Department Reorganization (RITC)
Dear Faculty and Staff:
I am pleased to announce the reorganization of the Department of Research, Innovation and Technology Commercialization (RITC) within the Division of Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development. This reorganization is intended to streamline processes, improve services, increase efficiencies, and build capacity to move UTRGV towards its goal of becoming an emerging research university.
There are now three key units within RITC: (i) Research Administration; (ii) Research Compliance and Export Control; and (iii) Technology Commercialization. All three units will report to Dr. Karen Martirosyan, our Associate Vice President for Research Enhancement, who will also lead all faculty development efforts. Key functions of units can be found at the Division website at http: https://www.utrgv.edu/research/know-us/index.htm.
Ms. Rosalinda Salazar has been appointed as the Executive Director for the Research Administration unit. In this role, Ms. Salazar will provide general direction to re-focus efforts towards increasing awards and research expenditures, and will work closely with the directors of the sub-units within Research Administration: Sponsored Programs(Pre-Award, Ms. Mari Perez), Grants & Contracts (Post-Award, Ms. Suelema Gonzalez), and Grant Accounting (Financial Reporting, Ms. Alicia Moreno). Rosalinda has a master’s degree in business management and 30 years of experience in accounting, including budgets and grants management.
Ms. Glorimar Colón has been appointed as the Executive Director for Research Compliance and Export Control. In her role, Ms. Colón will work closely with the officers and directors of Research Compliance (IRB, IACUC, IBC Support), Research Integrity and Export Control (Mr. Douglas Leidwinger), and Laboratory Animal Resources (Ms. Cordelia Rasa) to ensure support is provided to the campus community in their research endeavors while remaining compliant with applicable standards and regulations. Ms. Colón possesses a juris doctor and 20 years of experience in research administration, compliance, and contracts negotiation.
Mr. Fernando Gonzalez has been appointed as the Director of Technology Commercialization. In this role, Mr. Gonzalez will closely work with Technology and Intellectual Property Management Specialist (Ms. Alice Zents), Technology Licensing Associate, a Research Translation Faculty Fellow, and three Research Translation Graduate Research Assistants to work quickly on evaluation of invention disclosures, patent searches and development, technology licensing, and technology commercialization. This unit will also assist faculty and staff in launching start-up companies and will work closely with the Office of Governmental and Community Relations on regional incubators. Mr. Gonzalez has a bachelor's in Computer Science from Rice University, and will complete the Certified Licensing Professional this October. He helped secure over $12 million in investment funding for technology startup companies in the region before joining the university
Please join me in welcoming Rosalinda, Glorimar, Fernando, and all new members to their units in their new roles.