The Office of Research Services now has two specialists in place to provide research support to faculty members and post-doctoral researchers at UBC Okanagan.
Pierre Rondier, PhD
Rondier moved to Canada from France in 2002 to complete his Masters and PhD in Land and Urban Planning at Laval University in Quebec City, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in civil engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.
He joined the University of Montreal as Research Coordinator for the Applied Public Health Chair in Urban Interventions and Population, where he prepared grant applications, administered research projects and facilitated knowledge translation activities throughout Canada, Luxemburg and the UK. Rondier traded in his parka for lakeside living in 2016 and joined the Office of Research Services at UBC Okanagan in January 2017.
He brings 10 years of research facilitation, project management and consultancy expertise to his role as Research Support Specialist for the SSHRC portfolio. He also provides postdoc guidance and recently facilitated a Knowledge Mobilization workshop with record attendance.
A trained facilitator and born communicator, Rondier is attentive to detail and guided by the philosophy that research should be fun. True to his French roots, Rondier is also a trained pastry-chef assistant, classical pianist and expert crêpe maker.
Richard Federley, PhD
The newest addition to the Office of Research Services is a well-known and respected instructor in the Chemistry department, who is probably best known for his recent ranking with the Canadian Space Agency’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.
Federley earned his PhD in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit and spent time in Houston as a post-doctoral fellow conducting brain aneurysm research.
Simply put, Federley loves science. Full stop. He is an accomplished researcher and presenter, who has turned his passion towards helping others succeed. His insatiable curiosity and genuine interest in what others are doing, make him the perfect guide and mentor for the breadth of research being conducted on the UBC Okanagan campus.
Federley is responsible for the NSERC portfolio in his new role as Research Support Specialist. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is living out his dream here in the Okanagan. He also recently took top prize for individual achievement at the 2017 Staff and Faculty Sports Day, proving his ability to succeed at everything from neuroscience to the three-legged race.