Mary Phillips has been named director for the Office of Research Development, a new unit within the Research Office, effective Dec. 1.
Phillips is associate director for the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, where she oversees the management of intellectual property and licensing of OSU inventions. Phillips will work with faculty and academic units to identify and pursue major funding opportunities, including federal, nonprofit and corporate sources.
“What excites me about this position is the role I will play in developing new approaches that will enable our faculty to be highly competitive in securing grant funding in these times of dwindling federal funding and sequestration,” Phillips noted. “This in itself is a grand challenge.”
Phillips will be supported by an advisory group that will consist of senior faculty representing each of the divisions within the university.
Prior to joining OSU in 2006, Phillips began her career in university technology transfer in 2001 at Oregon Health & Science University. She has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and gained postdoctoral experience in the areas of laser spectroscopy and molecular biology at the University of Oregon.