Meeting Schedule:
3rd Monday of September, November, February, April, June


About RTC

The Research Technologies Committee (RTC) 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 regarding technologies needed to support campus research activities.

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Members

Permanent Members (Voting)

  • Dr. Laura MandellCenter and Institute Directors Council Representative (Chair)
  • Dr. Raymundo Arroyave - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Hassan Bazzi - Associate Dean Representative
  • Aaron Brender - Research IT Professional
  • Dr. Dilma Da Silva - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Darren DepoyUniversity Research Council Representative
  • Dr. Nick Duffield - Data Science Institute Representative
  • Dr. Carl Gregory - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Andrew Klein - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Honggao Liu - High-Performance Computing Representative
  • Dr. Korok Ray - Faculty Research Representative
  • Dr. Christopher Seabury - Faculty Research Representative

Ex-officio Members (Voting)

  • Dr. Jack G. Baldauf - Interim Vice President for Research
  • William Deigaard - Associate Vice President for Enterprise Platforms, Cloud, and Shared Services
  • Ed Pierson - Interim Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Dr. Michael Sardaryzadeh - Chief Information Security Officer and Associate Vice President

Committee Charge

The RTC 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 RTC, require approval by the CIO and Strategic Chairs Committee (CSCC) to be recognized in the ITG framework.

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

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

  • Review and recommend research technology applications to the CSCC.
  • Identify and evaluate university-wide research technology IT policy issues resulting in Standard Administrative Procedures or Executive Policy to the Security and Policies Committee (SPC) 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 SPC for review, prior to submission to the CIO and/or the University Rule Team.
  • Identify and evaluate university-wide data science technologies and infrastructure.
  • Raise requests for funding university-wide research computing initiatives to the CSCC for review. The CSCC will then execute decision or raise issues to Executive IT Council (EITC) according to the request scope.
  • Make recommendations to the CSCC regarding university-wide project and service priorities in research technologies.
  • Strategic planning covering technologies needed to support campus research activities. Strategic planning components are raised to the CSCC, 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 SPC or CSCC 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 RTC votes and makes decisions within the above charge and scope. The RTC receives the following inputs, including, but not limited to:

  • Recommendations and decisions that are out of scope for the following committees:
    • CIO and Strategic Chairs Committee (CSCC)
    • Security and Policies Committee (SPC)
    • Enterprise Services Committee (ESC)
    • Student and Academic Technologies Committee (SATC)
  • Any recognized ITG input body.
  • Analysis activities and recommendations requested by any ITG body.

Exceptions to RTC decisions will be raised to the CSCC.

University Representation

Permanent Members (Voting)

  • 1 Center and Institute Directors Council Member (By appointment of the Council 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)
  • 3 Faculty Research Member (By appointment of the Vice President for Research)
  • 3 Faculty Research Member (By appointment of the Provost)
  • 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)

Ex-Officio Members (Voting)

  • Vice President for IT and CIO
  • Vice President for Research
  • Chief Information Security Officer and Associate Vice President
  • Associate Vice President for Enterprise Platforms, Cloud, and Shared Services

Terms and Procedures

Chair and Chair-Elect: A new chair-elect shall be elected during the first meeting of each year. The chair-elect serves a one-year term that begins during the September meeting, followed by a one-year term as the chair.

Member Terms: Each member will serve a one-year term beginning in September and ending in August. The Chairperson will request up to three members serve a second term to ensure continuity of experience in the committee.

Ex-Officio Members: The Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, Vice President for Research, Chief Information Security Officer and Associate Vice President, and Associate Vice President for Enterprise Platforms, Cloud, and Shared Services shall serve as ex-officio members.

Meeting Frequency: The RTC meets on the second Tuesday of September, November, February, April, and June. 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 RTC.

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 voting member shall have one vote counting toward a decision/vote, where a quorum is half of the 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 operational groups, task forces, ITCoPs, or ITSsGs as needed.

 

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