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 - August 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As the summer months draw to a close and we all prepare for the excitement associated with the beginning of the Fall semester, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to let you know of some successes we’ve achieved and other items of general interest.  

The Proposal Development Office under the leadership of Dr. Suzy Young has made great strides since its formation last year.   They have been engaged in overseeing several large proposal efforts and have increased our competitiveness for grant awards.   Recently they took the lead on a $12M Department of Labor proposal that partnered us with several community colleges and Jacksonville State University. This is a very strong workforce development initiative and if funded, will put UAH in a large leadership role.    We expect to hear the results of this effort in late September.   Also, Dr. Young was elected to the Board of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).  This is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community with over 7000 members.  She is the only Board member that represents academia in this technical area. 

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