Meet Texas Tech's New Vice President for Research

Before coming to Lubbock, Joseph Heppert was the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas.

He's only been on the job for a few weeks, but Joseph Heppert has hit the ground running. Right now, he's focused on visiting with different research units across campus to identify Texas Tech's strengths. As the vice president for research, he's charged with enhancing the university's standing in research, scholarship and creative activity.

So, where is Heppert from? Why did he decide to take the job at Texas Tech? What are his long-term goals for the Office of the Vice President for Research? He answers those questions and more.

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Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research is dedicated to developing new technologies for a better world. From the study of the smallest nanoparticles to comprehensive wind power systems, from research in autism and addiction, to our pioneering work in STEM education, our researchers are finding ways to solve problems, improve lives and find new solutions to the world’s critical needs.