Rob A. Rutenbar has been named the University of Pittsburgh’s senior vice chancellor for research and will join Pitt’s senior leadership team in July. In this newly established position, he will lead the University’s strategic vision for research and innovation, enhancing existing technological partnerships. Working with other senior University officials, the senior vice chancellor for research is responsible for establishing and implementing a long-term plan for research infrastructure. The position manages the University’s Center for Research Computing, Economic Partnerships, the Innovation Institute, the Office of Export Controls, the Office of Research, the Research Conduct and Compliance Office and the Radiation Safety Office. Rutenbar brings nearly 40 years of experience in innovation and technology to Pitt. His research focuses on three broad categories: tools for a wide variety of integrated circuit design issues, methods for managing the statistics of nanoscale chip design and custom computer architectures for perceptual and data analytics problems.
Fiscal Year 2018 Small Grants Program
The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The program is intended to provide funding support that cannot be obtained from other sources (including the faculty member’s department and school and external funding agencies). Small Grants provide seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained and awards to support scholarship in areas where external funding is extremely limited.
CRDF Small Grants awards cannot be used to support or supplement faculty salaries or for travel to meetings and conferences; computer equipment is not given priority. The maximum that may be awarded this year is $16,000. The CRDF Small Grants Program is administered by the Office of Research and the University Research Council.