By Forest LeBaron/College of Engineering
Liana Ryan is no stranger to creating beautiful music. As a violinist, a vocalist, and an extension of the Office of Research Support and the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, she strikes a chord through her efforts in helping to find and research grants. Ryan is a senior grant development coordinator for UTSA where she helps to find funding for projects that faculty members want to take advantage of.
Ryan works under the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Harry Millwater to help with accessibility to resources and to help write and edit project proposals. Anytime a faculty member needs additional information gathered or written for a grant that is not included on the technical side of the project, she is there.
“Because I’m not an engineer, my strength lies in reviewing and editing the proposals,” said Ryan. “I can help to clarify information in the proposal and for the project to make it easier for people who do not necessarily understand the technical aspects of the project to review it.”
Ryan is helping put together a faculty mentoring program for engineering faculty. The program will help to explain where to find funding, provide information on grant development and research, and include educational activities in regards to the processes involved when pursuing grant-funded research at UTSA.
There are also the email blasts and research profiles that Ryan has been working on which she hopes will help educate internally within the College of Engineering and UTSA generally as well as externally to other universities and potential sponsors or collaborators. With the emails she helps to inform the faculty about upcoming research activities and funding opportunities, and intends to eventually use the research profiles to promote our expertise as well as help put together collaborations between faculty members internally and externally.
“I like working with diverse groups of people, with various projects, and distinct ways of thinking,” says Ryan. “Every day is different and that’s what I love about research administration.”
Previously, Ryan worked at The University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas. After spending a number of years working in research administration, she was most recently coordinating institutional effectiveness activities for administrative units as part of the institutional accreditation process. When the opportunity of working at UTSA as the Senior Grant Development Coordinator came up, she took it.
“The research environment is much more fast paced here, there is more of a push for and more resources are being targeted to help faculty be more productive,” says Ryan. “I like that, that I can do more and hopefully help faculty members successfully gain more funding and grant opportunities in the process.”