To meet the growing responsibilities of the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Ray Gosine as acting associate vice-president (Research). This twelve-month position, which began on March 1, 2008, comes on heels of the recent retirement of Dr. James Wright, former director of Major Research Partnerships.
The acting associate vice-president (Research) is assisting in the development of a new organizational plan for the Office of the Vice-President (Research), and working with faculties and schools to support and increase research activity at Memorial. The new organizational plan will provide for efficient management of current and future research activity which could grow to $150M or more in total research income over the next five to seven years.
Dr. Gosine, who is currently dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial, will provide valuable administrative leadership for the Atlantic Innovation Fund, and for identifying new research partnerships across the university. He will also provide critical support for research generally at Memorial. Research, which features prominently in the universityís new Strategic Plan, continues to grow in scale, scope and complexity.
Dr. Gosine, who is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been a member of Memorialís Deans and Directors Group for four and a half years and he brings to the AVPR position a strong understanding of academic matters at Memorial. He is also an active researcher and he has led successful fundamental and applied research programs at C-CORE and at Memorial.
The Office of the Vice-President (Research), which was established in 1992, is responsible for promoting and enhancing the universityís broad range of research activities. At that time, total research income was less than $30 million annually. In the past seven years, that number has grown to more than $90 million per year. The total number of research sponsors has also grown from approximately 450 to more than 1,000.