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


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

Jacob Manchester

  • Business Information and Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office


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

Mike Abbott

  • Director of H-STEM Planning and Operations