Research administration team

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is led by Doug Van Houweling, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation. Our goal is to create an environment where faculty research flourishes, is engaged in cutting edge technology, and contributes to the mission of the School of Information (SI) by creating new knowledge and serving the local and global communities. This involves working with faculty in a broad spectrum of activities, from directing their ideas to appropriate funding sources to ensuring their work is published and results disseminated. ORI activities can be described as follows:

  • Seek research funding
  • Facilitate implementation of research projects
  • Create appropriate infrastructure at SI for research
  • Interact with the University of Michigan research world
  • Track emerging opportunities, in industry, government and foundations
  • Promote the sponsored activities of SI and manage relationships with partners in research and innovation of the School

Our staff

Becky O'Brien - Director of Research Administration
Jocelyn Webber - Large-Scale Research Program Manager
Karen Woollams - Student Affairs Program Manager- STIET, Open Data, and ICD REU Site
Todd Stuart - Project Coordinator - SEAD DataNet, HCIC, and ICD REU Site

Contact us

If you are specifically interested in UMSI PhD admissions and general program information, email

School of Information
University of Michigan
Office of Research Administration
309 Maynard Street, Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2211
(734) 764-1858