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San Diego State University


Research Advancement

Making Science Happen. For People. Through People.


About Us

The Research Advancement Division, under the guidance of the VP for Research, is responsible for supporting and furthering the academic mission of SDSU, in particular, its sponsored research, community service, and education goals. The Division assists SDSU faculty and Deans in devising strategies to advance and expand SDSU’s research endeavor; develop cooperative multidisciplinary, multi-institutional partnership programs; provide program management for a diverse portfolio of sponsored programs; and protect and commercialize the intellectual property of SDSU faculty and staff.

The mission of Research Advancement is to provide services, support, and innovation that builds the research portfolio and scholarly reputation of the institution and facilitates the transition of creative results into the public domain. Specific Research Advancement program focus areas include:

  • Advocates for Faculty: Devising novel marketing and information strategies to develop new funding sources
  • Capacity Building: Providing support and innovative services to build successful independent researchers
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Promoting entrepreneurial programs for technology innovations and commercialization
  • Cooperative Partnerships: Facilitating development of new programs and relationships among academic, industry, and government organizations, leveraging SDSU faculty expertise
  • Federal Research Agenda: Devising effective mechanisms that members of Congress and federal agency officials can use to engage SDSU faculty in addressing national priorities
  • Intellectual Property: Protecting SDSU faculty researcher inventions and creative works, and promoting their transition through license agreements to existing and new start-ups.


Meet The Staff


Tim W. Timothy Hushen - Associate Executive Director, Research Advancement Leading a team of professionals to advance the research goals and objectives of SDSU, Mr. Hushen works closely with faculty, VP for Research Dr. Steve Welter, and other colleagues to identify, develop, and implement opportunities for SDSU.

Barry Barry Janov - Director of Sponsored Research Project Management A key player in the development of the SDSU federal research agenda, Mr. Janov’s efforts have resulted in the acquisition of several large, multi-organizational, multi-year awards including the 13-year $63M CCAT project, 6-year $5.1M SBA RIC and NEST projects, 7-year $19.7M and $1M SSC Pacific TAEST and C4ISR task order contracts. He was most recently instrumental in the award of the $33M Georgia project, compiling multi-year complex budgets for building capacity and delivery of STEM undergraduate degrees at three Georgian universities.

John John Crockett, Ph.D. - Sponsored Research Project Development & Management Dr. Crockett focuses on creating and executing research programs that support our mission to promote university research and education. He plays an active role in education and research and is co-author on over 20 professional publications. Dr. Crockett is also the primary facilitator for the GREW workshops sponsored by SDSU’s Office of Graduate and Research Affairs. The Grants and Research Enterprise Writing (GREW) Fellowship is a 6-week course offered to around a dozen primarily junior faculty members each semester (

Tommy Edward “Tommy” Martindale, J.D. - Director Technology Transfer Office In addition to heading the Technology Transfer Office, Mr. Martindale assists in the development of new programs and exploration of funding opportunities for SDSU faculty. He has developed and implemented protocols and assists the Zahn Incubator Director in working with faculty and student teams as we grow our expertise in having entrepreneurship on the campus. As Director of Technology Transfer Office, Mr. Martindale is responsible for the protection and commercialization of technologies developed at SDSU (Technology Transfer Office).

Contact Us

W. Timothy Hushen
Assoc. Exec. Director, Research Advancement
Phone: (619) 594-4102

Barry Janov
Director Sponsored Research Project Management
Phone: (619) 594-4524

John Crockett
Sponsored Research Project Development & Management
Phone: (619) 594-3176

Tommy Martindale
Director Technology Transfer Office
Phone: (619) 594-0791