VPR Staff

Biographies

Richard O. Buckius

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Vice President for Research
Phone: (765) 494-6209
Fax: (765)-496-2589
E-mail: rbuckius@purdue.edu

Dr. Richard Buckius has been the Vice President for Research and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since Fall 2008. Previously, he was Head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (1998-05), Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (1988-91), and Richard W. Kritzer Professor (1992-97) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Buckius also served as the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Engineering (2006-08), Director for the Engineering Directorate’s Division of Chemical and Transport Systems (2004-05), and Program Director of the Thermal Systems and Engineering Program (1987-88).

Buckius is author/co-author of over 100 publications, books and invited talks and articles. He co-authored a textbook titled Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics (Mc-Graw-Hill) which was published in English, Spanish and international versions. He is a member of the editorial boards of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Heat Transfer Research, and Heat Transfer-Asian Research. He was Associate Technical Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Heat Transfer. He currently serves on advisory groups to Sandia National Laboratory, Elsevier, BioCrossroads, Energy Systems Network, and the Regenstrief Foundation, Inc.

Among his honors include ASME’s Richards Memorial Award, ASME’s Potter Gold Medal, and American Society for Engineering Education Ralph Coats Roe Award, and numerous UIUC teaching awards, including Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and six Mechanical Engineering Alumni Teaching awards.

Buckius received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972, 1973 and 1975, respectively.

Alan H. Rebar, DVM, Ph.D.

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Senior Associate Vice President for Research
Executive Director, Discovery Park
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Phone: (765) 496-6625
Fax: (765) 494-3200
E-mail: rebar@purdue.edu

Dr. Alan H. Rebar received his DVM degree in 1973, and his PhD in 1975, both from Purdue University. Dr. Rebar’s current positions are Purdue University Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Executive Director of Discovery Park and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and he is a former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University.

He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a former member of the Council of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, past-president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, former editor of the journal Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and current editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Rebar is an internationally recognized expert in clinical laboratory medicine, having authored or co-authored eight textbooks and presented nearly 300 invited lectures nationally and internationally, and has served widely as a consultant to the pharmaceutics industry and as a scientific advisor to the Departments of Interior and Justice as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

His areas of expertise include comparative veterinary hematology, diagnostic cytology, and toxicologic pathology.

Jeff Bolin Ph.D.

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Associate Vice President for Research
Phone: (765) 496-6350
Fax: (765) 496-8323
E-mail: jtb@purdue.edu

Jeff Bolin is Purdue University’s associate vice president for research. In this position, he is charged with general responsibility for various aspects of research administration, long-range and annual planning, and oversight of inter- and cross-disciplinary efforts in research. His specific responsibilities include oversight and administration of research core facilities, research development services, and Purdue’s centers policy.

Bolin is a professor of biological sciences and had served as Purdue’s associate dean of research for the College of Science since 2005.

Bolin’s research interests include biochemistry, structural biology, and macromolecular crystallography; the structure and function of proteins, especially metalloenzymes; and current research centers on enzymes involved in the catabolism and biodegradation of aromatic and haloaromatic compounds. His research projects have been supported by awards from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the Exxon Corporation, and the Purdue Research Foundation.

Bolin received his doctoral and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego in 1982 and 1976 respectively and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue University.

Marietta L. Harrison, Ph.D.

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Associate Vice President for Research
Director, Oncological Sciences Center - Discovery Park
Associate Director, Center for Cancer Research
Phone: (765) 494-1442
E-mail: harrisonm@purdue.edu

Marietta Harrison received her Ph.D. degree in 1980 from the University of Wyoming. She undertook postdoctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she was the recipient of Postdoctoral Fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Institute. She moved to Purdue University in 1982 when her husband accepted a faculty position in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. She joined the faculty at Purdue in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

Harrison's current positions are Director, Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park; Associate Vice President for Research; Associate Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research; Deputy Director Purdue Center for Drug Discovery; and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. Harrison was the co-recipient of a Lafayette Lions Purdue Cancer Research Award and served for many years on the Purdue University Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Committee, the School of Pharmacy Minority Advocacy Committee and as faculty advisor to the Purdue chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. She also served as a member of the American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Human Resource Committee.

Harrison is the author of over 65 peer-reviewed publications and served as a member of several National Institutes of Health Special Study Sections. She served as a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Experimental Immunology Study Section from 1997-2001. She has served as a reviewer for several journals and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry from 1995-2000 and 2003-2006.

In October 2006, Harrison was honored as the Collaborator of the Year with an award from the Walther Cancer Institute.

Currently, Harrison co-leads the large-scale, multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional Cancer Care Engineering project, the Physical Sciences and Engineering Clinical Oncology Embedding project and the Cancer Culture and Community project.

Ned Howell

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Managing Director for Launching Centers and Institutes
Phone: (765) 494-4891
Fax: (765) 494-4850
E-mail: ned@purdue.edu

Ned Howell's duties include leading launch team efforts associated with the startup of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes at Purdue. Prior to assuming this role in 2009, Howell held the position of managing director in the e-Enterprise Center at Discovery Park since joining Purdue in 2002. In his roles at Purdue, Howell has worked with a variety of centers and academic units, including RCHE, OSC, PURVAC, NEXTRANS, C3Bio, Center for Science of Information STC, and the School of Industrial Engineering. Before coming to Purdue he had 27 years of engineering and consulting experience in a variety of consumer products, defense, manufacturing, and software industries.

Charles O. Rutledge, Ph.D.

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Dean Emeritus of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences and
Vice President Emeritus for Research
Phone: (765) 494-6209
Fax: (765) 496-2589
E-mail: chipr@purdue.edu

Charles O. (Chip) Rutledge served as Vice President for Research at Purdue University from 2002 until he retired in June, 2008. During his tenure as VPR, sponsored program awards more than doubled - surpassing $334 million for the 2007 - 2008 academic year.

Dr. Rutledge received a B.S. pharmacy at the University of Kansas in 1959 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology at Harvard in 1966. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in pharmacology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was on the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine from 1967 to 1975. Dr. Rutledge was then appointed Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. In 1987, Dr. Rutledge was appointed Dean of the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue and served in this capacity until 2002. In 2001, he was appointed Executive Director for Discovery Park, a new 126 million dollar interdisciplinary research initiative on the Purdue campus.

Dr. Rutledge has been very active in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, serving as Chair of the Council of Faculties, Chair of the Council of Deans, and Association President in 1996-97. He has also served on the Volwiler Award Committee, the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee, the Committee on the Present and Future Needs of the Council of Faculties, the Academic Management System Organizing Committee, and was a member of the Commission on Implementing Change in Pharmacy Education. Dr. Rutledge is a registered pharmacist in Kansas and Indiana. He served as the first Chair of the Indiana Drug Utilization Review Board.

Dr. Rutledge served as President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from 1996-97. He has served as Councilor and Treasurer of this organization. He currently is the Chairman of the Investment Subcommittee of the Finance Committee. His interest in financial affairs was also demonstrated when he served as Treasurer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology from 1994-96. He was Field Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Editor of Biogenic Amines. Dr. Rutledge has been a member of two NIMH Review Committees and the NIGMS Pharmacological Sciences Review Committee, which reviews training grants in the pharmacological sciences.

Dr. Rutledge has published over 150 papers and abstracts in the field of neuropharmacology. His research includes establishment of a model for studying the mechanism by which amphetamine releases biogenic amine neurotransmitters from nerve endings. He has also conducted studies on the biochemical-behavioral correlates in the use of levodopa for the treatment of Parkinsonism. Other studies have involved an examination of the lipid micro-environment of nerve endings as a determinant of the activity of proteins involved in neurotransmission.

Presentations:    The Endless Frontier in Science and Technology

Dave Kotterman

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Managing Director for Launching Centers and Institutes
Phone: (765) 494-6223
Fax: (765) 496-2589
E-mail: dkotter@purdue.edu

Dave Kotterman's duties include leading launch team efforts associated with the startup of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes at Purdue. Kotterman has held positions of operations manager and managing director with the ALS NSCORT and INAC research centers within Discovery Park since 2003. Prior to coming to Purdue he had nineteen years of industrial experience in startup situations and leading project planning and implementation initiatives. Kotterman will continue to support the ALS NSCORT and INAC on a part-time basis throughout the life of these NASA supported research grants.

Dr. Geanie Umberger

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Assistant Vice President for Research
Phone: (765) 496-3723
Fax: (765) 494-8323
E-mail: gumberger@purdue.edu

Dr. Geanie Umberger has joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she holds a degree in pharmacy, a Master’s of Science in Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology. As part of her doctoral graduate work, she was part of a team that developed a device for studying movement and motor control in animals and humans. She did her post doctoral work at the UK College of Medicine, Department of Neurology where she worked with the clinicians to develop potential diagnostic techniques using fMRI for diagnosing Alzheimer's and other memory-related diseases.
Coming from a business background of running a small family-owned pharmacy, she work at Lexmark International, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Registrat, Inc. Dr. Umberger was previously Administrative Director for Clinical and Translational Science in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky. In her new position, she will identify and facilitate collaborations between industry and investigators, programs, centers, Discovery Park, departments, start-up companies, and community partners.

Mary Duarte Millsaps

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Operations Manager, OVPR
Phone: (765) 494-0702
Fax: (765) 494-8323
E-mail: Millsaps@purdue.edu

Mary Duarte Millsaps is the Operations Manager for the Office of the Vice President for Research.  In this position, she manages the central cost sharing funds and assists faculty in navigate the cost sharing process. She also monitors Purdue's policies and procedures related to cost share and ensure compliance with federal and other sponsors' requirements. In addition, Millsaps undertakes special projects as determined by the senior leadership of the OVPR.

Millsaps received a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  She joined Purdue University in 2005 as a Senior Account Manager in Sponsored Program Services. 

Voichita M. Dadarlat, Ph.D.

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Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance
Phone: (765) 496-1763
Fax: (765) 494-8323
E-mail: voichi@purdue.edu

Voichita Dadarlat, as an assistant vice president for research compliance, works to implement and improve research compliance practices and procedures in the areas of Conflict of Interest, Human Subjects Protection, and Export Controls. She currently acts as a conflict of interest administrator/human research subject’s protection administrator, and is reviewing and managing outside activity and financial interest disclosures, and IRB approved protocols.

Voichita received her PhD in physics from Purdue University in 1997 and was a Sloan/DOE postdoctoral fellow in computational biophysics at Purdue and a visiting research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. In 2001, she returned to Purdue as a research scientist in chemistry. Prior to joining the Office of Research Administration in 2006, she was a senior research scientist in computer science and medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. Voichita has published several papers on computational biophysics and continues to pursue research in the area of protein stability and free energy calculation for protein-ligand binding.

Michael Szczepanski

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Director of Research Quality Assurance
Phone: (765) 496-6653
Fax: (765) 494-1360
E-mail: mikes@purdue.edu

Michael Szczepanski's duties include leading the team efforts related to research quality assurance. Szczepanski has held positions of special projects manager with Sponsored Program Services, director Business Services Computing, and several positions in Contract and Grant Business Affairs (former name of SPS). While in OCGBA he performed pre and post award roles for grants from federal, state, foreign government, foundations and industrial sponsors. Szczepanski also was involved with the development and management of sponsored program and financial systems.

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