About Us-Office of Sponsored Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Linda Feuster

Associate Vice President of Sponsored Programs

Office: WQED 2013

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: lfeuster@andrew.cmu.edu

Linda was named Interim Director in June 2014.  Prior to this position, she was Assistant VP and Assistant General Counsel for CMU, after moving from the University of Pittsburgh where she supported the Office of Research in her role as Associate General Counsel.  Linda also has a M.B.A. from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

Lynn Young


Office: WQED 2022

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: lynny@andrew.cmu.edu

Lynn joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) as a Contracts Officer in 1998 and was promoted to Contracts Manager in 2002. Lynn previously worked as a business manager for the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for twelve years.   As  Contracts Manager, Lynn is actively involved with all aspects of the development and negotiation of the University’s research agreements as well as oversight of the contract personnel.   Lynn holds a BA in Foreign Language and International Trade  from Eastern Michigan University and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Darlene Kapcin

Office Manager

Office: WQED 1001

Phone: 412-268-8746

Email: dp7a@andrew.cmu.edu

Darlene joined CMU in 1987.  She joined OSP in 2006 serving in many capacities.  She manages the office and provides administrative assistance to all OSP staff.

Robert Kearns


Office: WQED 2025

Phone: 412-268-5837

Email: rk2a@andrew.cmu.edu

Rob joined OSP in 1985. Over the years, Rob served in many capacities (pre-award administrator, subcontracts administrator).  Rob currently manages non-federal pre-award research activities.

Amanda Baumann

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: WQED 2021

Phone: 412-268-6455

Email: aab39@andrew.cmu.edu

Amanda joined OSP in August 2013. She is responsible for processing submissions and awards related to the NSF and NIH. Prior to joining the OSP staff Amanda was with the University of Pittsburgh where she acquired more than 13 years of experience with research grants.

Judy Coyle

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: WQED 2021

Phone: 412-268-5597

Email: jcoyle@andrew.cmu.edu

Judy has 8 years of experience as a pre-award research administrator at a not-for-profit research institute in St. Louis, MO, where she was responsible for all aspects of proposal compliance and submission. Previous to that she spent 8 years as an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that she was the water quality manager for a drinking water authority in the Philadelphia area. She received her BS in Biology from Rutgers University and MS in Environmental Science from Drexel University.

Diane McCrea

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: WQED 2011

Phone: 412-268-1419

Email: dm8k@andrew.cmu.edu

Diane has been with CMU for 21 years working in both OSP as well Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA).  Diane's main OSP function is to reconcile proposal and award data and transmit award details to SPA.

Rebecca Pawlikowsky

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: WQED 2023

Phone: 412-268-1146

Email: rebeccap@andrew.cmu.edu

Rebecca joined OSP in July 2014.  Rebecca’s main function is to reconcile proposal and award data and transmit award details to SPA.

Gregory Smith

Pre-Award Administrator

Office: WQED 2012

Phone: 412-268-6157

Email: smithga@andrew.cmu.edu

Greg joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in August of 2014.  Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Greg spent four years as a research program manager in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry where he was responsible for a program of research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and managed a federally funded research training consortium for early career scientists.  Greg graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Matt Bartman

Senior Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2016

Phone: 412-268-2255

Email: mbartman@cmu.edu

Matt joined the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in 2000.  Matt previously worked as an Environmental Consultant for the Department of Defense/Department of Navy.  As a Contracts Officer Matt has been involved with the development and negotiation of many types of agreements pertaining to Sponsored Research.   Matt has advanced degrees in Public Health and Public Management.  Matt is an avid sports fan and enjoys travelling with his wife and two daughters.

Christine Bedillion

Senior Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2026

Phone: 412-268-9912

Email: cbedilli@andrew.cmu.edu

Prior to joining CMU in September 2011, Christine worked at the University of Pittsburgh negotiating research related agreements.  She has also worked in the area of legal and compliance for a variety of industry and nonprofit organizations, and received a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Patricia Clark

Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2024

Phone: 412-268-3483

Email: clarkp@andrew.cmu.edu

Patty joined OSP in September, 2012.  Prior to joining CMU, Patty worked as a Contracts Officer for 8 years at the University of Pittsburgh and was Deputy General Counsel at Allegheny Energy, now known as First Energy.

Brenda Fink

Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2020

Phone: 412-268-1770

Email: bfink@andrew.cmu.edu

Prior to joining CMU in December 2013, Brenda worked as the Director of Internal Audit and as Program Manager of Information Technologies at Port Authority of Allegheny County.  She also worked in the areas of law and procurement.  Brenda received a MBA and Masters Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Duquesne University.

Kristen Jackson

Subcontract Officer

Office: WQED 2015

Phone: 412-268-9527

Email: kristenr@andrew.cmu.edu

Kristen has worked in OSP since 2007.  She currently is responsible for issuing Subcontracts and Professional Service Agreements under both Federal and Non-Federal grants and contracts.  Prior to her role as Subcontracts Administrator, Kristen was a Senior Pre-Award Administrator and oversaw the federal proposal submission process as well as federal pre-award administration.  Kristen has a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Slippery Rock University.

John Porco

Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2019

Phone: 412-268-1195

Email: jporco@andrew.cmu.edu

John works on a variety of agreements for the University, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and Data Use Agreements.  John joined the OSP in October, 2013.

Julia Sobol

Contracts Officer

Office: WQED 2018

Phone: 412-268-2812

Email: sobolj@cmu.edu

Julia joined OSP in August 2013.  Julia's main responsibility is to review, negotiate, and execute Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA's) for the university.  Prior to joining CMU, Julia managed in-house legal and compliance matters for a nonprofit policy and grant-making institute in New York.

A Jeffrey Abels

Research Systems Administrator

Office: WQED 1024

Phone: 412-268-7296

Email: abelsaj@andrew.cmu.edu

Jeff Abels, a member of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) since 2007, left his role as subcontracts administrator in the Spring of 2013 to lead OSP in the implementation of Carnegie Mellon University's new Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance System (SPARCS) electronic system. Jeff has been involved with academic research administration for over 18 years including holding positions in pre- and post-award central administration as well as acting as a campus business manager.  Jeff received his graduate degree from the Heinz College in the Spring of 2013.

Roger DeFurio

SPARCS Training & Communication Specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Office: 1021 WQED Building

Phone: 412-268-5104

Email: rdefurio@andrew.cmu.edu

Roger joined CMU in December 2014 to provide training and communication for the SPARCS software implementation. Prior to joining the team, Roger worked for LG Electronics for over 10 years providing training and technical support to consumers and retailers throughout the United States. Roger is a recent transplant to Pittsburgh area moving from the north Alabama area.  He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee.