Research

Vice President for Research Directory

Vice President for Research Office

David D. Reed

  • Vice President for Research
Cathy Jenich

Cathy Jenich

  • Assistant to the Vice President for Research

Jason R. Carter

  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Dr. Carter's Research

Research Interests

  • Autonomic and Cardiovascular Control in Humans
  • Neurovascular Responses to Mental Stress
  • Sleep and Autonomic Activity in Humans
  • Sex Differences and Sympathetic Activity
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Balance in Elite Athletes
Jim Baker

Jim Baker

  • Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Specialties

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

Peter A. Larsen

  • Director, Research Development

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

  • Director of Foundation Relations and Special Research Projects

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
Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

  • Assistant Director, Research Development

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

Natasha Chopp

  • Director, Research Opportunities

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
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal and Industry Relations

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
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Associate Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • 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
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Katie Buehner

Katie Buehner

  • Assistant Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • Enhance and expand engagement of industry on campus
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Shannon Meller

Shannon Meller

  • Coordinator, Operations & Industry Outreach

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
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

  • Director of Sponsored Operations and Information Systems

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
Richelle Schwaller

Richelle Schwaller

  • Senior Business Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

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
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Business Information and Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

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
Richard Elenich

Richard Elenich

  • Executive Director of Institutional Research

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
Hailey LaFleur

Hailey LaFleur

  • Research Analyst

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
Debbie Sheldon

Debbie Sheldon

  • Executive Director of Budget and Planning
Nicholas Stevens

Nicholas Stevens

  • Senior Budget Analyst