LIRA: Lehigh Integrated Research Administration

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Welcome to the LIRA project website. Lehigh University is pleased to announce that it is embarking on the implementation of a new software system to modernize the university’s research administration business processes and technologies. Once implemented in late 2022, LIRA will provide faculty and research administration staff with improved proposal submission, sponsored agreement initiation, and award administration tools, coupled with university-wide process improvement.

The first modules being implemented are Grants and Agreements.

Lira Timeline
LIRA Implementation Team

Cynthia Kane, AVP of Research and Sponsored Programs - Project Sponsor
Ilena Key, Chief Technology Officer - Project Sponsor
Ainsley Lamberton, Administrative Director, VPR - Project Manager
Joe Bates, Administrative Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences
Jenny Chao, Research Program Development Specialist, VPR
Susan Disidore, Associate Director, ORSP
Erica Gluszynski, Manager of Information Systems, LTS
Erin Karahuta, Research Integrity Manager, VPR
Jennifer Kershner, Accounting Coordinator, Controller
Katrina Kraft, Financial Manager, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Chad Kusko, Director, Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy
Ellen Liebenow, Contract and Grant Specialist, ORSP
Heather Messina, Assistant Director of Administration, College of Health
Sarah Riccaboni, Contract and Grant Specialist, ORSP
Libby Seyfried, Business Manager, College of Arts & Sciences
Brett Smith, Director, Small Business Development Center
Gina Szierzega, Senior Research Program Development Officer, College of Education
James Wagner, Senior Analyst, LTS
Dominic Wallitsch, Manager of Research Accounting, Controller

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