Meeting Schedule:
Bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November.


About RITC

The Research & Innovative Technologies Committee (RITC) provides input for the research mission of Texas A&M University by reviewing, evaluating and recommending strategies, plans and policies regarding IT projects and services that support research by faculty and students. The committee solicits input from key stakeholders and constituencies across the campus to ensure that institutional needs are being met in regards to technologies needed to support campus research activities.

Committee Information

Committee Objectives

  • Survey the Council of Principal Investigators (CPI) to understand research needs.
  • Create plans to position Texas A&M University as a premier research institution.
  • Find financing mechanisms to improve research computing.

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Members

Permanent Voting Members (Voting)

  • Dr. Susan Bloomfield - Associate Dean Representative
  • Dr. Ramalingam Saravanan - Council of Principal Investigators Representative
  • Paula Sullenger - University Research Council Member
  • Aaron Brender - Research IT Professional
  • Dr. Honggao Liu - High-Performance Computing Representative
  • Dr. Nick Duffield - Data Science Institute Representative
  • Dr. Michael Hall - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. James Hu - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Jim Sacchettini - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Chris Seabury - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Dorothy Shippen - Faculty Research Representative
  • Aaron Retteen - Law School Representative
  • Cheryl Cato - Division of IT - Research and Education Network and Enterprise IT Facilities
  • William Deigaard - Division of IT - Enterprise Platforms, Cloud, and Shared Services

Ex-officio Members (Non-Voting)

  • M. Dee Childs - Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officer
  • Dr. Mark Barteau - Vice President for Research

Committee Charge

The RITC will oversee committees, existing or developed, that serve as inputs to its overall scope. Active committees established prior to the university-wide IT Governance (ITG) framework who wish to input or integrate into the RITC, require approval by the Strategic IT Committee (SITC) to be recognized in the ITG framework.

New committees, task forces, IT Communities of Practice (ITCoPs) or IT Stakeholder Steering Groups (ITSsGs) may be created by the RITC.

The RITC produces the following outputs, including, but not limited to:

  • Review and recommend research technology applications to the SITC.
  • Identify and evaluate university-wide research technology IT policy issues resulting in Standard Administrative Procedures or Executive Policy to the Information Risk, Policy & Security Committee (IRPSC) for review, prior to submission to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and/or the University Rule Team.
  • Identify and evaluate university-wide research data management policy issues resulting in Standard Administrative Procedures or Executive Policy to the IRPSC for review, prior to submission to the CIO and/or the University Rule Team.
  • Identify and evaluate university-wide data science technologies and infrastructure. Recommendations and request for analysis should be made to the Architecture & Infrastructure Committee (AIC) for such technologies.
  • Raise requests for funding university-wide research computing initiatives to the SITC for review. The SITC will then execute decision or raise issues to Executive IT Council (EITC) according to the request scope.
  • Make recommendations to the SITC regarding university-wide project and service priorities in the area of research technologies.
  • Strategic planning covering technologies needed to support campus research activities. Strategic planning components are raised to the SITC, and then endorsed by the EITC where appropriate.
  • Strategies to assist Principal Investigators (PIs) on existing and planned grant funding to support technology investments or potential technology investments.
  • Provide recommendations to the IRPSC or SITC on the assurance of cybersecurity compliance as it relates to grant funding (e.g., Federal Acquisition Register, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, NIST 800-171, etc.) to enable the continuation or growth of federally funded grant programs.

The RITC votes and makes decisions within the above charge and scope. The RITC receives the following inputs, including, but not limited to:

  • Recommendations and decisions that are out of scope for the following committees:
    • Strategic IT Committee (SITC)
    • Information Risk, Policy & Security Committee (IRPSC)
    • Enterprise Applications Committee (EAC)
    • Teaching & Transformational Learning Technologies Committee (TTLTC)
    • Architecture & Infrastructure Committee (AIC)
  • Any recognized ITG input body.
  • Analysis activities and recommendations requested by any ITG body.

Policy, Decisions and Exception Facilitation

Exceptions to RITC decisions will be raised to the SITC.

University Representation

Permanent Voting Members (Voting)

  • 1 Council of Principal Investigators Member (By appointment of the CPI - Executive Committee)
  • 1 University Research Council Member (By appointment of the Vice President for Research)*
  • 1 Associate Dean (By appointment of the Provost)**
  • 1 Vice President for Research IT Professional (By appointment of the Vice President for Research)
  • 1 Faculty Research Member (By appointment of the Vice President for Research)
  • 1 High-Performance Computing Representative (By appointment of the Vice President for Research)
  • 1 Distinguished Faculty Member (By appointment of the Vice President for IT and CIO)
  • 1 Data Science Institute Member (By appointment of the Vice President for IT and CIO)
  • 2 Faculty Researchers (By appointment of the Provost)
  • 1 Texas A&M Law School Member (By appointment of the Research and Innovation Technologies Committee)
  • Division of IT - Associate Vice President, Enterprise Platforms, Cloud, and Shared Services
  • Division of IT - Associate Vice President, Research and Education Network and Enterprise IT Facilities

Ex-officio Members (Non-Voting)

  • Vice President for IT and CIO
  • Vice President for Research

* Appointment is not required to be a faculty member.

** Administrative appointment, but considered as a faculty member.

Terms and Procedures

Chairperson: A chairperson will be elected during the July meeting each year and serve a one-year term that begins during the September RITC meeting.

Member Terms: Each member will serve a two-year term beginning in September and ending in July during the second year of membership. The Chairperson will request up to three members serve a second term to ensure continuity of experience in the committee. Supplemental term information is available in the Schedule of Terms.

Ex-Officio Members: The Division of IT Chief Technology Officer will serve as an ex-officio member to enable rich connection with the AIC.

Meeting frequency: The RITC meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September, and November. The committee will determine modifications to the meeting schedule as needed based on current activities. Meetings will be staggered to avoid conflict with other committees.

Reporting: The Office of the CIO will report on decisions and maintain electronic communication mediums for distributing university-wide information for the RITC.

Documentation of proceedings: All meetings will have minutes of discussions, decisions and action items that are published within two weeks of the proceeding.

Voting: Each permanent voting member shall have one vote counting toward a decision/vote, where a quorum of seven is needed from within the 13 permanent attending members. The chairperson shall manage the voting process, which is determined by majority vote from within the count of voters. The chairperson shall decide a vote ending in a tied decision.

Research and Supplemental Input Mechanisms: The committee may establish, at its discretion, additional ad hoc committees, task forces, ITCoPs, or ITSsGs as needed.

 

Questions about IT Governance can be submitted to: itgovernance@tamu.edu