Research Leadership Team

John Bradford

John Bradford, PhD

Acting Vice President, Research and Technology Transfer

Michael Kaufman, PhD

Director of Materials and Manufacturing Initiatives

(303) 273-3009

Lisa Kinzel

Director, Research Development

(303) 384-2470


Lisa has been with Colorado School of Mines and the office of Research and Technology Transfer since 2006. As director of research development, she creates and implements strategies that help increase institutional competitiveness and raise awareness of our research strengths. She also develops strategies that support our faculty, providing them with funding opportunities and facilitating research events that promote collaboration and foster team connections.

In her role in the Office of Industry Relations Lisa works directly with the Colorado School of Mines Foundation as a liaison to initiate and nurture relationships between faculty and industry partners.

Will Vaughan, PhD

Director, Technology Transfer

(303) 384-2555


Dr. Will Vaughan is the director of technology transfer at Colorado School of Mines. He coordinates partnerships between Mines and business, venture capital and governmental communities to commercialize Mines technology and provide greater visibility for Mines’ world-class research. Will was the business development manager for the technology transfer office at The Ohio State University where he coordinated Ohio State’s innovation agenda with the local, state and federal government, licensed inventions, and worked with the start-up community. 

Will previously served in the Ohio Governor’s Office of Science and Technology where he helped develop Ohio’s Third Frontier program, which invested $1.6 billion over ten years in Ohio’s technology-based economic development community. He also served as the interface between state government and the public on science and technology issues.

Will serves on the boards of the Colorado Bioscience Association, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, Innosphere and CO-Labs.  He received his BS from Marietta College, his MS from Ohio University and his PhD from The Ohio State University.

Scot Allen, PhD

Research Compliance Officer

(303) 273-3734

Dr. Scot Allen is the research compliance officer at Colorado School of Mines. His strengths are in program development, international relations and national security.  

Scot served over 20 years in the Air Force in roles ranging from site engineer to hazardous waste manager, and from infrastructure branch chief to professor and deputy director of international programs at the Air Force Academy. In academia, he worked in international programs and secure and global research for Colorado State University.

Scot served in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, where he was deployed as an interpreter during NATO air operations over Bosnia. He led rebuilding efforts across Iraq in 2008–2009.  

He earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, MS in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and PhD from the University of Virginia.  

His awards and honors include the Bronze Star Medal, Outstanding Academy Educator, Presidential Ram Service Award and Young Engineer of the Year. He holds a professional engineering license and has led students to Belgium, Cambodia, El Salvador, France, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and Vietnam.  

Erika Jermé

Proposal Manager

(303) 273-3014


Erika helps teams develop competitive proposals in response to multimillion-dollar funding opportunities. She joined RTT in 2018 after spending four years in proposal development at Arizona State University. Erika received a BA in French and geography from Macalester College and an MS in urban planning from the University of Toronto. She is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Senegal ’06-’08) and is a coordinator for Mines’ Peace Corps Prep program.

Anna DeGraaf

Executive Assistant, Research and Technology Transfer

(303) 273-3327

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