Vice President for Research and Economic Development

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Ray Vaughn, PhD
Vice President for Research
and Economic Development

Welcome to the UAH Office for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development! We are very proud of our research record and our extremely productive faculty, research staff, and student body that have contributed to UAH being named by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to the "Very High Activity" research category, placing us among a select group of public universities in America with this ranking. Our research endeavors vary greatly according to discipline and research center interest. Today, NASA and the Department of Defense remain our largest research sponsors. UAH consistently ranks among the top universities with respect to both NASA and DoD research expenditures as reported by the National Science Foundation. Backed by the UAH Strategic Plan, our faculty and staff are actively growing strong relationships with the Department of Energy, NIH, NOAA/NWS, and NSF. We are also positioned as the anchor tenant in Cummings Research Park, the second-largest corporate Research and Technology park in the U.S. Our research expenditures continue to grow while contributing to the academic mission, to scientific literature, and to economic development in our community and across the nation. During the past five years, UAH researchers have performed over $400 million in contracts and grants, the university has awarded over 1800 graduate degrees, and created more than $5 million in licenses and royalty fees from an intellectual property portfolio that is based on over 100 invention and copyright disclosures. These results have been possible because of the efforts of our faculty, staff, and students in the UAH colleges and research centers, and the successful partnerships that they have established across the U.S. and around the world.

We welcome you to the UAH research enterprise and I and my staff look forward to hearing from you. Whether you are a current or potential UAH employee, student, research partner, or stakeholder, please do not hesitate to contact us with research related questions and comments.

From The Desk of the OVPRED


UAH Leadership Enhancement and Administrative Development (LEAD) Program Announcement

The Office for Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce a call for applications to the UAH LEAD Program. LEAD stands for Leadership Enhancement and Administrative Development.

The LEAD Program is intended for leaders (both academic and research) who aspire to increase their leadership skills and to assume or advance leadership positions at UAH in formal and informal roles. The purpose of the program is to:

  • develop the knowledge needed to be a successful academic leader
  • provide the opportunity to engage with the senior leadership team at UAH
  • develop a network of peers across campus to assist in leading UAH

Each year, the program will be composed of approximately ten members, selected on a competitive basis, and the Faculty Senate President-Elect. The group will meet monthly with leaders at UAH for approximately two hours to discuss leadership. The program will begin in September and end in May. Each meeting will typically have one or two topical presentations led by a panel or selected speakers followed by a discussion. The program will be sponsored jointly by the Office for Academic Affairs and the Office for Research and Economic Development. Interested candidates should submit the attached application form with a...


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OVPRED Colleague Letter - March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin to approach the end of the Spring Semester, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to let you know of some activities and successes in the area of research and to thank you all for your efforts in supporting this office and UAH.  My office is privileged to support you, UAH, and this outstanding community.

About a month or so ago, the FY 13 NSF rankings were released – these rankings are based on data collected by the National Science Foundation using the Higher Education R&D (HERD) Survey and are posted annually on the NSF website (the latest can be found at  Through the very hard work of our faculty, research staff, and supporting staff UAH continues to excel in research productivity.  Specific points of pride include UAH being ranked #16 nationally in DoD funded research and #15 in NASA research.   With respect to federally financed research, UAH ranks nationally #10 in Computer Science, #15 in atmospheric sciences, #18 in in astronomy, #4 in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and #10 in Business and Management.  In the rankings of “All Federally Financed R&D” UAH moved up the ladder from #130 in FY12 to...


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