Who We Are

The University Research Committee is the faculty’s voice to the research administration. The committee evaluates and advises on research-related issues and helps to identify emerging areas of interest or concern at NC State.


Current year schedule of meetings. See intranet (unity id required) for agendas.

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Current Members

Current committee members and their contact information.

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Research Calendar

All research committee meetings and other research events.

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Responsibilities of the Committee are to advise the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development and to:

  1. Encourage and support the intellectual and research interests of the faculty;
  2. Evaluate and advise on research and administration policies and procedures and promote their continuous improvement;
  3. Evaluate and advise on consulting policies and practices and promote their continuous improvement;
  4. Inform the faculty on the availability of support for research and professional development, and to assist as it can in securing such support; and
  5. Recommend to the Vice Chancellor the allocations to be made from the Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program.

2016-17 Meetings

  • August 17, 2016
  • September 21, 2016
  • October 19, 2016 – Fall Joint Meeting (8a – 12p; Talley Piedmont Ballroom)
  • November 16, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
  • January 18, 2017
  • February 15, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • April 4, 2017 – Research Retreat (TBD)
  • April 19, 2017

Current Members

Faculty Members

  • Hiller Spires, Chair; Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Teacher Education & Learning Sciences, CED
  • Daniel Dougherty, Associate Professor, Physics, COS
  • Tushar Ghosh, Professor, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, COT
  • Fikret Isik, Professor, Forestry & Environmental Resources and Associate Director, Tree Improvement Program, CNR
  • Sharon Joines, Associate Professor, Industrial Design and Director, Research in Ergonomics and Design Laboratory, COD
  • Sophia Kathariou, Professor, Food, Bioprocessing, & Nutrition Sciences, CALS
  • Eda Kemahioglu-Ziya, Associate Professor, Business Management, PCOM
  • Denis Marcellin-Little, Professor, Clinical Science, CVM
  • Jeff Mielke, Associate Professor, English, CHASS
  • Duarte Morais, Associate Professor, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, CNR
  • Joan Pennell, Professor, Social Work and Director, Center for Family & Community Engagement, CHASS
  • Stephen Porter, Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, CED
  • Coby Schal, Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, CALS
  • Abdel-Fattah Seyam, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, COT
  • Steve Shannon, Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering ABET Coordinator, COE
  • Barbara Sherry, Professor, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, CVM
  • Rob Smart, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Biological Sciences and Director, Center for Human Health and the Environment, COS
  • Michael Steer, Lampe Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COE

Ex Officio Members

  • Alan Rebar, Vice Chancellor, ORIED
  • Tish Attayek, RSC Chair and Assistant Director of Research Development, CED
  • Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hwakins Kenan Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Director, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, COE
  • Genevieve Garland, Director, Research Operations, ORIED
  • Marie Grubbs, Research Planning Manager, Research Development Office, ORIED
  • Peter Harries, Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School
  • Milburn Holbrook, Associate Director, Contracts and Grants
  • Jon Horowitz, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Infrastructure, ORIED
  • Matt Peterson, Director, Federal Research Affairs, ORIED
  • Pradip Pramanik, Director, Proposal Development Unit, ORIED
  • Kelly Sexton, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Technology Commercialization and New Ventures, ORIED
  • Ron Sederoff, Faculty Senate Representative and Professor, Forestry & Environmental Resources, CNR
  • Mladen Vouk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development, ORIED

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