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Steiner to lead research development efforts

Karl Steiner, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is UD's new senior associate provost for research development.

Karl Steiner, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been appointed senior associate provost for research development in the University of Delaware Research Office. The announcement was made today by Mark Barteau, senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives.

Steiner joined the Research Office in 2008 as associate provost for interdisciplinary research initiatives. In this new position, he will establish a group of professionals to coordinate the development of large, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research programs.

Located within the UD Research Office and reporting to Barteau, the research development office will work closely with the colleges through the deputy deans, who coordinate research initiatives on the college level.

A national search is under way for a proposal development manager for the new office. A second position to support interdisciplinary research initiatives will be filled over the summer.

“I am delighted that Karl has accepted this new challenge,” said University Provost Tom Apple. “Under his and Mark's leadership, I am confident that we can achieve our goals of becoming a premier research and graduate university on the University's Path to Prominence.”

Barteau noted, “Karl brings a unique level of relevant experience to this new position. He served as executive director of the Center for Composite Materials and as founding associate director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute -- two of the most successful research initiatives on our campus. In addition, Karl served as the founding director of the Fraunhofer Resource Center - Delaware, which has provided him not only with a national but also an international perspective for building large, complex research initiatives.”

Steiner also serves on the board of the national EPSCoR IDeA Foundation, which works closely with federal funding agencies to develop and grow programs that stimulate research competitiveness in smaller states across the nation.

Research development has become a rapidly growing initiative at academic institutions across the country. The recently established National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) held its second national conference in Chicago earlier this month. UD is one of the organization's charter member institutions.

“This national organization is an indication of the growing competitive environment for research support that research-intensive institutions such as UD are facing, “Steiner said. “As an institution, UD has actually done quite well over the past decade -- we doubled overall research expenditures and quadrupled funding from the National Institutes of Health over the same time frame. However, our goals are not to stop here, but to use our current position as a starting point to develop a sustainable research capability that will provide strong research support and enhance the reputation of the institution.”

The University of Delaware is classified as a “Research University with Very High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Fewer than 100 academic institutions in the U.S. have achieved this designation.

UD is also among the top 100 institutions in federal funding for science and engineering research, according to the National Science Foundation. There are about 2,100 four-year institutions that award bachelor's degrees in the U.S., and to be ranked in the “top 100” underscores the excellence and competitiveness of the UD faculty, Barteau said.

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