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


  • Vice President for Research Department Operations
  • Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation Secretary
  • Superior Innovations Secretary
  • Research Advisory Council Secretary
  • Faculty Start-up
  • Lakeshore Center Liaison
  • Advanced Technology Development Complex Liaison
Jim Baker

Jim Baker

  • Associate Vice President for Research Administration


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

Kathy Halvorsen

  • Associate Vice President for Research Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal Relations & Corporate Research


  • 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.
Jacob Manchester

Jacob Manchester

  • Associate Director of Corporate Research


  • 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
Peter Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

  • Director, Research Development


  • 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
Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

  • Associate Director of Research Development


  • 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
Natasha Chopp

Natasha Chopp

  • Director of Research Operations and Faculty Liaison


  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives
  • Manage the University's space management system, ASPIRE
  • Provide assistance to conceptualize plans and tactics for establishing and enhancing relations with sources of long-term support
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
  • Oversee the coordination of VPR campus education
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

  • Director of Sponsored Operations and Information Systems


  • 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


  • 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
Mike Abbott
"Sure, we can do that."

Mike Abbott

  • Director of H-STEM Planning and Operations