Office of Research and Creative Activity Contacts

Mailing Address
NDSU Dept. 4000
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Delivery Address
1735 NDSU Research Park Dr
Fargo, ND 58102


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Office of the Vice President

Colleen Fitzgerald
Vice President for Research and Creative Activity

Amy Kain
Assistant to the Vice President

Fred Hudson
Communications Manager
Communications Specialist
RCA Faculty Partnerships
Undergraduate Research Director

Ying Huang
NDSU Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Welch Faculty Fellow Professor

Uncrewed Autonomous Systems (UAS) Fellow

Xin (Rex) Sun
NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering associate professor

North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute

The NDWRRI is one of 54 institutes known collectedly as the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). Founded in 1965 by authority of Congress (Water Resources Research Acts of 1964, 1972, 1984, and 1990), the NDWRRI is administrated through the United States Geological Survey.

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Xinhua Jia
NDSU Professor AES Ag & Biosystems Engineering
(701) 231-6453
Becky Hellman Tangen
Business Manager(also serves NDSU RCA and ND EPSCoR)
North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute Fellows

Trung Le
NDSU assistant professor civil & environmental engineering

Shuning Lu
NDSU assistant professor communications

Dane Mataic
NDSU assistant professor sociology and anthropology

Travis Seaborn
NDSU assistant professor, applied ecology
Core Research Facilities

The Core Research Facilities team provides oversight for the facilities managed by RCA including the Research 1, Research 1 Addition, and Research 2 buildings.The RCA Core Research Facilities represent two distinct sets of facilities and capabilities, the EMC and the Materials, Fabrication Analysis and Fabrication Core, the latter formerly known as Research Operations. The EMC houses and provides services for the university's electron microscopy, micro computed X-ray tomography, and imaging equipment used for teaching, research, and industry activities.

The Materials Characterization, Analysis and Fabrication Core (MCAF) services consist of more than 130 materials synthesis and characterization, microfabrication, device packaging, and testing equipment sets used by NDSU faculty, staff, students, and external academic and industry users (instrumentation description below). The MCAF Core is staffed by three highly skilled technicians and engineers (James Bahr, Fred Haring and Greg Strommen), with instrumentation located in buildings Research 1 Addition (R1A) and Research 2 (R2) in the NDSU Research & Technology Park.

Scott Payne
Executive Director of Core Research Facilities
(701) 231-8234

Greg Strommen
Engineering Technician
Cleanroom Microfabrication, Materials Characterization
Fred Haring
Fabrication Technician
Class 10k Cleanroom Operations, MCAL
Cleanroom Device Packaging/Assembly, Testing
Jim Bahr
Senior Engineer
Materials Research Operations, MCAL

MCAL Materials Synthesis, Scale-up, and Characterization

Becky Hellman Tangen
Business Manager
(also serves ND EPSCoR and ND Water Resources Research Institute)

Angela Evans
Building Operations Coordinator

Electron Microscopy Core

Scott Payne
(701) 231-8234
Operation and maintenance of the microCT and scanning and transmission electron microscopes, including specialized analytical techniques such as energy-dispersive spectroscopy for elemental analysis and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).


Jayma Moore
Laboratory Manager
(701) 231-8435
Instrument operation, preparation of biological and materials samples for light and electron microscopy (including fixation, dehydration, critical point drying, embedding, staining, and sputter coating), and ultramicrotomy (ultra­thin sectioning at 60-80 nm) for transmission electron microscopy, as well as office management, scheduling, and billing.

Innovation and Economic Development

Designs, leads, and manages economic development; leverages opportunities for industry partnerships; and develops and delivers programming that nurtures and grows the region’s entrepreneurial startup ecosystem.

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Cindy Graffeo
Innovation and Economic Development Director
(701) 231-6441

Strategically leverages and aligns campus and regional resources, opportunities, and assets in order to foster and support economic development, startups, entrepreneurship, and innovative efforts campus- and state-wide.


NDSU Research Foundation

Established on May 30, 1989, the NDSU Research Foundation facilitates the commercialization of intellectual property developed by NDSU faculty, students, and staff. The Foundation supports NDSU in teaching, research, and public service missions by enabling NDSU faculty to become involved in research, product, and business endeavors and by making interactions with business and industry to expand NDSU's ability to commercialize research discoveries with domestic and international for-profit business organizations.

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Zane Gernhart
Executive Director
(701) 231-6743
Manages the full life cycle of technology transfer activities generated by NDSU inventors, including managing, encouraging, and supporting the development, disclosure, and protection of NDSU’s intellectual property, technology transfer, and patent applications. Manages the NDSURF intellectual property portfolio and liaises with local, state, regional and national technology organizations.

Josie Hayden
Business Development and Licensing Manager
(701) 231-8173
Receipt and recording of invention disclosures, federal compliance for reporting and tracking of inventions developed with federal funds.

McKenna Tysdal
Business Development and Licensing Administrator
(701) 231-6681
Receipt and recording of invention disclosures, federal compliance for reporting and tracking of inventions developed with federal funds.


North Dakota EPSCoR

ND EPSCoR provides leadership and coordination to broaden and diversify ND's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce pathway from elementary through graduate school; supports and grows statewide STEM research efforts and competitiveness at participating institutions of higher education; and conveys the impact of STEM research, outreach, and workforce efforts to ND stakeholders.

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General email:

Jolynne Tschetter, Ph.D.
Executive Director
(701) 231-7516

Sheridan McNeil
Director of Tribal Partnerships
(direct report of VPR Fitzgerald)
(701) 231-8606

James Doolittle
Project Manager/Administrator
(701) 231-8264

Kathleen Wahlberg, MBA
Programs Coordinator
(701) 231-8618

Becky Hellman Tangen
Business Manager
(also serves NDSU RCA and ND Water Resources Research Institute)
(701) 231-5872

Jennifer Connell
Project Coordinator
(701) 231-1048

Communications Specialist
Research and Faculty Development

The mission of the Research and Faculty Development unit is to enhance NDSU's ability to compete for external funding by providing resources, training, and assistance related to developing successful research programs.  Activities of the research development office include announcing funding opportunities, managing the SPIN database subscription and offering training and support for users of the system, developing and coordinating grant writing workshops and professional development opportunities for faculty, managing internal funding programs such as travel awards and research support services, support for broader impacts, and developing proposal writing resources and tools.

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Heidi Grunwald
Associate Vice President for Research Development

Research Development Coordinator

Research Integrity and Compliance

Research Integrity supports Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) operations; oversees financial conflicts of interest reviews; provides veterinary animal care and consultation; and subject matter expertise on promoting research integrity and compliance with federal regulations.

Kristy Shirley
Research Integrity and Compliance Manager
Maintenance and assessment of RIC activities, Conflict of Interest Committee, Unmanned Aerial Systems compliance, Responsible Conduct of Research questions.

Attending Veterinarian
IACUC protocol development, animal procedure and surgical consultation, animal health monitoring, training oversight & development.

Tania Molden
Research Integrity and Compliance Administrator - IACUC and IBC Administrator
IACUC and IBC protocol development and processing, animal facility oversight, animal welfare education.

Andrea Ludwig
Research Integrity & Compliance Administrator - IRB
Contact for questions and matters relating to the IRB protocol development and processing, and human subjects protections education. Provides back-up support for other Research Integrity & Compliance needs, including the IACUC, IBC, and COIC.

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA)

The Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) office is the central administrative support office under the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity unit.  The office encourages and supports university faculty and staff in their pursuit of external funding to conduct research or other scholarly activity, with an emphasis on administrative functions that advance a culture of compliance with applicable regulations. SPA provides budget review and institutional signature for all external proposal submissions, manages electronic application submission processes, and negotiates awards received from external sources for sponsored program activities on behalf of the university.  The office also assists in non-financial post award administration matters.

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Val Kettner

Associate Vice President 
Authorized signature for proposals/awards (AOR); provides overall leadership for SPA; policy development; non-industry award negotiation; sponsor liaison.

Amy Scott
Assistant Director
Novelution system sponsored research module implementation lead; Authorized signature for proposals/awards (AOR); non-industry award negotiation; assistance with pre-award and non-financial post-award issues; sponsor liaison.

Cindy Eleson
Budget & Program Officer
Budget review; assistance with proposal forms; electronic proposal submission; guidance on federal submission portals.

Shelly Sandstrom
Award and Proposal Officer
Authorized signature for proposals/awards (AOR); non-industry award negotiation; assistance with pre-award and non-financial post-award issues; sponsor liaison.

Rebecca Sandell
Award & Budget Officer
Budget review; assistance with proposal forms; electronic proposal submission; assistance with budget revisions and PI changes; assistance with no-cost extensions and advanced spending requests.

Award Intake Officer
Facilitate award processing; assistance with no-cost extensions and advanced spending requests; resource for proposal/award processes; webpage maintenance.

Christy Gallagher-Lein
Research Informatics Analyst
(701) 231-8573
Statistical proposal/award reports; Power BI interactive report creation/maintenance; NSF HERD Survey data collection and reporting.


Joycelyn Lucke
Assistant Director for Business Development
(701) 231-5624 
Authorized signature for industry sponsored awards, non-financial agreements, and subawards; industry-sponsored award negotiation; industry sponsor liaison.
Sharon May
Export Control Administrator
(701) 231-6455
Strategic Research Initiatives

The Strategic Research Initiatives team provides proposal development services support to faculty developing large collaborative and multi-stakeholder proposals; manages the research recognition program; implements strategic programs and the deployment of resources to help build NDSU’s research portfolio; advances R&D efforts through programming such as research leadership, team science, and convergence; and assists with federal relations that advance NDSU’s research mission.

Sheri Anderson

Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives

Cassie Johnson
Proposal Development Manager

Kirstin Saulsbury
Project Coordinator

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