Research & Economic Development


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Carl A. Pinkert, Ph.D.
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
931) 372-3897


Michael Aikens

Michael Aikens, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Derryberry Hall
(931) 372-3810

  • Co-chairs Tech's grand challenge, Rural Reimagined
  • Directs the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Helps guide economic development activities for the region, state of Tennessee, and the nation


Jill Dicey

Jill Dicey, Executive Assistant to the VP
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
(931) 372-3897 

  • Provides general administrative Research & Economic Development support
  • Supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Supports the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
  • Supports the Tennessee Tech Research Foundation Board
  • Supports the Caplenor Committee


Andrea Kruszka

Andrea Kruszka, Rural Outreach Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 304
(931) 372-3342 

  • Manages daily operations and clients for the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Coordinates on-campus Eagle Works Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities


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Mark Lynam, Senior Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 128 

(931) 372-3673 

  • Communicates potential funding opportunities to appropriate faculty
  • Facilitates/initiates the protection of intellectual property and technology transfers
  • Coordinates award report submission and compliance review for budget adjustments
  • Provides support for revisions, extensions, and policy/regulatory issues
  • Provides assistance in CITI training 
  • Performs Visual Compliance checks
  • Provides pre-award budget development support


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Post-Award Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 432 
(931) 372-6756

  • Provides bookkeeping assistance on funded projects


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Contract Compliance Specialist
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
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  • Coordinates contract compliance, subawards, and non-monetary agreements

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