Research

Research Staff

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Compliance, Integrity, and Safety

Joanne Polzien

Joanne Polzien

  • Executive Director, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety
David Dixon

David Dixon

  • Biosafety Officer, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office
Courtney Holzberger

Courtney Holzberger

  • Supervisor of ACF and IACUC Coordinator

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

  • Coordinator of Regulatory Review Boards
Jeffrey Lewin

Jeffrey Lewin

  • Chemical Safety Officer, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Office
Chris Maxson

Chris Maxson

  • General Safety Specialist; Compliance, Integrity and Safety
Patricia (Pat) Muller

Patricia (Pat) Muller

  • Environmental Health and Safety Analyst, Compliance, Integrity, and Safety
Stephen Zapolnik

Stephen Zapolnik

  • EHS Technician

Sponsored Programs Accounting

Tammy LaBissoniere

Tammy LaBissoniere

  • Director, Sponsored Programs Accounting
Kelly Kallio

Kelly Kallio

  • Manager, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Specialties

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

Christopher Stancher

  • Senior Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Specialties

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

Christine Klein

  • Assistant Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Specialties

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

Lori Baakko

  • Assistant Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting
Chelsie Carne

Chelsie Carne

  • Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs Accounting
Michelle Meneguzzo

Michelle Meneguzzo

  • Assistant Grant Accountant, Sponsored Programs Accounting

Sponsored Programs Office

Lisa Jukkala

Lisa Jukkala

  • Director, Sponsored Programs Office
Jennifer Bukovich

Jennifer Bukovich

  • Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs 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 Wiitanen

Carol Wiitanen

  • Senior Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs 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)
Hilary Anderson

Hilary Anderson

  • Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

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

Lydia Gockenbach

  • Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs 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
Randy Laurn

Randy Laurn

  • Assistant Grants Analyst, Sponsored Programs Office

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)
Sherri Gerardy

Sherri Gerardy

  • Office Assistant, Sponsored Programs Office

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 

Innovation and Industry Engagement

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
Brenda Da Costa

Brenda Da Costa

  • MTRAC Commercialization Program Director, Innovation & Industry Engagement
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

  • Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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
Marilyn Haapapuro

Marilyn Haapapuro

  • Director for Industrial Contracting, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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).
Tom Holzberger

Tom Holzberger

  • Senior Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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

  • Manager of Agreements and Operations, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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 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
Mike Morley

Mike Morley

  • Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Links of Interest

Specialties

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

Kathleen Terando

  • Assistant Contracts Analyst
Nate Yenor

Nate Yenor

  • Technology Commercialization Associate