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Department Administrative Staff


  Name/Title  Responsibilities  Contact 
lisaeb2  Lisa Emmite-Baker
Lead Research Administrator     



 
Departmental Pre-Award Contact
Research Admin Staff Trainer
Contract/Agreement Liaison
Cost-share negotiator 
Office: Abercrombie A205
713-348-4295
lje1@rice.edu 
 
nophoto  Michelle Buchanan
NSF-PIRE Administrator
Administrative support for Kono Group
Grant preparation and submission 
Travel for students and faculty 
Kono Group and TeraNano PIRE website maintenance 
NanoREIS Internship Program Administration 
Office: Brockman Hall 322
713-348-6313
 mbuchanan@rice.edu 
denisefly  Denise L Fly
DSP Administrator




 
Administrative support for DSP Group
Supports Dr. Richard Baraniuk
Travel for students & faculty
Grant preparation and submission
Office: Duncan Hall 2027
713-348-5787
dlf2@rice.edu 
randyfly  Randy Fly
Lab and Facilities Manager




 
Purchasing
Inventory/Property Control
Undergraduate ECE Lab Manager
Office: Abercrombie A146
713-348-6317
rlf4@rice.edu 
 
nophoto  Caroline A. Griffin
CMC Administrator
Administrative support for CMC Group
Travel for students & faculty
Grant preparation and submission
Office: Duncan Hall 2021
713-348-6232
cag2@rice.edu

 
 thienha2  Thien Ha
Financial and Research Administrator



 
Grants Administrator, pre and post-award
Department Budget Administrator
Office: Abercrombie A229
713-348-2948
thien.ha@rice.edu 
  hunter  Jennifer Hunter
Visibility Specialist




 
Website Content Management
Social/Digital Media
Writing/Photography
Department News/Promotions/Events
Room/Event Scheduling
Affiliates Program Event
Office: Abercrombie A203
713-348-4212
jkh6@rice.edu 
 
 nophoto  Carol Lively
Rice Quantum Institute (RQI) Administrator




 
Manage Applied Physics Graduate Program
Oversee Rice Quantum Institute REU Summer Program and RQI Annual Colloquium
Oversee administration for Peking University visiting undergraduate scholars
Maintain RQI Website & Handbook

 
Office: Brockman Hall 283
713-348-3566
clively@rice.edu 
 
nophoto  Cyndi Menchaca
Lead Financial Analyst
 
Post-Award Financial Management
Signature Authority for: invoices, cost transfer documents, reimbursements
Travel envelope, extransfer & IDT approvals
Graduate stipend support
Bi-weekly student payroll
Office: Abercrombie A231
713-348-4384
menchaca@rice.edu 
nophoto  Trey Menchaca
Staff Assistant
Graduate student queries
Travel reimbursements (TV envelopes)
Reservations & Scheduling

 
Office: Abercrombie A204
713-348-3568
am22@rice.edu 
  phillips   Sarah Phillips
International Programs Administrator
 
Co-direct NanoJapan: International Research Experience
for Undergraduates Program
Grant writing and proposal development for educational initiatives
Program assessment and alumni development/mentorship
TeraNano PIRE International Initiatives including
development of MOUs/Exchange agreements with PIRE partners abroad.


 
Office: Abercrombie A127
832-420-2751
sphillips@rice.edu 
nophoto  Dee Rashdi
RNG Administrator  
Research/Academic support for Edward Knightly
Rice Networks Group Business Activities/Budgets
Federal/Industry Grants: Pre-Post Award
RNG Website maintenance
Editor/Writing/Visitors/Events
Office: Duncan Hall 3045
713-348-6268
drashdi@rice.edu   
 nophoto  Norma Santamaria
Undergraduate and MEE Administrator
ECE Courses, registration
Undergraduate Student Liaison
Undergraduate Program queries
MEE Student Liaison
MEE Program queries
Office: Abercrombie B203
713-348-6722
ns37@rice.edu 
vickischutter  Vicki Schutter
Purchasing Coordinator




 
Purchase orders for large purchases
Process invoices for payment
Check requests, petty cash vouchers and deposit vouchers



 
Office: Abercrombie B205
713-348-4030
vicki@rice.edu  
 
Carrie Toffoletto 2014.5  Carrie Toffoletto
Department Administrator
Graduate Program Administrator (PhD)





 
Graduate Student Liaison (PhD)
HR - Hiring paperwork, visa processing
Departmental budget
General queries/Graduate Program Queries
Signature Authority for Invoices
Cost Transfer Documents
Reimbursements
Petty Cash
Office: Abercrombie A204
713-348-5081
ctoffo@rice.edu 
 
  williams   Sandy Williams
LANP Administrator
Administrative support for LANP Group
Administrative support for Dr. Naomi J. Halas 
Office: Brockman Hall 282
713-348-5746
sandra.l.williams@rice.edu