Research

Associate Vice President for Research Development Directory

Associate Vice President for Research Development

Kathy Halvorsen

  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy
John Velat

John Velat

  • Research Coordinator

Research Development

Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

  • Associate Director of Research Development

Specialties

  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • 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
  • For the academic year 2019-20, she dedicates research development support to the  Health Research Institute (HRI). HRI members can reach out to her directly for prioritized proposal support.
  • Gets super excited about summer
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal Relations & Corporate Research

Specialties

  • Chief federal relations officer for the University.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislative branch and executive branch officials, their staff members, and higher education and other policy advocates and associations.
  • Develops and implements research strategies for engaging agencies, companies, and organizations.
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.
  • For the academic year 2019-20, he dedicates research development support to the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. ICC members can reach out to him directly for prioritized proposal support.
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Associate Director of Corporate Research

Specialties

  • Develops and implements strategies for engaging agencies, companies and organizations to support sponsored research
  • Engages with faculty and campus stakeholders to identify new opportunities and assist with proposal development

Research Integrity

David Dixon

David Dixon

  • Director of Biological Laboratory Operations
Courtney Holzberger

Courtney Holzberger

  • Director of Animal Research Protection Programs

Specialties

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

Christina Lehmann

  • Director of Human Research Protection Programs
Jeffrey Lewin

Jeffrey Lewin

  • Director of Chemical Laboratory Operations
Stephen Zapolnik

Stephen Zapolnik

  • Associate Director of Laboratory Operations

Chemical Stores

Jesse Garrow

Jesse Garrow

  • Stores Clerk
John LeMay

John LeMay

  • Stores Clerk
Joel Smith

Joel Smith

  • Chem Stores Manager