2021 Research News

Two Additions ORI Team Broaden Research Services for UNCW Faculty

March 11, 2021—The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) celebrates the arrival of two new team members – Ms. Kirsten Wisneski and Dr. Debra Wilkie.

Kirsten WisneskiKirsten will be joining the team as our first Research Development Specialist (RDS) starting March 15th.  In her role as the RDS, she will assist with increasing institutional research competitiveness through targeted capacity building, supporting strategic initiatives, developing partnerships and interdisciplinary teams, and research related professional development and programming. Kirsten has a record of experience with program administration and client services in the nonprofit and academic sectors.  She earned a MA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and BA in American Studies from Wellesley College.

Kirsten recently relocated to Wilmington and is excited to be back on the East Coast of the US. She is enjoying exploring the area's parks and beaches with her partner, newly appointed Assistant Professor Ata Suanda in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at UNCW, and their dog, Dexter.

Debra Wilkie has been named Electronic Research Administrator for ORI.  Debra’s qualifications combine diverse degrees and experiences with proficiency on both the faculty and administrative side of the university. Debra received her Bachelor and Master of Music from Indiana University, her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, and her secondary Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming from Oregon State University.

Debra WilkieDr. Wilkie is excited to utilize her prior database management and software development experience to lead and manage the research systems and work collaboratively with other administrative units in support of faculty sponsored research and innovation efforts. In this newly created role, she is the lead campus systems administrator for RAMSeS and InfoReady, and she is helping lead the implementation of UNCW’s new research administration software called OSPREY (Online Sponsored Programs and Research Enterprise sYstem).

When not at work, Debra enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, walking, and finding shark’s teeth on the beach. As the wife of a retired Marine this is the third time she has lived in the area and enjoys exploring the ever-growing Wilmington area.

ORI is excited to publicly welcome both of our new team members who will enhance and broaden ORI’s scope of services and better support research and innovation at UNCW.