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ICES Hires New Manager for ICES and PA-Based Programs

Article Posted On 12/6/2013

This fall, ICES welcomes Colleen Mantini as the new program manager for the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems. Colleen brings to this position extensive experience in project management and state government relations for non-profit organizations, including UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

In this position, Colleen will be developing and supporting ICES projects and strategies from proposal to completion. She will be supporting the continued development of all ICES research centers and supporting the research center directors. She will organize, promote, and manage related events, including symposia, seminar series, retreats, and meetings. Also, she will be managing the coordination and production of internal RFPs, promotional materials, and metrics for ICES' economic development programs with state and federal agencies, including the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) and the Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) program.

"Colleen's prior experience with both the research and legislative communities will be invaluable to ICES, PITA and RAMP," said Matt Sanfilippo, senior executive director for College of Engineering Research Initiatives. "She is a natural fit for managing these programs."

For the past 8.5 years, Colleen served as the director of commonwealth relations for UPMC and managed UPMC's multi-faceted state government relations agenda. Specifically, she identified funding opportunities for capital and operating projects and implemented successful strategies to obtain state aid. Previously, she was the manager of communications and legislative services at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. In that capacity she was responsible for state and federal government relations activities related to the Institute's research and clinical funding. She also participated in the organization of a statewide coalition which succeeded creating the Commonwealth's CURE program and devoted 20 percent of Pennsylvania's Tobacco Settlement funds to health research. Colleen earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Pittsburgh.