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Tomas Diaz de la Rubia

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia
Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Telephone: 405-325-3806
Email: tddlr@ou.edu

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia is a science and technology leader, strategist and administrator with extensive experience in government, academia and the private sector. At present, Tomas is the Vice President for Research and Partnerships at the University of Oklahoma. In this capacity, he leads OU’s efforts to enhance the scale and scope of the university’s research enterprise, and to develop a new strategic framework for research to propel the university forward, particularly in the areas of national security, energy and sustainability, and the life sciences.

Prior to this assignment, Tomas was the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Purdue University.  In that capacity, he helped the university pursue major new research initiatives and contracts, and led Discovery Park, a transdisciplinary complex of centers, institutes and facilities focused on turning new ideas and discoveries into disruptive innovations with global impact on society.  During Tomas’ tenure at Purdue from September 2015 to September 2019, Discovery Park’s focused strategically on the development of real world solutions to major global challenges in health and the life sciences; sustainability and the nexus of energy, food, water, climate and the environment; and national security and defense. Over the same period, Discovery Park saw growth in research funding from industry, government, foreign institutions and philanthropic organizations of over 120%. Tomas was also responsible for the success of the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the Purdue Foundry, a hub to nurture and launch new start-up companies based on faculty and student intellectual property (IP) into the market.  Over 100 new companies have been created over the last four years.

Prior to Purdue, Tomas worked for Deloitte Consulting, LLP where he was the innovation leader and a Director in the energy and resources industry practice. Based in Washington, D.C, he advised C-Suite executives at major multinational Oil and Gas companies and electrical utilities on ways to identify and capitalize on new technologies such as Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, robotics, augmented reality and wearable technologies, and predictive analytics.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Tomás was the Deputy Director for Science and Technology (DDST) at the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, where he served as the Laboratory’s Chief Research Officer (CRO) and oversaw a $250M program of basic and applied research in support of the Laboratory’s missions in science and technology, nuclear security, defense, counterterrorism, energy and technology commercialization.

In addition to these leadership roles, Tomas is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Intelligence Community Studies Board, which was tasked in 2016 by the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and discusses science and technology issues of importance to the nations’ intelligence community.  He is a board member of the National Defense Industry Association, and of CRFD Global. Among his hobbies, he is a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a worldwide group dedicated to promoting the virtues of the wines and foods of Burgundy. 

 


 

Randy Hewes

Randy Hewes
Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Dean of the Graduate College

Telephone: 405-325-3806
Email: hewes@ou.edu

A member of the OU faculty for the past 17 years, Hewes has taught undergraduate courses in cell biology and cell/molecular neurobiology in Norman and has held an adjunct faculty position in cell biology on the Health Sciences Center campus. He also launched the Cornerstone course initiative, with the goal of engaging all biology majors in research as sophomores as a formal part of the curriculum.

Hewes served as chair of the Department of Biology from 2011 to 2015. He also served as chair of the Faculty Senate from 2014 to 2015, and he provided leadership on the Admissions and Employee Benefits Committees and the President's Graduation and Retention Task Force.

His research focuses on the genetic and molecular pathways controlling neuronal remodeling during insect metamorphosis. This research and related work in support of graduate education has been supported by more than $3.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. 

Hewes graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor's degree in biology and attended graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Ph.D. He later served three years on an American Cancer Society fellowship while doing postdoctoral research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

 


 

Andrea Deaton

Andrea Deaton
Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Executive Director, Office of Research Services

Telephone: 405-325-1646
Email: adeaton@ou.edu

Andrea Deaton is the Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships and Executive Director of the Office of Research Services at the University of Oklahoma-Norman campus, where she is responsible for ensuring the continuity of daily operations of all pre- and post-award functions related to the administration of sponsored research and creative activities for the Norman campus and related programs on the Tulsa campus.

Andrea received her master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Research Administrator. She is an active member of the Society of Research Administrators International, serving on various committees and presenting frequently for the organization. She is the university's administrative representative to the Federal Demonstration Partnership, also chairing and serving on various committees within this organization.

 


 

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer
Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Executive Director, Advanced Radar Research Center

Telephone: 405-325-6319
Email: rpalmer@ou.edu

Professor Robert D. Palmer was born in Fort Benning, GA on June 3, 1962. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1989. From 1989 to 1991, he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University, Japan, where his major accomplishment was the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of atmospheric turbulent layers. After his stay in Japan, Dr. Palmer was with the Physics and Astronomy Department of Clemson University, South Carolina. From 1993 to 2004, he was a part of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska, where his interests broadened into areas including wireless communications, remote sensing, and pedagogy. Soon after moving to the University of Oklahoma as the Tommy C. Craighead Chair in the School of Meteorology in 2004, Dr. Palmer established the interdisciplinary Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC). He currently serves as the Executive Director of the ARRC and OU's Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships. While at OU, his research interests have focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 international invited talks, and over 300 conference presentations. His research has an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array/signal processing techniques.

Prof. Palmer is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been the recipient of several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments.

Prof. Palmer lives in Norman with his wife Masami and three daughters, all of whom have attended OU.

 


 

Melany Dickens-Ray

Melany Dickens-Ray
Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Director of Planning & Research Facilities

Telephone: 405-325-5208
Email: mdickens@ou.edu

Melany earned her master’s degree in Geography from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at the university since 1987. She began with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships in 2003 as Building Manager of Stephenson Research and Technology Center (SRTC) on the University Research Campus. As the Director of Operations for the VPRP Office, Melany supervises all VPRP Office administrative staff and oversees SRTC and the SRTC Store within the building. She is responsible for implementing and maintaining a Research Space Inventory for the Norman campus and oversees Core Facilities and Cost Centers located within. She also facilitates the VPRP portion of new faculty startup which includes new equipment purchases and research facility renovation. Her office also assists faculty with management plans for grant proposals related to large equipment and new facility development; as need arises, she works closely with Facilities Management to renovate existing research space.

 


 

Ann West

Ann H. West
Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Telephone: 405-325-1810
Email:
awest@ou.edu

West earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from Yale University. She gained further research training in protein biochemistry and structural biology as a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University before arriving at OU in 1996 as an Assistant Professor. She rose quickly through the ranks and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006. She has been recognized with a Cottrell Scholar Award (1999, Research Corporation), Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor (2001, College of Arts and Sciences), Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professorship (2001-2008), Joseph A. Brandt Professorship (2008-2015), and currently holds the endowed Grayce B. Kerr Centennial Chair (2015-present). In addition to significant service roles at the departmental, college, and university level, West has served on numerous NSF and NIH grant review panels as well as executive advisory committees.