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

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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