Our Team

Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-Smith

IRIS Executive Director

Jason manages the activities of IRIS and is the liaison with future and current Member Institutions.  He is an ex officio member of the IRIS Board of Directors. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the public value of the research university, and the network organization of surgical care.  Jason’s work makes use of large-scale administrative data to study fundamental process of network change and their effects in policy relevant domains.
jdos@umich.edu

Carl Agbenyega

Carl Agbenyega

Applications Programmer / Analyst

Carl contributes to the development of new member reports, updates existing reports, updates the IRIS member portal, and performs various miscellaneous programming work.

Najla August

Najla August

Lead Developer

Najla is a data visualization expert and applications developer. She stays in the forefront of advancing technologies and is skilled in a variety of programming platforms and languages. Her passion outside of work includes camping and hiking.
anajla@umich.edu

Kevin Bjorne

Kevin Bjorne

Technical Director

Kevin is member of the IRIS leadership team and oversees all aspects of the technical operations of the organization. He works closely with member universities, IRIS staff, and partner organizations like the federal government to provide accurate and meaningful products to be used by IRIS members.
kbjorne@umich.edu

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown

Data Support Specialist

Chris develops code for data curation, analysis and visualization; prepares materials for various training workshops; and helps the Research Support Team handle requests from researchers using IRIS data.
chribrwn@umich.edu

Amy Butchart

Amy Butchart

Lead Programmer

Amy collaborates and coordinates with data curators, researchers, and analysts at federal agencies and at IRIS member institutions. Her work as a programmer on the IRIS team focuses on designing and documenting code to link restricted data sets and producing data products and analytic data sets. Additionally, she conceptualizes and designs additional metrics that can be built using IRIS and federal data.
butchart@umich.edu

Nancy Calvin-Naylor

Nancy Calvin-Naylor

Managing Director

Nancy handles the day-to-day operations of IRIS, including human resources, financial oversight, and management of internal systems and processes. Additionally, she is part of the IRIS leadership team, helping to set strategic goals and priorities for IRIS. Growing and sustaining the IRIS membership is a key part of her portfolio, as is work with the IRIS Board of Directors. Nancy is avidly outdoorsy, enjoying kayaking and rock collecting; she also plays the piano and takes urban ballroom dance lessons.
nbirk@umich.edu

Diksha

Diksha

Applications Programmer / Analyst

Diksha develops programs to download, ingest and update large-scale datasets, performs quality checks, documents the data, and prepares them for integration into existing IRIS projects. She also contributes to efforts to scrape the web to augment IRIS data, implement machine-learning approaches to naming and data linkage projects, and improve IRIS disambiguation processes.
dikshad@umich.edu

Nazha Gali

Nazha Gali

Research Fellow

Nazha’s research interests include the nature and longitudinal impact of entrepreneurial orientation and its dimensions on the failure rate of firms; corporate social responsibility; corporate governance; team leadership emergence; and social entrepreneurship.
ngali@umich.edu

Elissa Irhamy

Elissa Irhamy

Applications Programmer / Analyst Associate

Elissa designs, writes, tests and revises programs that import, link and summarize data for IRIS reports; designs and writes programs to implement new metrics for IRIS reports; and maintains and updates exisiting programs to account for newly identified issues and receipt of new data tranches.
eairhamy@umich.edu

Jinseok Kim

Jinseok Kim

Research Assistant Professor

Jinseok’s work focuses on understanding the human interaction patterns extracted from large-scale, semi-structured and unstructured data generated from diverse information and communication technologiesAt IRIS, he will provide expertise in name disambiguation of administrative datasets and work on research projects examining the role research experience plays in the career trajectories of students at various levels.
jinseokk@umich.edu

Jeong-Woo Ko

Jeong-Woo Ko

Applications Programmer / Analyst Associate

Jeong-Woo writes and maintains programs linking and summarizing data and making metrics for use in client reports; extracts, transforms and loads data into IRIS data servers; cleans and tests data; and creates data summaries in response to a variety of requests.
jwko@umich.edu

    Michael Little

    Michael Little

    Project Manager

    Michael facilitates the completion of IRIS projects by tracking project performance, developing detailed work plans and estimates, and managing tracking systems.
    mhlittle@umich.edu

    Dan Meisler

    Dan Meisler

    Communications Manager

    Dan’s portfolio includes engaging with IRIS members to promote best practices in using IRIS data and making IRIS work visible on campus, assisting with member expansion efforts by developing compelling strategies to promote IRIS to prospective member universities, and growing the research use of IRIS data through targeted outreach. Dan manages IRIS messaging, including newsletters, social media, annual reports, and the website.
    dmeisler@umich.edu

    Natsuko Nicholls

    Natsuko Nicholls

    Research Manager

    Natsuko Nicholls leads the IRIS Research Support team with primary responsibility for all aspects of data provision, documentation, and privacy protection. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and is herself an active research user of the IRIS UMETRICS dataset in the IRIS infrastructure designated to manage, transform, and analyze IRIS member universities’ administrative data for research. Her research interest lies within the sociopolitical impact of research, currently working with a useful administrative data source, the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) database to show interesting empirical evidence of university contribution to the public good through researchers’ federal advisory service in the context of university R&D spending.
    hayashin@umich.edu

    Rob Truex

    Rob Truex

    Applications Programmer / Analyst Intermediate

    Rob develops tools and scripts for IRIS to clean, maintain and integrate large administrative data sets. He also produces visualizations and provides support to the IRIS Technical Director in ensuring the robustness of the IRIS data system. His work is used in producing IRIS reports to universities and in creating and maintaining the IRIS data made available to universities.
    rtruex@umich.edu

    Matt VanEseltine

    Matt VanEseltine

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Matt is a sociologist and data scientist working with large-scale data for causal and policy analysis. He studies the effects of scientific infrastructure, training, and initiatives. At IRIS, he also contributes to data development and linkage for research and reporting.

    Meg Weideman

    Meg Weideman

    Administrative Assistant Senior

    Meg provides logistical support for IRIS, managing calendars and scheduling along with meeting coordination and support. Her portfolio includes office management and general administrative oversight, as well as event management. Meg’s extensive background in university administration is eminently useful. Away from the office Meg enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling to visit family.
    megdw@umich.edu

    Karen Woollams

    Karen Woollams

    Business Manager

    Karen provides pre and post-award grant administration, budget management and reporting, and print and digital publicity material design and production.  She can help with IRIS memberships and member invoicing, contracts, and assorted financial matters.  Karen is passionate about local Habitat for Humanity work and enjoys hiking, gardening and singing with the UM Choral Union.
    woollams@umich.edu

    Contact Us

    Membership Inquiries and Operations:
    Nancy Calvin-Naylor, IRIS Managing Director
    (734) 615-7464 nbirk@umich.edu

    Technical Issues:
    Kevin Bjorne, IRIS Technical Director
    (734) 936-0465 kbjorne@umich.edu

    Researcher Access:
    Natsuko Nicholls, IRIS Research Manager
    (734) 763-0447 hayashin@umich.edu

    Scheduling Requests:
    Meg Weideman, IRIS Administrative Assistant
    (734) 615-0015 megdw@umich.edu

    Contracts, Invoicing & Grant Administration:
    Karen Woollams, IRIS Research Coordinator
    (734) 936-0444 woollams@umich.edu

    Media Contact:
    Dan Meisler, IRIS Communications Specialist
    (734) 647-3587 dmeisler@umich.edu

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