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.

    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

    UB Incubators, Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

    1576 Sweet Home Road, Suite 111, UB Incubator at Baird, 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

  • Stan Halvorsen.

    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

    Research and Economic Development

    515A Capen Hall

    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

    Research and Economic Development

    516 Capen Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-3321

    Email: chitrara@buffalo.edu

  • Amy Schmit.

    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

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