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Research Operations Council

The Research Operations Council provides leadership for NC State's research endeavors.

Who We Are

The Research Operations Council (ROC) provides leadership at the college and university level for NC State research endeavors. The council’s monthly meeting agenda is set by the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation. Members include the associate dean for research (or comparable chief research officer) from each college, the Vice Chancellor’s senior staff and the University Research Committee’s chair.

Mission

The Research Operations Council provides distributed leadership at the college and university level for research endeavors at NC State University. The ROC contemplates growth opportunities, identifies areas of excellence, catalyzes cross-disciplinary and trans-institutional collaborations, unifies divergent goals and objectives of local research and exploration thrusts with institutional mission and resource priorities. The ROC meets monthly under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor for Office of Research and Innovation who sets the agenda.

Objectives and Responsibilities

  • Contemplate growth opportunities.
  • Identify areas of excellence
  • Catalyze cross-disciplinary and trans-institutional collaborations
  • Unify divergent goals and objectives of local research and exploration thrusts with institutional mission and resource priorities.

2021 Meetings


Meetings held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. These meetings will be held from 8:30-10:00.

  • January 21
  • February 17
  • March 18
  • April 14
  • May 20
  • June 16
  • July NO Meeting
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December (No meeting)

2020-2021 Members

Associate Deans for Research

  • Tom Birkland, Associate Dean, Research and Engagement, CHASS
  • Soolyeon Cho, Interim Associate Dean, Research, COD
  • John Gilligan, Executive Associate Dean of Engineering, Research and Graduate Programs, COE
  • Karen Hollebrands, Associate Dean, Research, CED
  • Steve Lommel, Associate Dean, Research, CALS; Director, NC Agricultural Research Service
  • Kathryn Meurs, Associate Dean, Research, CVM
  • Heather Patisaul, Associate Dean, Research, COS
  • Robert Scheller, Interim Associate Dean, Research, CNR
  • Richard Warr, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, COM
  • Xiangwu Zhang, Associate Dean for Research, COT

Ex Officio Members

  • Mladen Vouk, Vice Chancellor, Office of Research and Innovation and Chair
  • Leah Burton, Director, Centennial Campus Partnerships and Industry Alliances, Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development
  • Emily Callihan, Research Planning Manager, RDO, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Wade Fulghum, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Research Commercialization, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Genevieve Garland, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Communications, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Jon Horowitz, Associate Vice Chancellor, Research Infrastructure, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Holly Lipkovich, Co-Chair, Research Support Council
  • Rick Liston, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Administration, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Mary Millsaps, Director of Research Compliance, SPARCS
  • David Monks, Associate Director, NCARS, CALS
  • Barbara Moses, Associate Vice Chancellor and University Budget Director, Budget Office
  • Omer Oralkan, URC Chair, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COE
  • Margery Overton, Vice Provost for Academic Strategy, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Matt Peterson, Director, Federal Research Affairs, Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Associate Dean, Industry Research and Extension, COT
  • Pradip Pramanik, Director, Proposal Development Unit, Office of Research and Innovation
  • David Rainer, Associate Vice Chancellor, Environmental Health and Public Safety
  • Justo Torres, Director, Contracts and Grants
  • Shawn Troxler, Associate General Counsel
  • Alyson Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor for National Security and Special Research Initiatives, Office of Research and Innovation