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
Jane Schuh

Vice President for Research and Creative Activity

Amy Kain
Assistant to the Vice President

Cassie Johnson
Office Assistant / Research Development Coordinator

Water Resources Research Institute


Xuefeng (Michael) Chu
Director, Water Resources Research Institute

Linda Charlton-Gunderson
Finance & Communications, Water Resources Research Institute
Phone: (701) 231-6414

Industry Engagement and Intellectual Property

Industry Engagement and Intellectual Property is composed of the Business Development Unit and the Technology Transfer Office. This group aims to maximize the opportunities for industry-sponsored research and licensing of intellectual property through streamlined intellectual property discussions during negotiation of sponsored research agreements and continuity for research sponsors interested in licensing technologies developed at NDSU. Contact this office at

Jolynne Tschetter

Executive Director, Industry Engagement & Intellectual Property
Authorized signature for industry agreements; provides overall leadership for Industry Engagement and Intellectual Property; review of invention disclosures

Joycelyn Lucke Love
Assistant Director for Business Development
Authorized signature for industry sponsored awards, non-financial agreements, and subawards; industry-sponsored award negotiation; industry sponsor liaison

Nicole Boyer
Business Development Coordinator

Denise Roehl
Business Coordinator
Receipt and recording of invention disclosures, federal compliance for reporting and tracking of inventions developed with federal funds 

Saurabhi Satam
Business Development and Licensing Associate
(701) 231-8173


The Operations team provides oversight for the facilities managed by RCA including the Research 1, Research 1 Addition, and Research 2 buildings. Core Research Facilities provide centralized shared university resources including instruments, labs and expertise to support research and education. Two recharge centers are operated under Research and Creative Activity:  The Electron Microscopy Center comprehensive imaging and analysis services and the Research Operations Recharge Center tools for materials synthesis and characterization, microfabrication, device packaging, and testing.

Aaron Reinholz

Director of Research Operations

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
Senior Business Administrator

Shanna Nelson
Operations & Program Assistant

Electron Microscopy Center

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

Research Development

The mission of the Research 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 PIVOT database subscription and offering training and support for users of the system, developing and coordinating grant writing workshops and professional development opportunities for faculty, communicating research results through a weekly newsletter, reports, news releases and articles, providing proposal development services including editing and review of proposals for compliance with agency requirements, assisting with the coordination and development of interdisciplinary proposals, managing internal funding programs such as travel awards and research support services, support for broader impacts, and developing proposal writing resources and tools. Contact this office at

Sheri Anderson

Associate Vice President for Research Development
Proposal development support, limited submission process, funding opportunities, workshops and professional development programming, internal travel funding and RSS program, RCA undergraduate research programs

Cassie Johnson
Research Development Coordinator
PIVOT assistance and coordination, RCA newsletter, internal travel funding and RSS program, NDSU EXPLORE, proposal development assistance, workshops and programming support, limited submission process

Fred Hudson
Communications Manager
RCA communications support, science communication, RCA newsletter and website, faculty and student research and creative activity articles and news releases, PIVOT training

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.

Neil Dyer

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

Josie Hayden
Research Compliance Administrator, IACUC
IACUC protocol development and processing, animal facility oversight, animal welfare education

Sharon May
Research Integrity and Compliance
Administrator-Export Controls

Julie Sherwood
Research Compliance Administrator, IBC
IBC protocol development and processing, Conflict of Interest management, Responsible Conduct of Research resource

Kristy Shirley
Research Compliance Administrator, IRB
IRB protocol development and processing, human subjects protections education

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. Contact this office at

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

Jill Mackenzie
Award & Program Officer
Authorized signature for proposals/awards (AOR); lead proposal reviewer; non-industry award negotiation; assistance with pre-award and non-financial post-award issues; sponsor liaison

Vicki Miller
Budget & Program 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

Shelly Sandstrom
Program Assistant
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

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