Meet the dedicated officers for each CSU campus.
CSU BakersfieldImeh D. Ebong, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Grants, Research and Sponsored Programs Dr. Ebong joined CSU Bakersfield in 2014 after serving as associate vice president of research at the University of North Florida, director of research development at Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island; and acting head and senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at Rivers State University of Science & Technology in Nigeria. Dr. Ebong has several publications on physics and research administration and has been a Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of grants, in addition to serving as a consultant for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Arizona State University.
CSU Channel IslandsScott Perez Director, Research and Sponsored Programs Perez joined CSU Channel Islands in 2017, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in research administration. In his role as director, Perez oversees all university-sponsored research projects, including both pre- and post-award support to campus researchers. Prior to CSUCI, he worked in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at CSU Northridge from 1992 to 2017, starting as director in 2002. During his tenure, award volume increased from $8 million to over $30 million annually.
Chico StateMary SidneyChief Executive Officer, Chico State EnterprisesFollowing a national search, Mary Sidney was selected to serve as CEO of the Chico State Enterprises (CSE) effective October 1, 2019. Sidney joined CSE from the University of California Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory where she served as deputy for operations for the Energy Technologies Area (ETA), and more recently as senior advisor to the ETA associate laboratory director in the areas of business, finance, human resources and safety operations.
Sidney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics from the University of San Francisco, with graduate studies in leadership and communications at the University of California, Berkeley.
CSU Dominguez HillsJohn Price, Ph.D. Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Price spent several years engaged in research in Experimental Nuclear Physics before joining the CSUDH faculty in 2005. He served as chair of the CSUDH Physics Department as well as the inaugural Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. He is presently the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at CSUDH, and is the PI of a multi-year grant from the US Department of Energy to study nuclear physics. Dr. Price earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Physics, as well as a BA in Mathematics from University of California, Los Angeles.
CSU East BayJeffery Seitz, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs Dr. Seitz has been a professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at CSU East Bay since 1997 and was appointed to associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs in 2016. Active in grantsmanship, Seitz has been a PI or co-PI on nearly $18 million in awards from state and federal agencies, including NASA and the National Science Foundation. His primary research interests are in molecular astrobiology and science education. Seitz has a bachelor’s and master's in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in geosciences from Virginia Tech.
Fresno StateJames E. Marshall, Ph.D. Dean, Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Marshall assumed the role of dean of Research and Graduate Studies in 2016 after having served as interim dean of Graduate Studies. During his 28 years at Fresno State, Dr. Marshall has served as a PI on more than $8 million in grants, published 34 articles in professional journals and textbooks, and has made numerous presentations to state, national and international audiences. Prior to his role in Graduate Studies, he served as professor of science education, department chair, doctoral program director and associate dean of Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development.
CSU FullertonBinod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs Dr. Tiwari has served CSU, Fullerton for 13 years as an assistant professor through professor of civil & environmental engineering. He is a renowned scholar in geotechnical/earthquake engineering and natural disaster mitigation, and has been awarded more than $1.6 million in research grants in support of his endeavors. He is current chair of the Council for Undergraduate Research’s Engineering Division. He received over two dozen awards for his teaching, scholarship and service to university and community including the CSUF Outstanding Professor Award in 2017. Dr. Tiwari completed his BS in civil engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; MS and PhD from Niigata University, Japan and post-doctoral studies at Virginia Tech.
Humboldt StateKacie Flynn
Interim Executive Director, Sponsored Programs Foundation Flynn joined Humboldt's Sponsored Programs Foundation in 2010, serving a number of roles, most recently as manager before she began as interim director in July 2018. She now oversees the auxiliary operations and staff, and serves as Humboldt State's representative with the Chief Campus Research Officers (CCRO), the Agriculture Research Institute (ARI), along with chairing the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) annual competition. Flynn earned the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council, and is currently pursuing her Master's in research administration from Johns Hopkins University.
CSU Long BeachSimon Kim, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs Dr. Kim is a professor of educational psychology and associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at CSU Long Beach. He has a broad understanding of contemporary issues affecting public higher education and extensive experience in academic strategic planning and assessment. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and participated in internal and external grant activities on educational partnerships and accountability, culturally diverse students, and conceptualization and evaluation of educational programs. Simon received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Westminster College, a master's in operations research from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.
Cal State LAJeffrey Underwood, Ph.D. Associate Vice President, Research Dr. Underwood joined Cal State LA as AVP of Research in 2017 after six years as a professor and chair at Georgia Southern University’s Department of Geology & Geography. An active researcher, he collaborates with the Pacific Coastal Fog Project and a research consortium of the Universities of Bologna and Padua, Italy. Dr. Underwood became a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) in 2013 and is active with the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and served as the Nevada state climatologist at the University of Nevada.
Cal MaritimeVeronica BoeDirector, Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning Veronica Boe oversees grants and contracts for Cal Maritime, including grants funded through the Department of Energy, NSF, Delta Stewardship Council, and U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Prior to Cal Maritime, she was grants development director at Contra Costa Community College District. Boe has bachelor’s in English and a master's in business administration.
CSU Monterey Bay Cindy Lopez Director, Sponsored Programs Lopez has been involved in sponsored programs for over 25 years — 20 of those at CSU Monterey Bay. Lopez has had the opportunity to create much of the framework and institutional processes for CSUMB research and auxiliary management of external funding related to both pre- and post-award activities. She was the recipient of the CSUMB President’s Medal in 2007 after being nominated by faculty and staff colleagues.
CSU Northridge Sheree M. Schrager, Ph.D., M.S. Managing Director/AIC, Research and Sponsored Programs
Dr. Schrager joined CSUN in 2017 after nine years conducting research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. She has been a PI or Co-Investigator on seven major federal grants with cumulative funding exceeding $17M and has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, with an emphasis on the behavioral health and risk outcomes of sexual and gender minority youth. An expert in human subjects research methods and statistical modeling, Dr. Schrager holds Master’s degrees in statistics and psychology and a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cal Poly Pomona Sadiq Shah, Ph.D.Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development Dr. Shah joined Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 after serving as vice provost for research at the University of Texas, AVP for research at Western Kentucky University, AVP of Research at CSU Channel Islands, and director of Illinois University’s Entrepreneurship Center Network. Prior to academia, Shah’s experience includes conducting research and product development involving chemicals and industrial products. He has developed 20 new products from concept to launch and seven technology platforms with 19 patents and facilitated 23 start-ups. He is the editor and co-editor of three books about chemistry and corrosion, as well as author of nearly three dozen journal articles. Shah received his Ph.D. in physical-inorganic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sacramento State Yvonne Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Research, Innovation and Economic Development Dr. Harris joined CSU Sacramento in 2018 after serving as vice provost of Research and Scholarship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; associate vice president for the Office of Grants and Research Administration at Chicago State University in Chicago; dean of the Mathematics and Science Division at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois; and chair of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology at Truman College in Chicago. Her academic and administrative experiences have been quite extensive, including activities related to technology transfer, entrepreneurship, economic and workforce development. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Northern Illinois University.
CSU San Bernardino Dorota Huizinga, Ph.D. Associate Provost, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Huizinga joined CSU San Bernardino by way of Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she served as dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Research. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at CSU Fullerton, where she successfully secured over $3.7 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University, a master's in computer science from Western Michigan University, and a master's in applied mathematics from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.
San Diego State Steve Welter, Ph.D. Vice President for Research / Dean of Graduate Affairs Dr. Welter oversees the university’s $134 million research enterprise and graduate programs, including 24 doctoral programs and 75 master's programs. An accomplished biologist, Dr. Welter began his career as a professor with the SDSU Zoology Department and then joined the University of California, Berkeley as faculty in the College of Natural Resources from 1984 to 2011. At Berkeley, Dr. Welter received the Distinguished Teaching Award and served in several administrative posts, including executive associate dean. He serves as a board member for CleanTECH San Diego, BIOCOM and CONNECT.
San Francisco State Michael Scott, Ph.D.Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs Dr. Scott joined San Francisco State in 2016 after spending six years as a program officer in the Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry at the National Science Foundation. Prior to the NSF, Dr. Scott was on the chemistry faculty at the University of Florida where he served as the division head for Inorganic Chemistry and as the director for the Center for Catalysis. While at Florida, he received an NSF CAREER award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Dr. Scott earned his bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.
San José State Mohamed Abousalem, Ph.D., MBA, PEngVice President, Research & Innovation Mohamed Abousalem was appointed in June 2019 as SJSU’s inaugural Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI). Mohamed has served in a variety of teaching, research and business leadership positions for three decades, most recently as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California Santa Cruz. The VPRI leads the administration of university research and innovation programs and activities and the development of extramural funding from government, private foundations, and industry. He also leads the development of public-private partnerships that foster innovation and collaboration. Mohamed holds a bachelor’s degree from Alexandria University (Egypt), master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Calgary (Canada), and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
San José State Pamela Stacks, Ph.D.Associate Vice President, Research Dr. Stacks has been AVP since 2005, and prior to that she served as chair of the San José State Department of Chemistry and chair of the Academic Senate. She serves on the board of the Council of Graduate Schools and is past chair of the CSU Council of Graduate Deans. A CSUPERB founding member, Dr. Stacks won its Andreoli Service Award in 1995. Her research and teaching was in the area of physical biochemistry DNA-protein interactions, and Dr. Stacks has received funding from NIH and NSF. Stacks was a NIH post-doctoral fellow at UCLA’s Biological Chemistry Department and received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from UCLA.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Renee Reijo Pera, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Economic Development Dr. Reijo Pera was appointed Vice President of Research and Economic Development at Cal Poly, effective August, 2019. She is an internationally recognized stem cell biologist who was previously Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University following time as a professor at Stanford University. At Cal Poly, Reijo Pera will oversee grant development, sponsored programs, research compliance, and other grant-related compliance bodies, as well as the Cal Poly Technology Park. She is a strong advocate of the value of a diverse range of scholarly and applied research activities and industry relationships for faculty, staff and students.
CSU San MarcosCharles De Leone, Ph.D.Interim Dean, Graduate Studies and ResearchDr. De Leone has been a Professor of Physics at CSUSM for 19 years. He has been the PI and co-PI on multiple private and federal grants aimed at developing, adapting, and implementing best practices science curriculum and in supporting institutional change in STEM, including a joint CSUSM/Palomar College NSF STEP award. These efforts also include founding of the CSUSM STEM Tutoring Center and founding and serving as one of the directors of the CSUSM Center for Research and Engagement in STEM Education. He was a co-author on the “Barriers and Opportunities for 2-year and 4-year STEM Degrees” report by the National Academies and publishes in the area of physics education including on the topics of multiple representations, student use of technology, and the efficacy of active-learning based pedagogy.
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs Karp will be joining Sonoma State in July 2018 after leading Humboldt State's Sponsored Programs Foundation, serving pre- and post-award needs, since 2011. Karp was also Humboldt's Interim Dean for Research at the university's Office of Research, Economic & Community Development (ORECD). Prior to research administration, he served as associate director of Humboldt State's Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Karp also has a rich background in the technology industry, where he worked in finance for several high-tech firms, including Apple and Viacom. Steve received his bachelor's in economics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his master's in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Stanislaus State Joyce BellInterim Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Bell has 26 years of experience in research administration. Prior to coming to Stanislaus State, she served as a business administrator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Bell received her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, maintains active certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) through the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) and is pursuing her master's in research administration at Johns Hopkins University.