Leadership Team


    Vice Chancellor for Research's Office

  • Scott A. Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research

    Scott A. Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research

    Dr. Scott A. Brandt is Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent ten years in industry prior to joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 1999. He holds eight patents and has launched three startups. In 2014, he was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Brandt has relationships with industry and the U.S. National Laboratories. On campus, he is the co-founder and former Director of the Institute for Scalable Scientific Data Management, a collaboration of UCSC and Los Alamos National Lab; he is founder and former Director of the UCSC Systems Research Laboratory; and he is co-founder and former Associate Director of the UCSC Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC). He also served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Baskin School of Engineering. Dr. Brandt received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and his M.S. in Computer Science and Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

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    Quentin Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

    Quentin Williams is a Distinguished Professor in, and Chair of, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He has been at UCSC since 1988, and has previously chaired UCSC's Academic Senate, its Graduate Council (and its system-wide counterpart, CCGA), and its Committee on Research. His research focuses on the interior of Earth and other planets, and on the high-pressure properties of materials.


  • Research Administration and Compliance

  • Steve Campbell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration & Compliance

    Steve Campbell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration & Compliance

    As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration and Compliance, Steven Campbell oversees research contracts via the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP), research compliance via the Office of Research Compliance Administration (ORCA), as well as all business operations and administrative support for the Division of Research. Steve joined UCSC in late 2011 to serve as Director of Business Operations for the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at NASA Ames and temporarily served as Director of Business Operations for the Office of Research. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies, which he joined in 2002 as a 15-­‐year transportation industry veteran with experience in aviation, consulting, public transit, and finance. Steve has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. degree in History from Northwestern University. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1983 to 1985.

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    Kate Aja, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects

    Kate Aja is the Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP). Kate oversees the grant and contract proposal submission process, the award negotiation and acceptance process, and the post-award and close-out processes, in addition to being responsible for administration of the office. Kate has been with UCSC since 1992 and with OSP since 1999, previously serving as a Contracts and Grants Officer and Assistant Director.
  • Tani Prestage, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration

    Tani Prestage, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration

    Tani Prestage is the Office of Research Compliance Administration Director. She oversees the Human Research Protection Program, The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, The Conflict of Interest Committee, and assists with export controls. She has previously worked at The University of California at Berkeley and The Ohio State University in human research protections. She obtained Master Degrees in Public Health and Counselor Education from Ohio State and has been a Certified IRB Professional since 2005.

  • Strategic Initiatives and Office of Research Development

  • Tedd Siegel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

    Tedd Siegel, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

    AVC Tedd Siegel provides leadership for projects and programs of strategic significance to the campus under the direction of the VCR. This includes opportunity development, planning, implementation, and operational plan development. In addition to supporting the VCR and Associate VCR with major initiatives, Mr. Siegel oversees the Office of Research Development and the Silicon Valley Campus operations team, and the Office of Research communications staff. Previously, Mr. Siegel was Program Director of the Cancer Genomics Hub under the Center for Bimolecular Science and Engineering. He has also served as Assistant Vice Provost for Silicon Valley Initiatives with major responsibility for NASA programs. Prior to his roles at UCSC, Mr. Siegel was a Program Manager and Business Unit Director in Silicon Valley-based companies.
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    Audrey Levine, Director, Office of Research Development

    As UCSC's Director for Research Development, Audrey Levine is creating new initiatives and incentives, fostering mechanisms to strengthen the campus-wide research portfolio, and catalyzing new collaborations. The Office of Research Development is providing support for UCSC researchers  across the increasingly competitive extramural research funding continuum. She joined UCSC in 2016 from the Washington DC area and brings the campus a wealth of research leadership expertise harvested from positions in from academia, government (NSF and EPA), and industry. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) with extensive practical experience in science and engineering research, teaching, practice, and policy. Audrey is also active in international research through the Fulbright Specialist program with recent collaborations in South Africa (2015) and Australia (2013). From 2006-­‐2011, Audrey held a senior technical appointment at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the National Program Director (NPD) for Drinking Water Research in the Office of Research and Development (ORD). She has also held tenured faculty appointments at several universities in different parts of the US. Audrey’s academic background is interdisciplinary and she holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (University of California at Davis), an M.S. in Public Health (Tulane University), and an undergraduate degree in Biology (Bates College).


  • Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization

  • Mohamed Abousalem, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, IATC

    Mohamed Abousalem, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, IATC

    AVC IATC Mohamed Abousalem is responsible for the management of UCSC patent portfolio and licensing activities along with the development of industry alliances and technology transfer and commercialization programs. In accordance with the IATC mission, Mohamed is leading the IATC Office to foster a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture on campus which will accelerate the adoption of UCSC inventions and cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships. Mohamed brings to UCSC over 25 years of technical and business management experience. Most recently, he established and built TECTERRA Inc., a not-­‐for-­‐profit innovation support organization supporting start-­‐up and small companies across Canada to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. Mohamed has a B.S. in civil engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt; M.S. and Ph.D. in geomatics engineering from University of Calgary, Canada; and MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

  • Jeff Jackson, Director, Intellectual Property Management

    Jeff Jackson, Director, Intellectual Property Management

    Jeff was most recently the Senior Patent Associate at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and prior to that, he was the Intellectual Property Manager at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix. He graduated cum laude from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University with a JD and certificates in Biotechnology and the Law and Intellectual Property.

    Prior to becoming interested in working with intellectual property, Jeff had a 12 year career in biotechnology research in both the academic and industry settings. He holds an MS in Immunology from the University of Washington and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford.