Bruce LaMattina will begin work as the associate vice chancellor for research development within the Office of Research and Engagement, on July 31.
LaMattina will lead efforts to develop and strengthen UT’s research culture while increasing the capacity and productivity in transdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activity across all disciplines. He will oversee the Faculty Development Team, Research Development Team, Research Informatics, and the Core Facility Program.
“From the onset, I recognized UT’s exceptional leadership, its strong research enterprise, and the significant capabilities of the research development arm of ORE,” said LaMattina. “It’s exciting to be a part of something great.”
He is is also responsible for decisions regarding some internal funding sources, such as the Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) and Strategic and Transformative Investments in Research (STIR) programs.
LaMattina has worked in research development for over 20 years, most recently as director of research for the Charlotte Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. While there, he helped recruit the first tenants to the industry-university partnership facility, PORTAL, similar to UT’s Cherokee Farm for research innovation. He also worked to foster global partnerships with university, industry, and government organizations.
Before that, LaMattina was the director of federal research relations at Rutgers University where he generated several new federally funded research opportunities for the university by partnering with the Department of Defense and industry collaborators. Under LaMattina’s direction, the DoD Young Investigator grants saw dramatic increases. He created a seminar series that attracted top-level stakeholders from the federal government and industry to the university.
One of the strengths LaMattina brings to the position is the decade that he spent as branch chief and program manager with the Army Research Office. This role gave him a specialized knowledge of how the ARO develops programs, seeks academic partners, and selects awardees.
“As competition for federal research dollars become more and more competitive being able to count on someone of Bruce’s caliber to help us navigate these programs is key,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement.
LaMattina earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. He is active in a number of professional organizations, including the National Organization for Research Development and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Multifunctional Composites and Composites B Journal.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Kathryn, 14, Joseph, 12, and Emily, 10.