As we enjoy success there is much to do to continue to advance the campus to the top tier of public research universities. Our offices and staff stand ready to assist faculty, students and staff to grow research programs and to further the campus's mutually beneficial engagement with public and private partners. New campus construction projects are providing significant new facilities for research, which are further accelerating the growth and expansion of University research and scholarship. Our goal is to foster collaborative research, innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship by providing expertise, counsel, oversight and connection to partners and supporters. 

Vice Chancellor Mike Malone

Michael Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Mike Malone–the Ronnie and Eugene M. Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering–was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement in August of 2009. Prior to his appointment as leader of research and engagement, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering 2004-2009 and was named to the Isenberg Professorship in 2003, created to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research between fields of management, engineering and science. Previously, he served as department head for the department of chemical engineering from 1997-2002.

Associate Vice Chancellor Martina Nieswandt

Martina Nieswandt, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Martina Nieswandt was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement in July 2017 and is working on increasing research support capacity and services, improving communication and implementing strategic initiatives.

Nieswandt served as an associate dean for research and engagement and associate professor of science education in the College of Education. Prior to joining UMass Amherst in 2011 she was associate professor of science education at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has also previously held faculty positions in education at the University of Toronto and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Jennifer Donais
Jen Donais, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement

Jennifer Donais was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Compliance and Support Services in March 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of Research Compliance beginning in 2011, and served as Associate Director of Grant and Contract Administration from 2002 to 2011.

Donais holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American International College and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.​