Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED)

Staff members in the OVPRED work closely with the vice president on behalf of the university's institutional research goals and objectives. They also support and engage all specialized VPRED units to ensure a broad range of services offered to faculty, staff and the community.

Joseph Balthasar

Executive Director, Research Initiatives

Research and Economic Development

516 Capen, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-3321

Email: jb@buffalo.edu

Rachel Boruszewski.

Rachel Boruszewski

Finance & Operations Assistant

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

1576 Sweet Home Road, Ste 111, UB Technology Incubator, Baird Research Park Amherst, NY 14228

Phone: (716) 645-1395

Email: raborusz@buffalo.edu

Elizabeth Cimasi.

Elizabeth Cimasi

Director, Resource Management

518 Capen Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0320

Email: eacimasi@buffalo.edu

Kirsten Fischer

Digital Graphic Design Specialist

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-8941

Email: kirstenh@buffalo.edu

Sydney Flanagan

Events Coordinator

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-8004

Email: sflanaga@buffalo.edu

Venu Govindaraju, PhD

Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

516 Capen Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-3321

Email: vpr@buffalo.edu

Stanley Halvorsen

Executive Director, Regulatory Support

Research and Economic Development

516 Capen, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-3321

Email: stanh@buffalo.edu

Soma Hawramee

Program Coordinator

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 888-4728

Email: shh4@buffalo.edu

Carol O'Connell.

Carol L. O'Connell, MPA

Director, Grant Initiatives

Phone: (716) 645-1758

Email: caroloco@buffalo.edu

Eric Poniatowski.

Eric Poniatowski

Grant Administrator

Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-7570

Email: emp7@buffalo.edu

Chitra Rajan.

Chitra Rajan

Associate Vice President, Research Advancement

Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

516 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3321

Email: chitrara@buffalo.edu

Amy Schmit

Assistant Vice President

Phone: (716) 645-0314

Email: amschmit@buffalo.edu

Amanda Trest

Office Manager

Office of the VP for Research and Economic Development

516 Capen, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-7904

Email: atrest@buffalo.edu