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.
Dharma 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data Science Specialist
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.
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 technologies. At 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.
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.
Michael facilitates the completion of IRIS projects by tracking project performance, developing detailed work plans and estimates, and managing tracking systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yang 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 existing programs to account for newly identified issues and receipt of new data tranches.
Membership Inquiries and Operations:
Dharma Akmon, Managing Director
(734) 615-7464 email@example.com
Kevin Bjorne, IRIS Technical Director
(734) 936-0465 firstname.lastname@example.org
Natsuko Nicholls, IRIS Research Manager
(734) 763-0447 email@example.com
Meg Weideman, IRIS Administrative Assistant
(734) 615-0015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contracts, Invoicing & Grant Administration:
Karen Woollams, IRIS Research Coordinator
(734) 936-0444 email@example.com
Dan Meisler, IRIS Communications Manager
(734) 647-3587 firstname.lastname@example.org