SUNY Research Leadership
Office of Research and Economic Development
Vice Presidents for Research
Research Development Group
Research Fellows
Research Council

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is responsible for designing, directing, and expanding the footprint of SUNY's research, innovation, and economic development activities. ORED provides strategic direction to the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF). The work of the ORED 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.

Meera Sampath
Meera Sampath
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Executive Director SUNY-IBM AI Research Alliance
Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
Beth Berlin
Beth Berlin
Chief Operating Officer

ORED works with the Vice Presidents of Research, the  Research Development Group, and the Research Fellows to establish and implement SUNY's research growth priorities and strategies, conduct research advocacy and advancement activities, and support researchers in pursuit of external funding.

Vice Presidents for Research

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David Amberg
Upstate Medical University
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Stewart Bloomfield
College of Optometry
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David Christini
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
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James Dias
University at Albany
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John Stella
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Venu Govindaraju
University at Buffalo
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Richard Reeder
Stony Brook University
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Bahgat G. Sammakia
Binghamton University
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F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Research Development Group

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Jennifer Cole
Strategic Programs Lead
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
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Mary Beth Curtin
Assistant VP of Strategic Research Initiatives
Binghamton University
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Ayesha Joshi
Director of Research Programs Development
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
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Katie Keough
Director of Research Development
Upstate Medical University
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Satyendra Kumar
Associate VP of Research
University at Albany
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Nina Maung-Gaona
Associate VP for Research and the Deputy Operations Manager for the Research Foundation
Stony Brook University
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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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Harry Efstathiadis
Clean Energy Community of Practice Research Fellow

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.