Office of Research and Innovation Fellows

The Office of Research and Innovation is dedicated to encouraging cutting-edge faculty research leadership. Our fellows are identified by their dedication to constant improvement in identifying strategic opportunities, innovation, and enhancements to research administration.

ORI Fellows are given access to the highest level of research decision making and planning at the university. Initiatives undertaken by fellows typically fall into two categories:

Project Focused

  • Strategy, planning and/or implementation focused project-based fellowship
  • Project developed in collaboration with ORI
  • VCR and/or AVC(s) as a sponsor(s)

Research Development

  • Research and business development-based fellowship in support of NC State’s strategic research areas.
  • Fellows identified based on their research expertise
  • VCR and/or AVC(s) as a sponsor(s)

Meet our Fellows

Emily Griffith. Ph.D.

Dr. Griffith will be working on development and strategy to further innovation in  the university’s data sciences initiatives. Griffith’s primary appointment is as a research associate professor in the Department of Statistics with expertise in Sample Theory and Spatial Statistics. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from NC State and has contributed to more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Griffith has served as the Deputy Director for the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute since July 2019 and the Director of the Statistical Consulting Core at the NC State Department of Statistics since November 2017. Her prior experience included time as a Survey Statistician in the Crime Analysis R&D Unit at the FBI and work with the US Geological Survey.

Carla Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr Johnson will be working on improving the research funding profile for STEM training and education innovation. Johnson’s primary appointment is as a professor of science education in the College of Education. Her expertise is in STEM Education, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She has been the PI or co-PI on 26 research grants and projects totalling more than $48 million, and has contributed to more than 300 journal articles, books, book chapters and research reports.

Johnson has completed 32 books for the STEM Road Map project in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.  She has worked as an academic leader at institutions across the United States, including serving as special advisor to the dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute on P16 STEM.

John Muth, Ph.D.

Dr. Muth will be working on the advancement of the university’s research funding profile for defense, analytics and national security. Muth’s primary appointment is as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His expertise is in Physical Electronics, Photonics and Magnetics. He received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from NC State University. He is a cofounder of the NC State ASSIST Center, which specializes in low power wearable electronics. He also was a founding PI for PowerAmerica, a national network of manufacturing institute dedicated to the advancement  of wide band gap semiconductors.

Muth has contributed to more than 130 publications, holds 9 patents and also received a bronze star for meritorious services in Iraq.

Paola Sztajn, Ph.D.

Dr. Sztajn will be working on improving the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in faculty reappointment, promotion and tenure. She will also be working to improve the university’s competitiveness in interdisciplinary federal grant applications. Her primary appointment is as a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University and specializes in elementary teacher education and professional development.

Sztajn formerly served as the associate dean for research and innovation for the NC State University College of Education and as the Department head in the college’s Department of Teacher Education and Learning Services. She has contributed to or authored more than 100 journal articles, publications, book chapters, editorials or abstracts. Her contributions as PI or co-PI to several successful grant proposals have generated more than $26 million in funding since her arrival at NC State in 2012.

ORI may be looking for additional fellows in spring 2021, please refer to this page for more information. Reach out to Genevieve Garland, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Communications and Chief of Staff via email with questions.