Mike Edwards, former assistant vice president and director of the Office of Research at the University of Notre Dame, has been named associate vice president for research in the Office of Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve University. Edwards' goal is to help increase the university's research profile beyond Northeast Ohio and further enhance its reputation for research success in large-scale, multi-partner projects.
In his new role, Edwards will lead and manage sponsored projects administration, provide stewardship of sponsors' funds and compliance with external regulations governing research and stimulate sponsored research projects by bringing faculty, external sponsors and other interested parties together to develop proposals that build on the research strengths of the university.
Before becoming director in 2004 at Notre Dame, Edwards had been involved in the university's research development and technology transfer programs since 2000.
"Mike Edwards has a very successful track record and vast research and technology transfer experience," said Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve. "We are fortunate to have him lead and manage sponsored projects administration for the university."
Edwards also has an extensive military background, spending 24 years in the United States Army before retiring from service as a lieutenant colonel. He served in Operation Desert Storm and spent time in Germany and Hawaii.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to work under the leadership of Mark Coticchia and with the superb faculty and staff of Case Western Reserve," says Edwards. "I appreciate Mark's confidence in me and, with his guidance, intend to make a positive contribution in growing the research enterprise at Case."
Drawing a parallel between research administration and his time in the military, Edwards points to leadership as a core principal of both areas. "In a macro sense, it's all about providing leadership of people and resources toward specific goals," he said.
Edwards acknowledges the success Case Western Reserve enjoys in sponsored research and feels the university is poised to make an even greater leap forward in this area.
"Sponsored research and the commercialization of the results of that research are mutually supported disciplines," Edwards said. "By looking at ways to improve our business processes in research administration and reducing the barriers to interdisciplinary research, we can achieve more and greater accomplishments."
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Edwards received a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and master's degrees in administration and business administration from Notre Dame.
Edwards also is a certified research administrator (CRA) with the Research Administrators Certification Council and is a graduate of Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education program.
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