Chancellor's Office Research Department

Meet the staff who work to build partnerships systemwide at the CSU's
Office of the Chancellor, based in Long Beach.

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Ganesh Raman, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research
Phone: 562-951-4513
Dr. Raman oversees the vision, advancement and administration of the CSU's research and scholarly mission, and is a senior member of the Academic and Student Affairs administrative team. He has initiated four major efforts to enhance CSU research: mentoring faculty in writing competitive proposals; streamlining research data; cooperation between CSU and the UC systems; and a new focus on climate change. Internationally recognized for research in aeroacoustics and flow control, and founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Aeroacoustics, Dr. Raman has published over 150 scholarly articles. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Leslie​ Ponciano, Ph.D.
Director of Research Opportunities 
Phone: 562-951-8541
Dr. Ponciano oversees programmatic and administrative aspects of CSU research, scholarship and creative activities, including affinity groups and field centers. She has a strong background in academic program administration and assessment owing to prior positions as academic coordinator for UCLA’s Applied Developmental Psychology program; director of Loyola Marymount University’s Early Childhood Education master's program; fieldwork coordinator in the Department of Child/Family Studies at Cal State LA; and director of research and educational partnerships for Age of Learning/ Dr. Ponciano received her master's from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from UCLA.

Melissa Mullen​
Director of Sponsored Programs
​​Phone: 562-951-8452​
As director of Sponsored Programs for the CSU Chancellor's Office, Mullen oversees the administration of grants and contracts and leads system-wide support for research and sponsored programs related issues. She joined the CSU system in 2007 and the Chancellor​'s Office in 2019. Prior to Sponsored Programs, Mullen served in a variety of research administration capacities including Director of Sponsored Programs and Sponsored Programs Compliance Officer for the California Polytechnic State University, and Contract and Grant Manager at the University of California, Santa Bar​bara.​