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Office of Research

Staff 

Dr. Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor, Ph.D., MBA, Vice President for Research
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
jennifertaylor@tntech.edu
(
931) 372-3897

 Michael Aikens  

Michael Aikens, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Derryberry Hall
maikens@tntech.edu
(931) 372-3810

  • Co-chairs Tech's grand challenge, Rural Reimagined
  • Directs the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Helps guide economic development activities for the region, state of Tennessee, and the nation
 Jill Dicey  

Jill Dicey, Executive Assistant to the VP
Derryberry Hall, Room 305 
jdicey@tntech.edu
(931) 372-3897 

  • Provides general administrative Office of Research support
  • Supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Supports the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
  • Supports the Tennessee Tech Research Foundation Board
  • Supports the Caplenor Committee
 Andrea Kruszka

Andrea Kruszka, Rural Outreach Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 304
akruszka@tntech.edu
(931) 372-3342 

  • Manages daily operations and clients for the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Coordinates on-campus Eagle Works Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities
 Mark Lynam  

Mark Lynam, Senior Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
mdlynam@tntech.edu 

(931) 372-3673 

  • Communicates potential funding opportunities to appropriate faculty
  • Facilitates/initiates the protection of intellectual property and technology transfers
  • Coordinates award report submission and compliance review for budget adjustments
  • Provides support for revisions, extensions, and policy/regulatory issues
  • Provides assistance in CITI training 
  • Performs Visual Compliance checks
  • Provides pre-award budget development support
   

Post-Award Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 432 
(931) 372-6756

  • Provides bookkeeping assistance on funded projects
 

Contract Compliance Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
Please direct contract concerns to agreements@tntech.edu

  • Coordinates contract compliance, subawards, and non-monetary agreements

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