Vice President for Research

Robert Walters

    Robert Walters

The Vice President and division of Research are responsible for the following:

  • Supporting and promoting Virginia Tech faculty members, staff, and student research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Policies regarding regulatory compliance and ethical conduct of research
  • Communicating research capabilities and achievements to the university community and the public
  • Supporting the university community and its missions by fostering quality research and scholarship
  • Providing access to funding information
  • Enhancing the ability to respond to national research priorities and pursue opportunities
  • Encouraging and directing inquiry into new and emerging fields
  • Promoting solutions to problems and advances of basic knowledge in diverse disciplines and through interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to research
  • Marketing faculty talent and university capabilities within the university community and to external audiences
  • Fostering partnerships with outside agencies and businesses

Institutes

Fralin Life Science Institute

  • Dennis Dean | Director
    540-231-5895

Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology

  • Ben Knapp | Director
    540-231-0856

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

  • Roop L. Mahajan | Director
    540-231-6876

Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment

  • Karen A. Roberto | Director
    540-231-7657

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

  • Dennis Dean | Interim Director
    540-231-5895

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

  • Mike Friedlander | Executive Director
    540-526-2013

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

  • Tom Dingus | Director
    540-231-1501

Offices

Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties

  • Mark Coburn | President
    540-231-3593 or 540-951-9378

Research and Computing

  • Terry Herdman | Associate Vice President
    540-231-7667

Research Compliance

  • David Moore | Associate Vice President
    540-231-4991
  • Tom Inzana | Research Integrity Officer
    540-231-5188

Research and Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Bill Knocke | Associate Vice President for Research
    540-231-9050
  • Martin Daniel | Associate Vice President for Research
    540-231-6077

Office of Sponsored Programs

  • John Rudd Jr. | Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs
    540-231-5281

Research Education

  • Vicky Ratcliffe | Manager of Research Education and Development
    540-231-7964

Administrative Services

  • Sandra Muse | Senior Director for Research Faculty Initiatives
    540-231-9359

Other

  • John Pastor | Public Relations Manager
    540-231-5646

Administrative staff

  • Beth Tranter | Chief of Staff
    540-231-1782
  • Deborah L. Nester | Senior Executive Assistant
    540-231-1483
  • Wendy Vaughn | Executive Assistant
    540-231-4785

Contact info

Mailing address
Vice President for Research (0244)
301 Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone
540-231-6077