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

Staff members in the OVPRED 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

  • Kimberly Chase.

    Kimberly Chase

    Administrative Assistant

    Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

    516 Capen Hall, North Campus

    Phone: (716) 645-0312

    Email: kchase@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

  • 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

  • Jessica Szklany

    Manager, Marketing Content & Writing

    Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships

    CBLS, 701 Ellicott St, Downtown Campus

    Phone: (716) 881-7586

    Email: jszklany@buffalo.edu

  • Alexandra Theodule

    Office Manager

    Office of the VP for Research and Economic Development

    516 Capen, North Campus

    Phone: (716) 645-7904

    Email: atheodul@buffalo.edu

  • Evan Witmer

    Technology Assessment Specialist

    Technology Transfer

    UB Commons, 520 Lee Entrance, Suite 109, North Campus

    Phone: (716) 645-8181

    Email: evanwitm@buffalo.edu