Melur Ramasubramanian (Photo courtesy Clemson University)

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Melur Ramasubramanian has been appointed vice president of research at the University of Virginia, president Teresa A. Sullivan announced.

He will assume the position on Aug. 8 and will report directly to Sullivan. Ramasubramanian currently serves as the program director for the Engineering Research Centers program at the National Science Foundation and D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and department chair of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University, with a joint faculty appointment as professor of bioengineering.

“Ram has accumulated a powerful combination of experiences as a world-class researcher, teacher and administrator,” Sullivan said. “He has served as a research university department chair and program director for one of the largest single center-level research funding mechanisms at the National Science Foundation. This experience will prove extremely valuable as Ram creates the collaborative and multi-disciplinary framework to further advance UVA’s research productivity.”

He will be charged with leading the university’s collaborative research and scholarship portfolio with the goal of pinpointing optimal investment opportunities within and among the university’s 11 schools. The University of Virginia receives approximately $338 million in sponsored research and is planning to increase research volume by $200 million over the next 10 years.

From the school’s press release:

Ramasubramanian will play a key role in developing and establishing several pan-University research initiatives. The University established the Data Science Institute and the Brain Institute with plans to launch several more institutes over the next three or four years. These institutes will address key issues and provide valuable educational opportunities, strengthening the University’s capacity to advance knowledge and serve the commonwealth, the nation and the world.

“Ram brings tremendous energy to the VPR role, as well as the skills of a seasoned researcher and a clear understanding of how research gets funded,” university executive vice president and provost Thomas C. Katsouleas said. “Understanding the research spectrum — from generating an idea, to securing funding, to making the research a reality — as deeply as he does will be transformative for the University as it reimagines and redefines how we conduct research.”