planning
  • Proposal development - idea-generating, writing, editing, visual design, evaluation plans, and broader impact/training sections
  • Enhancement of collaboration/team science and project management
  • Provide research development opportunities - seminars, workshops, and webinars
  • Faculty liaison with federal agencies
  • When not in the office, can usually be found on the Tech Trails or Lake Superior
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

Director of Sponsored Operations and Information Systems

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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Hailey LaFleur

Planning Analyst

906-487-2820
htlafleu@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204B

Specialties

  • Analyze data to design, create and communicate information to customers internal and external to the University
  • 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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Siyu Wang

Planning Analyst, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2828

Lakeshore Center 204A

Specialties

  • Analyze data to design, create and communicate information to customers internal and external to the University
  • Serve as consultant to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University

Kristi Kesti-Pieti

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

krkesti@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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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
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Debbie Sheldon

Executive Director of Budget and Planning

906-487-3112
dlassila@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 309
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Nicholas Stevens

Senior Budget Analyst

906-487-3279
nwsteven@mtu.edu
202I Lakeshore Center

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
Pete Baril

Pete Baril

Health and Safety Manager

906-487-1496
pdbaril@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 320 B2
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 subjects
  • Advise and assist researchers with applications and revisions that involve human subjects
  • Ensure compliance with federally mandated regulations
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Courtney Holzberger

Supervisor of ACF and IACUC Coordinator

906-487-2878
Cell: Emergency # 906-369-0173
crholzbe@mtu.edu
ACF

Specialties

  • Coordinate and monitor activity that involves animal subjects
  • Advise and assist researchers with applications and revisions that involve animal subjects

Jeffrey Lewin

Chemical Safety Officer, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

906-487-3153
jclewin@mtu.edu
Lakeshore 322
Pat Muller

Patricia (Pat) Muller

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

906-487-2014
pamuller@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 320A1
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Kimberly Puuri

Administrative Aide, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office

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

Specialties

  • Provide support for Research Integrity & Compliance staff

Sponsored Programs Accounting

Tammy LaBissoniere

Tammy LaBissoniere

Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
tklabiss@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 303
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Renee Wadesson

Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

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

Specialties

  • Support for Sponsored Programs Accounting Staff
  • Support for Invoicing & Financial Reporting
  • Support for New Index & Budget Set up
  • Assists in the collection of Project Payroll Certification Documents (PPCD)
  • Expenditure Review
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Kelly Kallio

Manager, Sponsored Programs Accounting

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

Specialties

  • General oversight for all Sponsored Project Set-up, Post Award Management & Closeout, and Expenditure Review
  • Financial Audits
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Christine Klein

Assistant Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

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

Specialties

  • Industry, Foreign, Foundation, Association, Society, Other & Research Excellence Funds (REF) Project Set-up, Management & Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Financial Reporting
Tracy LaPlante

Tracy LaPlante

Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

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

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Outstanding Receivable Collection
  • Assist with Financial Audits
Leslie Ruoho

Leslie Turnquist

Billing Coordinator, Sponsored Programs Accounting

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

Specialties

  • Sponsor Invoicing and Letter of Credit Drawdowns
  • Collection of Accounts Receivable
  • EPAF Approval
  • Expenditure Review
Chris Stancher

Christopher Stancher

Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

906-487-2244
cstanche@mtu.edu
DOW 617 - Satellite Pilot Office

Specialties

  • Sponsored Project Set-up
  • Post Award Management and Closeout
  • Expenditure Review
  • Project Payroll Certification Documents (PPCD)
  • Assist with Financial Audits

Sponsored Programs Office

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Lisa Jukkala

Director, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
lajukkal@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 337
Kim Codere

Kim Codere

Manager, 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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Jennifer Bukovich

Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
jlbukovi@mtu.edu
DOW 616 - Satellite Pilot Office

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)
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)

Hilary Anderson

Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

906-487-2226
hilarya@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 (e.g. time extension, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in scope, etc., excluding accounting functions)

Lydia Gockenbach

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226

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

Kristi Kesti-Pieti

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

krkesti@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

Randy Laurn

Administrative Aide, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
rmlaurn@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

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
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

Director of Federal & 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

Jim Desrochers

Associate Director of Industry Relations

906-487-3461
jtdesroc@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202E

Specialties

  • Solicit and secure partnerships and funding with corporate employers of Michigan Tech students
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Collaborate with University administrators in the stewardship of corporate gift programs and proposals
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Katie Buehner

Assistant Director of Industry Relations

906-231-6749
katieb@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202

Specialties

  • Enhance and expand engagement of industry on campus
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Build deep relationships and connect University priorities with the interests of corporations
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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Jessica Alger

Office Assistant, Innovation and Industry Engagement

906-487-3099
jlalger@mtu.edu
ATDC

Specialties

  • Data entry
  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Administers room reservations for the Ford Conference Suite
  • Assists Patent/License Manager in non-disclosure, material transfer agreement and invention disclosure processes
  • Assists the manager for unrestricted sponsored programs and student design contracts with Student Design/Enterprise proposals and awards
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

Assistant Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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

Specialties

  • General oversight of Foundation, Association and Society proposals and awards
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions
  • Provide post-award support (e.g. time extensions, budget modifications, changes in scope, excluding accounting functions)
  • Assist with industrial and foreign sponsored proposals and awards
  • Manage departmental general fund and research project finances and budgets
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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

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
Shannon Kokkonen

Shannon Kokkonen

Coordinator, Operations & Industry Outreach

906-487-3456
smkokko@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Second Floor

Specialties

  • Lead Salesforce software user interactions and system interfaces
  • Develop and lead the coordination of industry campus visits
  • Manage industry stewardship development
  • Maintain customer relationship management system
  • Lead and support Industry Relations & Research Development staff on a variety of projects/initiatives
Mike Morley

Mike Morley

Director of Technology Commercialization, 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