OSP | Staff Bios

Questions?

  • Office of Sponsored Programs
    202-885-3440
    osp@american.edu
    Wisconsin (4200) Suite 300

Mailing Address
Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols

,

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

As Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, Michael is responsible for the direction and management of all pre-award grant and contract administration operations at American University. He provides leadership in developing policies and procedure... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3457
Sponsored Programs


Melissa Alves

Melissa Alves

,

Grant and Contract Manager

Melissa Alves joined OSP in April 2013. Prior to arriving at AU, she served as a Grant and Contract Administrator for the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Grants Management Specialist for the Federal Depart... [More]

Send email Send email


Sponsored Programs


Akidah Felder

Akidah Felder

,

Operations and Communications Manager

Ms. Felder serves as the Operations & Communications Manager for OSP. She is responsible for managing the department's operations and communications functions, which include developing processes and standards, marketing collateral design, content cre... [More]

Send email Send email


Sponsored Programs


Joseph Gesa

Joseph Gesa

,

Systems Administrator

As the Systems Administrator, Joe is responsible for the technical operations of the office, including managing all electronic systems related to the acquisition of funding and the University’s system to system submission software. In addition, Joe p... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3977
Sponsored Programs


Irina Komives

Irina Komives

,

Senior Grant & Contract Manager

Irina Komives is a Senior Grant and Contract Manager. She works with the Washington College of Law. Before joining OSP, Irina was the Associate Director for International Programs at George Mason University's Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corrup... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3156
Sponsored Programs


Shira Lowinger

Shira Lowinger

,

Senior Grant & Contract Manager

Shira Lowinger joined OSP in January 2012 as a Senior Grant and Contact Manager. She previously spent over five years as the Program Administrator of the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program and Manager of the Research Assistant Program at the United... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3445
Sponsored Programs


Cynthia Muhammad

Cynthia Muhammad

,

Senior Grant and Contract Manager

Ms. Cynthia A. Muhammad serves as a Senior Grant and Contract Manager and primarily assists the College of Arts and Sciences. She has over fifteen years of research administration experience in a university setting. As a results oriented grants and c... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3444
Sponsored Programs


Rachel Pentlarge

Rachel Pentlarge

,

Grant and Contract Manager

Rachel Pentlarge is a grant and contract manager, working primarily with the School of Public Affairs, the School of International Service, the Kogod School of Business, the University Library and the WINS program (Washington Internships for Native S... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3449
Sponsored Programs


Scott Yoo

Scott Yoo

,

Grant and Contract Manager

Scott Yoo joined OSP in April 2014. Prior to arriving at AU, he served as a Grants and Contract Specialist for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Pharmacy. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelors deg... [More]

Send email Send email

202-885-3994
Sponsored Programs