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Welcome to the State of Texas: Dr. Shreek Mandayam to Lead the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Newsroom: Texas State University

Shreek Mandayam was recently named the new Texas State Director of Research. He will join the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs beginning July 1.

Mandayam is the founder and principal investigator of Rowan University’s Virtual Reality Center, located in Glassboro, New Jersey. He held previous positions there as Vice President for Research and Executive Director of South Jersey Technology Park. He was also a senior research associate at NASA’s Stennis Space Center and a research consultant at GE Global Research.

Mandayam holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Electronic Engineering from Bangalore University in India, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Q: What made you interested in joining Texas State University?

“The public higher education system in the United States is the envy of the world – and my family history is tied to that. In 1962, my aunt came to the United States from southern India to study home economics at Iowa State University under the Food for Peace program.

After graduating, she returned to India to pursue a life of public service and has always spoken of the lasting and profound impact a public research university had on her life. I was inspired by that and went to Iowa State for my graduate school. Afterwards, I spent 25 years at another public research university in the Northeast, building the engineering and research programs. And now I am excited and privileged by the opportunity to direct research at Texas State University – a public institution with a great past and an even greater future.

Q: As Director of Research, what is your vision for the Office of Research and sponsored programs?

“Texas State leadership has strategically invested in the institution’s growing research – and recent years have seen an exponential increase in research spending and the development of the STAR park to enable the university to engage productively with industry. My vision is to develop this growth opportunity that is offered to me.

“My primary goals are to enable collaboration between research centers of excellence to seek greater external funding opportunities and to strategically develop the institution’s intellectual property to contribute to the economic development of our Central Texas region. . Research at TXST is applied and for public purposes – and our surrounding community should benefit and prosper from it. Allowing this, defending this and working in this direction is my mission.

Q: You delivered the Alpha Chi Distinguished Lecture on February 28 at TXST – “Virtual Reality: Gateway to the Metaverse”. Where do you see VR/AR heading in regards to education and “real” life?

Virtual and augmented reality combine the strengths of immersion, navigation and modeling to make the user experience a virtual world – and applications exist for modeling, simulation and training in a variety of fields, including medicine, community planning, defense, engineering, design art, and education. Of all these, I strongly believe that VR/AR has the potential to have a significant impact on education and training. A group of students, guided by their teacher, to experience a virtual world is a deeply transformative educational experience. And education changes his life and the world around him.

Q: TXST is on a mission to become the next R1 institution in Texas. What do you bring that would help the university achieve this high level of research and academic excellence?

TXST has previously been classified as an “emerging research university” in the state and is now poised to jump to the highest research activity category in the nation. I have experience transforming what was then a small research university in New Jersey by enabling an eightfold increase in research grants, tripling the number of invention and patent disclosures, and filling the research park of companies that have set out to capitalize on the institution. intellectual capital derived from faculty research expertise.

I built a successful career at the previous institution, rising through the academic and administrative ladder, rising from assistant professor to department head to vice president. I bring my experience in transformation, innovation, and collaboration to enable TXST to reach the next level of academic and research excellence. I recognize the core values ​​of academic honesty, inclusiveness, and shared governance as the enduring values ​​of American higher education – I have been fortunate to work alongside many leaders who have embodied these values, and I am pledge to defend them at TXST, my new academic family!