Chancellor's Office Research Department

Meet the staff who work to build partnerships systemwide at the CSU's
Office of the Chancellor, based in Long Beach.

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Ganesh Raman, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research
Phone: 562-951-4513
Dr. Raman oversees the vision, advancement and administration of the CSU's research and scholarly mission, and is a senior member of the Academic and Student Affairs administrative team. He has initiated four major efforts to enhance CSU research: mentoring faculty in writing competitive proposals; streamlining research data; cooperation between CSU and the UC systems; and a new focus on climate change. Internationally recognized for research in aeroacoustics and flow control, and founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aeroacoustics, Dr. Raman has published over 150 scholarly articles. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Leslie Ponciano, Ph.D.
Director of Research Opportunities 
Phone: 562-951-8541
Dr. Ponciano oversees programmatic and administrative aspects of CSU research, scholarship and creative activities, including affinity groups and field centers. She has a strong background in academic program administration and assessment owing to prior positions as academic coordinator for UCLA’s Applied Developmental Psychology program; director of Loyola Marymount University’s Early Childhood Education master's program; fieldwork coordinator in the Department of Child/Family Studies at Cal State LA; and director of research and educational partnerships for Age of Learning/ Dr. Ponciano received her master's from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from UCLA.

Sue Rosser, Ph.D.
Special Advisor for Research Development and External Partnerships
Dr. Rosser has served as the special advisor for Research Development and External Partnerships for the California State University system since 2016. From 2009 to 2016, she was provost at San Francisco State University. Prior to that she served as dean of the liberal arts college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she held the endowed Ivan Allen dean’s chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. She is the author of 14 books and over 130 journal articles on theoretical and applied aspects of women, science, health and technology. Rosser received her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Sue DeRosa
Director of Sponsored Programs
As director of Sponsored Programs for the CSU Chancellor’s Office, DeRosa oversees the administration of grants and contracts and leads systemwide support for research and sponsored programs related issues. She joined the CSU system in 1984 and the Chancellor’s Office in 2007. Prior to Sponsored Programs, DeRosa served in a variety of capacities including director of marketing and accounting for the Chancellor’s Office, director of grants & contracts administration at the CSUS Foundation and associate executive director at the CSULB Foundation.