The Office of the Associate Dean for Research works with faculty, staff and students to support and promote basic and applied research in the John and Marcia Price College of Engineering at the local, national and international levels.


The office works with the Dean, the College Executive Council, and Price College of Engineering faculty to:

  • Develop strategies to better support and grow basic and translational research,
  • Establish relationships to support and promote the research enterprise,
  • Foster research by increasing awareness of funding opportunities and providing support for junior faculty on research related issues and grant preparation,
  • Provide advice on institutional guidelines for conducting research,
  • Advise faculty and students on intellectual property development and commercialization opportunities,
  • Approve and process research proposals submitted by or in collaboration with faculty in the College of Engineering,
  • Manage cost-sharing funds in support of sponsored research,
  • Administer the University Research Instrumentation request for proposals (RFP),
  • Administer the Price College of Engineering Base Engineering Equipment Fund (BEEF) RFP,
  • Organize seminars and working groups to promote new research collaborations within and across the University, and
  • Represent the College at the Engineering Research Council of the American Society for Engineering Education.


Kevin Whitty

Kevin is responsible for administration of the research enterprise of the college, including e-proposals, F&A reduction and cost-share requests, etc. He is also responsible for departmental BEEF awards, the Honors program, College graduate fellowships, and co-chairs the University Seed Grant program. He works with the Dean on Retention, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) reviews, faculty mentoring and publicity efforts. Kevin is also responsible for facilitating collaborative research efforts between faculty members from different departments and colleges across campus.

Dawn Porter

Dawn assists faculty within the COE in strategizing and competing for large (>1M/yr) center initiatives from NSF, DOE, DOD, EPA, etc. She prepares budgets assists with cost share, works with subcontractors to obtain required documentation, prepares mentoring and education plans, management plans, milestone charts, technical editing, and assists with site visits and requests for additional information.

BJ Warner

BJ works with EHS to provide COE members with safety consultation and review of existing or proposed operations with respect to health and safety, and to assist PIs and lab members in addressing compliance questions, safety issues, and concerns. She works with PIs and lab members to evaluate workplace health and safety processes, recommend improvements, assist with preparing for inspections, and address corrective actions.