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Jeffrey Friedland

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Friedland named director of research office

Jeffrey Friedland has been named director of Princeton's Office of Research and Project Administration, effective Oct. 22.

Friedland has more than 14 years of experience in sponsored programs administration, including six years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Princeton, he will oversee the administration of grants and contracts for research and instructional projects funded by external sponsors. He also will be responsible for reviewing and setting research administration policies to assure compliance and to reduce conflict of interest issues. In addition, he will chair the operations oversight board for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University.

"We are impressed by Jeff's enthusiasm and his vision for creating an even closer working relationship between the research and project administration staff and the faculty," said A.J. Stewart Smith, dean for research, to whom Friedland will report. "Jeff is committed to working with faculty very early in the process -- right from the time that ideas are forming."

From 1999 to 2005, Friedland was manager of grants and contracts in the Office of Sponsored Programs at MIT. He served as the primary central research administrator for the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, two of the largest laboratories on campus.

For the last two years, he has been senior assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at the Education Development Center in Newton, Mass. Friedland worked to develop new policies and guidelines to improve the grants administration of this international nonprofit organization.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Friedland also previously worked as a contract administrator at the Raytheon Co. and as a contract and financial manager at the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium.

He will succeed Michelle Christy, who is now director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at MIT.

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