Following a national search, Dr. Sadiq Shah, currently the associate vice president for research and sponsored programs at California State University at Channel Islands (CSUCI), was selected to be the new vice provost for Research and Sponsored Projects at The University of Texas-Pan American.
"I was very pleased and humbled by the opportunity to be part of the talented team at UTPA. I am honored to be able to work with the UTPA campus community," Shah said. "I should point out that no one alone can make an impact; I strongly believe that it is always a team effort that is responsible for achieving the goals."
Before joining CSUCI, Shah served as the associate vice president for Research and Economic Development at Western Kentucky University. He said his years of experience working directly with faculty to secure external funding to support university research missions will benefit UT Pan American.
"Based on my research about UTPA, I came to the conclusion that there was a very good alignment between my broad background, experience and UTPA's aspirations for growing the research enterprise and faculty talent," Shah said.
Shah said his first order of business will be to meet as many people as possible to learn more about their aspirations for UTPA.
"My goal would be to link their dreams with the institutional mission and to help faculty members to succeed in their efforts. During my visit I sensed a great deal of excitement about the future of the University on campus," Shah said. "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on campus so that together as a team we can advance the institutional mission of research, scholarship, creative activities and regional economic growth."
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects assists faculty and the University community in their efforts to secure outside funding for their research projects and other activities.
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Shah's extensive research record and knowledge about external financial support will be a great asset to the University.
"Dr. Sadiq Shah is an outstanding candidate who will allow us to develop and strengthen the research enterprise at UT Pan American," Rodriguez said. "Dr. Shah brings the breadth of experience, the necessary research background, and a strong commitment to help us expand our research portfolio and our externally funded projects."
Shah received his Ph.D. in physical inorganic chemistry and master's degree in physical chemistry from Washington State University. He also graduated with a master's degree from the University of the Pacific in physical organic chemistry. He received a third master's degree in inorganic chemistry and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Peshawer in Pakistan.
The new vice provost said he is looking forward to working with faculty, staff, deans and the business community to take the research enterprise at UTPA to the next level of distinction nationally and internationally.
"They have been engaged in research, scholarship and creative activities in a broad sense and have achieved significant milestones. I am looking forward to working with them to facilitate and support their efforts in bringing in external funding," he said.
Based on his broad experience, Shah believes he will develop key business agreements for long-term partnerships between academia and the local business community. He has developed 20 new products from concept to launch in his industrial career, and in his academic tenure, he facilitated the launch of 23 start-up companies and negotiated sponsored research agreements with industry to support economic growth.
"All of this requires bringing appropriate parties to the table to build relationships based on win-win solutions," Shah said. "I would like to be able to help facilitate building bridges for our faculty with the private sector so that both sides can bring their strengths to the team to help solve challenges for the society."
Shah will begin his post on Aug. 1.
Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has been serving as the interim vice provost for Research and Sponsored Projects since January 2012.