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University’s Division of Research announces recent promotions

By : Susan E. Barker

Recent promotions and appointments within the Division of Research underscore the University’s commitment to enhancing sponsored research activity, technology transfer, economic outreach and research administration, said Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research.

“I’m pleased to be able to tap the expertise and recognize the commitment of some of the division’s most dedicated professionals, even as we strengthen our ability to meet the University’s critical missions through new appoint-ments,” Sonnenfeld said.

Paul Parker, who came to the University as director of sponsored funds administration in October 1984, was recently promoted to senior assistant vice president for research administration. As a member of The Research Foundation of State University of New York central office/campus working group, Parker advises the Research Foundation on business system issues. He has served on numerous Research Foundation and University committees, including the parking advisory committee, which he chairs. Parker received the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Excellence in 1994 and the Professional Employees Council Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

Eugene Krentzel has been named director of technology transfer and innovation partnerships. Krentzel comes to Binghamton from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he served as director of the International Technology Commercialization Institute and was a research associate professor. Krentzel fills one of two positions created in a reorganization designed to maximize the division’s technology transfer and economic research activities. A member of the National Research Council committee on innovating for profit, Krentzel earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mendeleev University of Chemical Engineering in Moscow, Russia, and his doctorate in chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, also in Moscow.

Also as part of that reorganization, Bahgat Sammakia has been named to the newly created position of director of economic outreach. Sammakia, who is the director of the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center and the Small Scale Systems Packaging Center, has developed extensive partnerships and collabora-tions with regional industries, research universities and economic development groups. He served as interim vice president for research from July 2003 until July 2004 and is a member of the board of directors of The Research Foundation of State University of New York. He will continue his academic and research pursuits in addition to the new post.

Lisa Gilroy, former senior grant and contract administrator, has been named director of the Office of Research Development Services (RDS), one of five units in the Division of Research. RDS services include: identifying sponsored program opportunities; overseeing the preparation of proposals; and negotiating with sponsors, leading to establishment of accounts. Gilroy has been assisting the University community with sponsored programs activity since 1986. In 2004, she earned designation as a certified research administrator. A former chair of the Professional Employees Council, Gilroy is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society of Research Administrators International, and serves on many Research Foundation and University committees.

University veterinarian Sharon Sickles has resigned to take a position in private industry. An interim veterinarian will assume Sickle’s duties pending the completion of a successful search.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08