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    • Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: pramod.khargonekar@uci.edu
      Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.
      • Vice Chancellor for Research

      Pramod Khargonekar received B. Tech. Degree in electrical engineering in 1977 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and M.S. degree in mathematics in 1980 and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1981 from the University of Florida, respectively.  He has been on faculty at the University of Florida, University of Minnesota, The University of Michigan, and the University of California, Irvine. He was Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1997 to 2001 and also held the position of Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science at The University of Michigan.  From 2001 to 2009, he was Dean of the College of Engineering and Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida till 2016. He also served briefly as Deputy Director of Technology at ARPA-E, U. S. Department of Energy in 2012-13. He was appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering (ENG) in March 2013, a position he held till June 2016. In this position, Khargonekar led the ENG Directorate with an annual budget of more than $950 million. In addition, he served as a member of the NSF senior leadership and management team and participated in setting priorities and policies. In June 2016, he assumed his current position as Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine.

      Khargonekar’s research and teaching interests are centered on theory and applications of systems and control. His early work was on mathematical control theory, specifically focusing on robust control analysis and design. During the 1990’s, he was involved in a major multidisciplinary project on applications of control and estimation techniques to semiconductor manufacturing. His current research and teaching interests include systems and control theory, machine learning, and applications to smart electric grid. He has been recognized as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. He is a recipient of the IEEE Control Systems Award, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American Automatic Control Council’s Donald Eckman Award, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowships, World Automation Congress Honor, the IEEE W. R. G. Baker Prize Award, the IEEE CSS George Axelby Best Paper Award, the Hugo Schuck ACC Best Paper Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Service Awards from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and AAAS. At the University of Michigan, he received the and Claude Shannon Chair and Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. In the past, he has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, SIAM Journal of Control, Systems and Control Letters, and International J. of Robust and Nonlinear Control. He has served on numerous committees in IEEE and IFAC. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of MForesight - a manufacturing think-tank, of the Governance Board of Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), and of the advisory board of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). Recently, he was a member of the IEEE Smart Grid 2030 Vision committee.



      Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: pramod.khargonekar@uci.edu


    • 160 Aldrich Hall
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3175

      Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: hyfan@uci.edu
      Hung Y. Fan, Ph.D.
      • Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
      • Professor-Emeritus, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

      Since joining the faculty at UCI in 1981, Professor Hung Fan has served in a wide variety of positions, including Director of the Cancer Research Institute for 30 years and Associate Director and Co-Director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He is widely recognized not only for his scientific achievements and service, but as a visionary leader, a dedicated mentor, and a true collaborator and consensus builder among his colleagues.  As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Fan works closely with campus stakeholders to advance key campus initiatives that shape UC Irvine’s research and creative enterprise.  Dr. Fan earned his B.S. with highest distinction in Physics from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


      160 Aldrich Hall
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3175

      Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: hyfan@uci.edu


    • 160 Aldrich Hall
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3175

      Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: cwalsh@uci.edu
      Craig Michael Walsh, Ph.D.
      • Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Engagement
      • Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

      As an active researcher, Professor Craig Walsh has had considerable experience with a wide variety of regulatory bodies, including service as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and founding member of the Animal Research Advisory Committee (ARAC).  Dr. Walsh has also held a variety of leadership positions at UCI, which include Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center and Interim Co-Director and Associate Director for the Institute for Immunology.  As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Engagement, Dr. Walsh partners with the campus research community, including faculty, staff, and administrators, to facilitate effective, efficient, compliant research administration processes.  These efforts form a solid foundation from which pioneering research and creative endeavors may be launched.   Dr. Walsh earned his B.S. in Microbiology and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA and competed his postdoc at UCSD in 2001 before joining the faculty here at UCI.


      160 Aldrich Hall
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3175

      Phone: (949) 824-5796
      E-mail: cwalsh@uci.edu



    • Phone: (949) 824-2579
      E-mail: mark.warner@uci.edu
      Mark W. Warner
      • Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration

      Mark Warner has served as the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration for the Office of Research (OR) at the University of California, Irvine since 2007. He works with the Vice Chancellor for Research and the OR senior management team in defining and prioritizing specific OR needs related to the campus research mission, and in developing objectives and strategies for accomplishing the goals of the Office. Units reporting to the Office of Research include over 35 research centers and institutes, the Office of Research Administration, University Animal Laboratory Resources, Administrative Operations and Information Technologies and Research Development.

      From 2001 to 2007, Mark Warner served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Research Program Services in the Office of Research, responsible for OR administration and the provision of administrative services to campus research centers and institutes. As the Director of the Office Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of California, Irvine from 1997 to 2001, Warner was responsible for the provision of over $135 million annually in need-based financial aid to over 10,000 UC Irvine undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students. From 1989 to 1997, Warner served as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, responsible for managing the Office of Graduate Studies, monitoring national, state, and university trends in graduate study administration, and implementing policies related to graduate study at UC Irvine. Warner received his bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University, and his master of fine arts degree in English from UC Irvine.



      Phone: (949) 824-2579
      E-mail: mark.warner@uci.edu



    • Phone: (949) 824-1410
      E-mail: jill.kay@uci.edu
      Jill Kay
      • Director, Research Policy

      Jill Yonago Kay currently serves as Director, Research Policy for the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she handles research program reviews, policy modifications, and funding requests addressed to the Office of Research from faculty members and organized research programs. She provides expertise for interpreting, explaining and applying University and agency policies that apply to the responsible conduct of research and the handling of allegations of research misconduct.

      Prior to joining the Office of Research in June, 2011, Jill worked for 14 years in research administration in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine, initially in the Department of Epidemiology, followed by the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and most recently, served as the Associate Director of the Office of Clinical Research and Trials.

      Jill earned her B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from UC Irvine.



      Phone: (949) 824-1410
      E-mail: jill.kay@uci.edu



    • Phone: (949) 824-0569
      E-mail: claire.lindsell@uci.edu
      Claire Lindsell, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Diplomate ACLAM
      • Director, University Laboratory Animal Resources
      • Campus Veterinarian

      Claire Lindsell is Interim Director of University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) and Campus Veterinarian at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, Dr. Lindsell establishes methods and procedures for the acquisition, housing, feeding and medical care of all research animals at UCI as well as providing animal care and use training programs for husbandry staff, laboratory personnel, investigators, and students. Dr. Lindsell partners with the IACUC in coordinating the campus animal care and use program, and is involved with the design of new and renovated animal facilities. Dr. Lindsell is also a member of the UCI Institutional Biosafety Committee, the High Containment Laboratory Oversight Committee, and is the Administrative Director of the Transgenic Mouse Facility (TMF), which creates genetically modified mice for research use on- and off-campus.

      Dr. Lindsell has worked in the field of laboratory animal medicine since 2001. She joined UCI in 2007 as ULAR Associate Director. She earned a B.V.Sc. (D.V.M. equivalent) from Sydney University, a Master of Science in reproductive physiology and a Ph.D. in molecular endocrinology from the University of Saskatchewan.  Claire also worked in biomedical research for 6 years at UCLA in the field of developmental biology.  Dr. Lindsell is Board Certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, is a California-licensed veterinarian, a USDA accredited veterinarian, a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and has served as Chair of the  American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Recertification Committee.



      Phone: (949) 824-0569
      E-mail: claire.lindsell@uci.edu



    • Phone: (949) 824-5677
      E-mail: bruce.morgan@uci.edu
      Bruce Morgan
      • Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration

      Bruce Morgan has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration since 2009. In this role, he is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Research Administration unit in the UCI Office of Research, which includes Sponsored Projects Administration, Research Protections, and Electronic Research Administration. He works with the Research Administration management team to develop strategies and implement initiatives to facilitate the conduct of UCI research and creative activities. The Research Administration unit is responsible for the majority of centralized research administration activities including, pre-award, non-financial post-award, subawards, conflict of interest, export control, human and animal research, human stem cell research, radioactive drug research, electronic research administration system development, implementation and support, and research administration training initiatives for the campus. From 2005 – 2009, Bruce served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Research at UC Riverside. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sponsored Projects at UCI from 1993 – 2005 and Contract and Grant Officer from 1991 – 1993. He also served as Fiscal Officer for the UCLA Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care from 1987 – 1991.

      In addition to his campus-based responsibilities, Bruce also represents UCI nationally and globally by serving as UCI’s primary representative to the Council on Governmental Relations, and through his involvement in the National Council of University Research Administrators. He is an globally-recognized advocate for the research administration profession who has taught workshops and made presentations on topics such as negotiating research contracts with industry, intellectual property issues, university/industry relations, preparing proposal budgets, cost sharing, electronic research administration systems, subawards and subrecipient monitoring, export controls, research funding classification, confidentiality issues, and the impact of federal regulations on the daily activities of research administrators. Bruce also advocates for the profession by serving on the University of Central Florida’s Masters in Research Administration Advisory Board.



      Phone: (949) 824-5677
      E-mail: bruce.morgan@uci.edu



    • Phone: (949) 824-4236
      E-mail: sinqui.musto@uci.edu
      Sinqui Musto
      • Associate Vice Chancellor, Operations & Research Program Services

      Sinqui Musto is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor, Operations & Research Program Services in the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she has fiduciary responsibility for all aspects of the business and financial operations in addition to human resources and academic personnel functions for all internal units, and inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research units that report to the Office of Research Coordinating Point. She provides expertise for interpreting university and agency policies that apply to business operations in higher education in a research environment. She is responsible for implementing standards and controls and maintaining effective business practices that are audit compliant across the coordinating point.

      Prior to joining the Office of Research in 1985, Sinqui worked in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at UC, Irvine.

      Sinqui earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from Cal State Fullerton and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach.



      Phone: (949) 824-4236
      E-mail: sinqui.musto@uci.edu

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