PIFAC – Principal Investigator/Faculty Advisory Committee

One of the major goals behind the plan and model for the shared-service entity that now manages pre- and post-award functions for sponsored research at Texas A&M—Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services (SRS)—was to establish a governance structure to ensure the delivery of quality services to the research community, while maintaining a responsive and cost-effective administrative environment. The Principal Investigator/Faculty Advisory Committee (PIFAC) serves as one of the main governing bodies.

The objective behind PIFAC is to represent the interests and concerns of the research community in the arena of sponsored research administration. The committee will provide direct input to the SRS leadership team and system member CEOs on matters affecting SRS operations, including enhancements to customer service and the establishment of best practices. The current PIFAC members are:

Dr. Terry L. Thomas, Chair
Professor, Department of Biology, College of Science
Texas A&M University
Representative for the A&M System Office of Research

Dr. Ergun Akleman
Professor, College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
Representative for Texas A&M University Faculty Senate

Dr. Ronald D. Boyd
Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Prairie View A&M University
Representative for Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Chris Higgins
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Technology
Tarleton State University
Representative for Tarleton State University

Dr. Kim D. Jones

Director of the South Texas Environmental Institute Professor and Chairman
Department of Environmental Engineering, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Representative for Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dr. Beverly T. Kuhn
Division Head/Senior Research Engineer
System Reliability
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Representative for Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. M. Sam Mannan
Regents Professor and Director, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering
Holder of T. Michael O’Connor Chair, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
Texas A&M University
Representative for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Dr. Paul Montagna
Chair and Professor, Harte Research Institute
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Representative for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Joseph Newton
Dean, College of Science
Texas A&M University
Representative for Texas A&M University Council of Deans

Dr. Gregory D. Reinhart
Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M University
Representative for Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Dr. Carol A. Rice
Extension Program Leader for Family Development and Resource Management
Professor and Extension Health Specialist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Representative for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Dr. Jon T. Skare
Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, College of Medicine
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Representative for Texas A&M Health Science Center

Dr. Niall C. Slowey
Professor, Department of Oceanography, College of Geosciences
Texas A&M University
Representative for Council of Principal Investigators

Dr. Lori L. Taylor
Associate Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University
Representative for Texas A&M University

See a full overview of PIFAC.

Committee Notices

Meeting Minutes