Vice President for Research Directory

Vice President for Research Office

David Reed

Vice President for Research

906-487-3043
ddreed@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 301
Cathy Jenich

Cathy Jenich

Assistant to the Vice President for Research

Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

Assistant Director, Research Development

906-487-3126
jnbrassa@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202A

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

Director of Research Opportunities

906-487-1115
nichopp@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202B

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
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Richard Elenich

Director, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2763
rjelenic@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204D

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

Randy Laurn

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office

906-487-2226
rmlaurn@mtu.edu
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
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
Michael Hendricks

Mike Hendricks

Director, Institutional Systems Development & Analysis

906-487-2155
mfhendri@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 214B
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Office Assistant, Vice President for Research 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
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal grants
Peter A. Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

Director, Research Development

906-487-3126
palarsen@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202D

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

Associate Director, Research Development & Director, Foundation Relations

906-487-3126
jglehman@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 202C

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
Gina LeMay

Gina LeMay

Director of Sponsored Operations and Information Systems

906-487-3170
gllemay@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 335

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

906-487-3170
jmanches@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

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
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Zoe Miller

Planning Analyst

906-487-2820
zamiller@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204A

Specialties

  • Analyze data to design, create and communicate information to customers internal and external to the University
  • Serve as consultant to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University
Alan Ollanketo

Alan Ollanketo

Coordinator, Institutional Analysis

906-487-2828
apollank@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 204B

Specialties

  • Analyze data to design, create and communicate information to customers internal and external to the University
  • Serve as consultant to administrative officers and University committees regarding operational studies and data
  • Maintain the official repository for statistical information about the University
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Kristi Kesti-Pieti

Office Assistant, Vice President for Research Office


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 departmental databases
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for sub-awards under federal contracts
  • Review and track invoices for sub-awards under federal contracts
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Richelle Schwaller

Business Systems Analyst, Sponsored Operations Office

906-487-3170
richelle@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center, Third Floor

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
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Debbie Sheldon

Executive Director of Budget and Planning

906-487-3112
dlassila@mtu.edu
Lakeshore Center 309
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Nicholas Stevens

Senior Budget Analyst

906-487-3279
nwsteven@mtu.edu
202I Lakeshore Center