Strategic Planning Sessions

One of the cornerstones of the University’s Never Settle strategic plan was the identification of the strengths of the UA research/scholarship portfolio that align with real opportunities for sponsored expenditure growth, in order to advance our role as a “super land grant” university. These organizing themes that reflect the intersection of these internal strengths and external opportunities are Space Systems, Imaging, Informatics, Defense and Security, Water, Energy, and the Arid Environment, and Biomedicine, visualized below.

Research, Discovery & Innovation hosted a series of retreats, shepherded by Professors Jennifer Barton and Neal Armstrong, over the summer that included hundreds of faculty members coming together to create the detailed road maps to enhance our areas of cross-disciplinary strength to realize the opportunities for sponsored expenditure growth.

Faculty, who were nominated by deans, chairs, members of the Research Advisory Council or volunteered, participated in the two day retreats to brainstorm and discuss the strengths and opportunities, and then develop the “blue print” forward for each of the research themes identified in the Never Settle plan. Participants were identified for their expertise and diversity. A faculty Steering Committee selected the three to five specific topical emphasis areas to be discussed within each of the themes.

The retreat was kicked off by a speaker, an eminent UA researcher nominated by the Steering Committee, who was charged to deliver a thought-provoking, forward looking interdisciplinary talk. Breakout sessions were held the following day to provide for detailed discussions of the topics. Each breakout session was held twice and were moderated by a faculty expert in the field. Notes were taken at each breakout session.

The faculty researchers who lead each breakout session reported back to the full group on the retreat participant discussions regarding the opportunities for growth, new strategic capabilities, proposed project time horizons, resources required, program risks and strategic issues for each topical emphasis area. An independent moderator facilitated the group discussion and process to develop summary recommendations to be included in the final report.

This “blue print” effort and the resultant reports represent our collective thinking on paths forward to advance our capacity as Arizona’s premiere research university and position ourselves for continued growth of the research enterprise. Your feedback is welcome—please email Neal Armstrong, nra@email.arizona.edu, with your thoughts.

Graphic showing UA Research's core strengths: Energy Water Environment, Imaging Informatics, Optics, Space Systems, Translational Biomedicine

Space Systems (June 25-26)

Steering Committee members:

Roberto Furfaro Assistant Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering

David Gaylord Associate Professor of Practice, AME

Buell Jannuzi Department Head, Astronomy/Steward Observatory

Dae Wook Kim Assistant Research Professor, Optical Sciences

Alfred McEwen Professor, Planetary Sciences

Jon Pelletier Professor, Geosciences;

Marcia Rieke Regents Professor, Astronomy

Tim Swindle Department Head, Planetary Sciences/ Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Speaker: Dr. Chris Impey – “Life Beyond Earth”

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentations/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Imaging (Aug 17-18)

Steering Committee members:

Ali Bilgin Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Arthur Gmitro Department Head, Biomedical Engineering

Daniela Zarnescu Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Harry Barrett Regents Professor, Optical Sciences

Leilei Peng Associate Professor, Optical Sciences

Michael Lesser Director, Imaging Technology Laboratory

Robert Norwood Professor, Optical Sciences

Tom Zega Assistant Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Speaker: Jim Schwiegerling “Advanced Optics for Ophthalmology

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentations/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Defense & Security (Aug 20-21)

Steering Committee members:

Andre-Denis Girard Wright Director, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Austin Yamada Director, Defense and Security Research Institute

Chris Walker Astronomer, Steward Observatory

Erica Corral Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Esther Sternberg Director, Research - Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Family Medicine

Hao Xin Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jeff Pyun Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ron Breiger Professor, Sociology

Scott Killgore, Professor, Psychiatry

Speaker: Dr. Mark Neifeld Computational, Compressive, and Task-Specific Imaging

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentations/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Informatics (Aug 27-28)

Steering Committee members:

Bonnie Hurwitz Assistant Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering

Bryan Heidorn Director, School of Information Science, Associate Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science

Michael Hammer Research Scientist, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, Arizona Research Labs

Nirav Merchant Director, Information Technology-Arizona Research Labs

Phil Pinto Associate Professor, Astronomy

Sudha Ram Professor, Management Information Systems

Yves Lussier Professor, Medicine

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Kobourov Analyzing the Language of Food on Social Media”

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentation/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Water/Energy/Arid Environment (Sept. 15-16)

Steering Committee members:

Ardeth Barnhart Program Director, Renewable Energy

Greg Barron-Gafford Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development

Jon Chorover Department Head, Soil/Water and Environmental Science

Jonathan “Peck” Overpeck Regents Professor, Geosciences, Co-Director, Institute of the Environment

Kim Ogden Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Parker Antin Associate Dean, Research-Agriculture and Life Sciences

Raina Maier Professor, Soil/Water and Environmental Science

Shane Snyder Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Elliot Cheu Associate Dean, College of Science

Speaker: Dr. Chris Cokinos Re-Civilization: Six Heresies to Keep a Planet Running”

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentation/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

Translational Biosciences (Sept. 23)

Steering Committee members:

David Armstrong Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Craig Aspinwall  Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Christina Laukaitis Director, Division of Genetic Consultation and Counseling

Bijan Najafi Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Bob Norwood Professor, Optical Sciences

Leilei Peng Associate Professor, Optical Sciences

Tricia Serio Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Marvin Slepian Clinical Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ted Trouard Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Mike Worobey Department Head, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Andre-Denis Girard Wright Director, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Jeong-Yeol Yoon Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering

Speaker: Dr. Clara Curiel From text to pixels: The New Frontier for Image-Centric Dermatological Practice

Invited faculty and confirmed attendees

Presentation/Notes from the session

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT

 

This effort and the reports above document that best represents our collective efforts in making sure that we remain Arizona's premiere research university and position to continue growing.