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ORED Welcomes Bradley Ritts as New Associate Vice President for Research

September 05, 2018

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is pleased to announce that Bradley Ritts has signed on to become the University of Idaho's new Associate Vice President for Research (AVPR).

Ritts will foster interdisciplinary research activity, engage external stakeholders, bolster our research infrastructure and further promote a collaborative atmosphere throughout the university system. He will be one of the unit's key idea contributors and relationship builders. He will regularly interact with faculty and senior administrators, as well as serve on a number of groups and committees, including the Research Council, Office of Undergraduate Research, and College of Graduate Studies.

Externally, Ritts will engage and strengthen ties with federal and private funding agencies, as well as key state research organizations like the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Laboratory.

Ritts comes to U of I from Stanford University where he served for nearly three years as the managing director for the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, overseeing the activities of more than 40 research groups across five of the university's schools, as well as liaising with 17 corporate affiliates. Previously in his 20-year career, he took on several roles as a lead scientist at Chevron Corporation, as well as an assistant professor of geology at Utah State University and as the Robert R. Shrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology at Indiana University's Department of Geology.

"Dr. Ritts will bring a diverse outlook to the research office and the university through his experiences in industry and academia," said Janet E. Nelson, vice president for Research and Economic Development. "His ability to build and enhance vital working relationships on both ends of this spectrum will help us further expand our partnership opportunities and our research enterprise.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Ritts as his strategic leadership will help to fuel expansion of ORED's research enterprise as well as its economic development and technology transfer activities," Nelson said.

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