The Office of the Vice Chancellor includes the Vice Chancellor, Assoicate Vice Chancellors and support staff that help coordinate their activities, while representing the Office of Research in interfacing with campus management and academic units.
Pramod Khargonekar was named vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Irvine, effective June 30, 2016. In this position, he provides strategic direction for the Office of Research, which supports and enhances the creative and scholarly activities of UCI faculty. His appointment by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman came after a comprehensive national search.
Khargonekar earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in electrical engineering at Bombay’s Indian Institute of Technology in 1977 and an M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Florida in 1980 and 1981, respectively. He has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Florida. At Michigan, Khargonekar was chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from 1997 to 2001 and also was the Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science. At Florida, he was dean of the College of Engineering from 2001 to 2009. In addition, he served as deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
Khargonekar has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American Automatic Control Council’s Donald P. Eckman Award and O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers’ W.R.G. Baker Award, the IEEE Control Systems Society’s George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Service awards from the Indian Institute of Technology. At the University of Michigan, he was honored with the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. He is a fellow of IEEE and the International Federation of Automatic Control.
Mark Warner has served as the Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration for the Office of Research (OR) at the University of California, Irvine since 2007. He works with the Vice Chancellor for Research and the OR senior management team in defining and prioritizing specific OR needs related to the campus research mission, and in developing objectives and strategies for accomplishing the goals of the Office. Units reporting to the Office of Research include over 35 research centers and institutes, the Office of Research Administration, University Animal Laboratory Resources, Administrative Operations and Information Technologies, Research Development, and Technology Alliances.
From 2001 to 2007, Mark Warner served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Research Program Services in the Office of Research, responsible for OR administration and the provision of administrative services to campus research centers and institutes. As the Director of the Office Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of California, Irvine from 1997 to 2001, Warner was responsible for the provision of over $135 million annually in need-based financial aid to over 10,000 UC Irvine undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students. From 1989 to 1997, Warner served as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, responsible for managing the Office of Graduate Studies, monitoring national, state, and university trends in graduate study administration, and implementing policies related to graduate study at UC Irvine. Warner received his bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University, and his master of fine arts degree in English from UC Irvine.
Bruce Morgan has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration since 2009. In this role, he is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Research Administration unit in the UCI Office of Research, which includes Sponsored Projects Administration, Research Protections, and Electronic Research Administration. He works with the Research Administration management team to develop strategies and implement initiatives to facilitate the conduct of UCI research and creative activities. The Research Administration unit is responsible for the majority of centralized research administration activities including, pre-award, non-financial post-award, subawards, conflict of interest, export control, human and animal research, human stem cell research, radioactive drug research, electronic research administration system development, implementation and support, and research administration training initiatives for the campus. From 2005 – 2009, Bruce served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Research at UC Riverside. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sponsored Projects at UCI from 1993 – 2005 and Contract and Grant Officer from 1991 – 1993. He also served as Fiscal Officer for the UCLA Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care from 1987 – 1991.
In addition to his campus-based responsibilities, Bruce also represents UCI nationally and globally by serving as UCI’s primary representative to the Council on Governmental Relations, and through his involvement in the National Council of University Research Administrators. He is an globally-recognized advocate for the research administration profession who has taught workshops and made presentations on topics such as negotiating research contracts with industry, intellectual property issues, university/industry relations, preparing proposal budgets, cost sharing, electronic research administration systems, subawards and subrecipient monitoring, export controls, research funding classification, confidentiality issues, and the impact of federal regulations on the daily activities of research administrators. Bruce also advocates for the profession by serving on the University of Central Florida’s Masters in Research Administration Advisory Board.
Sinqui Musto is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Operations and Planning in the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she has fiduciary responsibility for all aspects of the business and financial operations in addition to human resources and academic personnel functions for all internal units, and inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research units that report to the Office of Research Coordinating Point. She provides expertise for interpreting university and agency policies that apply to business operations in higher education in a research environment. She is responsible for implementing standards and controls and maintaining effective business practices that are audit compliant across the coordinating point.
Prior to joining the Office of Research in 1985, Sinqui worked in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at UC, Irvine.
Sinqui earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from Cal State Fullerton and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach.
Over the course of her education and career, Beth has discovered that she is fascinated by finding out about other people's interests, and by continually learning new things in new disciplines, rather than specializing narrowly. She has about 30 years' experience writing and editing, including work with two excellent newspapers in Portland, OR. These jobs exposed Beth to ideas in many unfamiliar areas, and gave her an opportunity to work with talented and generous people who helped her hone her writing and editing skills. Beth’s Ph.D. is in English, and she began working in Research Development in 1996, while finishing her dissertation. Beth’s job entails editing grant proposals and pitching in to help write and produce other grant documents as the need arises, commenting on graduate fellowship proposals, helping faculty and students find funding for their research. Her own intellectual passions are for the arts and humanities, but on the job she enjoys working with faculty and students in all disciplines to prepare their proposals, while continuing to learn about research outside her own specializations.
Jill Yonago Kay currently serves as Director, Research Policy for the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she handles research program reviews, policy modifications, and funding requests addressed to the Office of Research from faculty members and organized research programs. She provides expertise for interpreting, explaining and applying University and agency policies that apply to the responsible conduct of research and the handling of allegations of research misconduct.
Prior to joining the Office of Research in June, 2011, Jill worked for 14 years in research administration in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine, initially in the Department of Epidemiology, followed by the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and most recently, served as the Associate Director of the Office of Clinical Research and Trials.
Jill earned her B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from UC Irvine.
As the Communications Manager in the Office of Research, Greg is responsible for managing the public web site and other communication mediums for the diverse administrative functional areas that make up the Office. This involves writing, editing and curation of content for dissemination to various OR clients; conceptualizing, proposing/building and oversight of distribution-supporting solutions such as wikis, blogs and mailing lists; perpetration of presentations for OR leadership, and management of the campus limited submission process. Greg has a BA in Mass Communications from York College of Pennsylvania, and Computer Technology Certification from the University of Maryland, and has completed the University of California Business Officer Institute, Leadership Academy, and Management Development Program. His interests in Information Technology, Media & Design and Business Administration drive his quest for excellence in organizational communication, and improving administrative systems for the Office of Research, and campus.