December 3, 2012

LSU’s College of Engineering recently named Bonnie Pendergraft as the new Research Facilitation Office Manager, where she will serve an important role in managing the functions, events and activities of the College’s Research Facilitation Office.

In her new role, Pendergraft will manage the review and approval of all sponsored programs, grants and contracts and other research-related agreements. She will be responsible for coordinating the College’s research endeavors as a part of the five-year strategic plan, including promoting the development of individual and interdisciplinary research areas, leveraging high-performance computing resources for research in various fields and enhancing the quality of research programs in the College.

“The College of Engineering is fortunate to have Bonnie leading the Research Facilitation Office,” said Rick Koubek, dean. “Her experience in both sponsored programs and accounting will bring a unique skill set in helping faculty as they pursue research funding opportunities.”

Pendergraft will also be responsible for interacting regularly with external and internal constituencies in receiving and disseminating information, and in developing schedules for on- and off-campus research interactions between faculty and perspective funding entities.

The College contains seven engineering departments/schools and eight research centers with approximately $19 million in annual research expenditures. Each of these entities interacts with the RFO for research support.

“I am excited to work with faculty, staff and students in the College of Engineering to advance their valuable ongoing research and will strive to help take that research to the next level,” Pendergraft said. “This College has made a tremendous impact, both within LSU and outside of its borders, and continues to push beyond traditional boundaries to transform and improve lives. My goal is to assist the College by enhancing its research strategy through supporting researchers in finding new funding opportunities, preparing competitive proposals, and collaborating with internal and external partners.”

Prior her appointment in the College of Engineering, Pendergraft worked as a grant/contract specialist and electronic research administrator for the LSU Office of Sponsored Programs, where she prepared and negotiated federal, state and private industry grants, contracts and subcontracts. She also previously served as Coordinator for LSU’s Sponsored Program Accounting, where she created, revised and distributed invoices and financial reports for federal, state and private sponsors.

Pendergraft received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in December 2001 and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration in May 2012, both from LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business.

Pendergraft is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honors societies. In 2000, she received Phi Kappa Phi’s George Robertson Award. She has volunteered at Special Olympics and with Hurricane Katrina relief, and she currently volunteers as a children’s church and young adult leader.

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Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering, or (225) 578-5706.


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