Contacts

Department Administration

Sylvia Harris

Sylvia Harris

Staff Assistant, Purchasing & Reimbursements

Sylvia is the primary point of contact for all corporate corporate card processes (corporate card setup, expense processing, resolving problems). She also coordinates AP check processing and all types of reimbursements.

1438 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5134

sylvia.harris@duke.edu

Michaela Kane

Michaela Kane

Department Science Writer

Michaela works with faculty, staff and students to create a range of news and feature content to highlight departmental initiatives in research and education.

1453 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5155

michaela.kane@duke.edu

Rachel Karatz

Rachel Karatz

Staff Specialist, Coulter Partnership

Rachel provides administrative support for the Duke-Coulter Program Director and Associate Director and assists the project leaders as needed. Rachel tracks the budget related to the coulter projects and coordinates the partnership events and meetings, including travel arrangements & reimbursements.

262A Hudson Annex

919-660-5076

rachel.karatz@duke.edu

Alice Kessing

Alice Kessing

Receptionist

Alice manages all front office processes (greets & directs visitors, distributes mail and packages) and assists with corporate card expense processing and reimbursements. She is the first point of contact for scheduling BME conference rooms.

1427 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5131

alice.kessing@duke.edu

Christi Loucka

Christi Loucka

Coordinator and Assistant to the Department Chair

Christi is responsible for providing overall administrative management for the Department Chair by assisting with Faculty recruitment, relocation support, APT and Visa processing. She also collaborates with the faculty and students on initiatives, projects, and program development to ensure BME’s priorities are compliant and aligned within the school. She handles various business-related functions including finance, personnel, facilities planning, and research/grant administration.

1430 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5153

christina.loucka@duke.edu

Ellen Ray

Ellen Ray

Business Manager

Ellen oversees all the non-academic business activities of the Biomedical Engineering Department including finance, budget, personnel, space, academic support, visas and policy interpretation.

1429 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5122

eray@duke.edu

Louise Stokes

A. Louise Stokes

Human Resource Specialist

Louise is the primary point of contact for all payroll activities within the department. This includes the faculty/staff exempt payroll, the bi-weekly payroll and the non-compensatory payments. She processes hires, transfers, terminations, schedules department and university orientations, and is responsible for resolving all payment issues for faculty, staff, and students.

1439 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5057

as415@duke.edu

Degree Programs

Beverly Gedvillas

Beverly Gedvillas

Staff Specialist, MS and MEng Programs

Beverly provides administrative support to the Director of Master's Programs, and she serves the students by advising about course schedules, coordinating events for the master's community and connecting students with academic and career resources for continued advancement. Bev is the first point of contact for all BME master's students, MEng Committee and the Pratt master's programs, and she tracks student compliance for departmental and Pratt requirements and coordinates intern experiences.

1434 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5132

beverly.gedvillas@duke.edu

Danielle Giles

Danielle Giles

Program Coordinator, PhD Program

Danielle provides administrative support to the department’s PhD program. This includes assisting the Director of Graduate Studies, developing the graduate program budget, managing all recruitment activities, managing databases, and developing surveys. She coordinates all financial awards processes and ensures graduate student compliance with academic requirements. She is the primary point of contact for all PhD students.

1451 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5590

danielle.giles@duke.edu

Cynthia Meade

Cynthia Meade

Staff Specialist, Undergraduate Program

Cindy provides administrative support to the Director and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and provides support to the curriculum and associated committees. She assists with the development of the BME course schedules, maintains the undergraduate handbook, and faculty advisee assignments. Cindy coordinates undergraduate student events and assists prospective students with campus visits.

253 Hudson Annex

919-660-5133

cynthia.meade@duke.edu

Grants & Contracts

Amberly Adams

Amberly Adams

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Amberly is responsible for managing the department’s training grants, as well as sponsored research grants and contracts directed by the faculty who are principal investigators of the training grants. Responsibilities for all duties relate to pre- and post-award processes.

1452 Fitzpatrick Center

919-681-5067

amberly.adams@duke.edu

Natasha Alexandrova

Natasha Alexandrova

Grants & Contracts Specialist

Natasha manages both, pre- and post-award processes for an assigned portfolio of BME faculty that include complex grants and contracts, multiple sub-awards and/or multi-investigators with the School of Medicine. As a part of the pre-award management, Natasha participates in submission of proposals for any sponsor, and her post-award management includes activities such as effort distributions, progress reporting, tracking expenses, summer salary payments to the faculty from the list of her assigned portfolio.

1440 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5522

natalya.alexandrova@duke.edu

Gina Briscoe

Gina Briscoe

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Gina manages pre- and post-award processes for an assigned portfolio of complex grants and contracts. Pre-award responsibilities include grant submissions, non-competing renewals, and management of faculty other support for her portfolio. Post-award duties include re-budgets, grant projections, and reconciliations.

1435 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5665

g.briscoe@duke.edu

Sophie Cheng

Sophie Cheng

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Sophie manages pre- and post-award processes for an assigned portfolio of complex grants and contracts. However, her work is predominantly pre-award, and with a concentration on proposals with multiple sub-awards and/or multi-investigators with the School of Medicine, and complex proposals (DARPA, DOE, International subcontractors).

1441 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5420

sophie.cheng@duke.edu

Erica Clayton

Erica Clayton

Grants & Contracts Administrator, Lead

Erica provides supervision of the BME department grant personnel and their activities. This includes the assignment of faculty to grant manager portfolios based on the level of grant/contract complexity and the expertise of the grants staff. She tracks all grant compliance issues, and provides valuable input to the business manager on a wide range of grant related issues. In addition, Erica manages a portfolio of the most complex grants and contracts and takes the lead in resolving all difficult granting issues.

1437 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5121

erica.clayton@duke.edu

Maria Scripa

Maria Scripa

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Maria manages pre- and post-award processes for an assigned portfolio of complex grants and contracts. Her work is predominantly pre-award, and with a concentration on proposals with multiple sub-awards and/or multi-investigators with the School of Medicine, and complex proposals (DARPA, DOE, International subcontractors).

1433 Fitzpatrick Center

919-681-1780

maria.scripa@duke.edu

Barbara Smith

Barbara J. Smith

Grants & Contracts Administrator

Barbara manages pre- and post-award processes for an assigned portfolio of complex grants and contracts. Pre-award responsibilities include grant submissions, non-competing renewals, and management of faculty other support for her portfolio. Post-award duties include re-budgets, grant projections, and reconciliations.

1436 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5436

barbara.j.smith@duke.edu

Teaching Labs

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Senior Laboratory Administrator

Matt supervises and coordinates administrative and technical activities of our Teaching Laboratories. His focus is the management and administration of courses related to electronics, signals and instrumentation. Matt also serves as an advisor and consultant for the design related courses.

P04 Teer Engineering Building

919-660-8817

matt.brown@duke.edu

Maggie Mbugua

Maggie Gatongi

Lab Administrator

Maggie coordinates and performs a variety of administrative and technical activities in support of designated lab courses. The focus of the courses Maggie oversees is quantitative analysis of biological processes for engineering undergraduates. She also maintains the teaching lab equipment and apparatus to ensure adequate quality control

P03A Teer Engineering Building

919-660-5780

mbugua.margaret@duke.edu

Marcus Henderson

Marcus Henderson

Teaching Laboratory Manager

Marcus manages all aspects of the Teaching Laboratories, and supervises lab personnel. He develops budgets and places orders for all major teaching lab equipment. He interacts with faculty as needed to plan for labs. He assists in the planning of new lab courses. He has also served as the department safety manager. He coordinates lab tours and demonstrations for a variety of events.

1205 Fitzpatrick Center

919-660-5191

mhh@duke.edu

Christine Mulvey

Christine Mulvey

Senior Laboratory Administrator

Christine’s responsibility is to coordinate and perform a variety of administrative and technical activities in support of designated lab courses. The focus of the courses Christine oversees is quantitative analysis of biological processes for engineering undergraduates. Christine also teaches at least one course per year, usually in the area quantitative physiology, systems analysis or optics.

2216 Hudson Annex

919-660-5428

christine.mulvey@duke.edu

Steven (Joe) Owen

Steven (Joe) Owen

Instrument Designer

Joe designs and fabricates precision instruments for faculty, research staff and students. He often begins with hand-drawn sketches, and then uses computer numerical control (CNC) software and specialty custom apparatus using a variety of different materials to produce the final instrument.

Room 0003, TelCom Building

919-660-5136

sjowen@duke.edu