SUNY Research Leadership
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SUNY's strength begins with the thousands of faculty and student interactions that occur every day at each of its 64 institutions. Leading with data-informed strategic planning and decision-making, the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) works enterprise-wide to expand the reach of SUNY’s world-changing research, scholarship and creative work by fostering university-wide collaborations, building strategic partnerships and advancing an entrepreneurial culture that generates local, regional and statewide economic impact.

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Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Vice Presidents for Research
Research Development Group
Research Fellows
Research Council

The Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) is responsible for designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY's research, innovation, and economic development activities. Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) provides strategic direction to the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF). The work of the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED) is informed by the Research and Economic Development Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees which provides oversight to programs seeking to extend the university’s scientific, technological, commercialization, and educational expertise.

Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Bridget Almas
Bridget Almas
Director of Data Innovation Strategy
Emily Behnke
Emily Behnke
Director of the GROW Support Unit
at SUNY System Administration
Jennifer Iacabucci
Jennifer Iacabucci
Director of Strategic Programs and Partnerships

Vice Presidents for Research

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David Amberg
Upstate Medical University
Stewart Bloomfield Headshot
Stewart Bloomfield
College of Optometry
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David Christini
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Miguel Garcia-Diaz Headshot
Miguel Garcia-Diaz
Stony Brook University
Kesh Kesavadas Headshot
Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas
University at Albany
John Stella Headshot
John Stella
Venu Govindaraju Headshot
Venu Govindaraju
University at Buffalo
Bahgat G. Sammakia Headshot
Bahgat G. Sammakia
Binghamton University

Research Development Group

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Michael Jacobson
Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives
Binghamton University
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Tiffany Fleming
Director of Research Development
Ayesha Joshi headshot
Ayesha Joshi
Director of Research Programs Development
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Katie Keough headshot
Katie Keough
Chief of Staff
Upstate Medical University
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Satyendra Kumar
Associate VP of Research
University at Albany
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Marcus Lambert
Associate VP for Research Strategy & Operations
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
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Nina Maung-Gaona
Associate VP for Research and the Deputy Operations Manager for the Research Foundation
Stony Brook University
Chitra Rajan headshot
Chitra Rajan
Associate VP for Research Advancement
University at Buffalo

SUNY Research Fellows

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Susan E. Brennan, Ph.D.
Innovation in Graduate Education Research Fellow
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Robert Geer
SUNY Senior Advisor for Semiconductor Research, Education, and Economic Development

The SUNY Research Council

The SUNY Research Council serves as an advisory council to the SUNY Board of Trustees, SUNY System Administration, campus leadership teams, and the leadership team of Research Foundation (RF) for SUNY. The Research Council provides deep and broad thinking and advice in research, innovation, and graduate education to SUNY. The work of the Council informs strategic and operational planning at SUNY’s Office of Research and Economic Development and the SUNY RF.