Growth and sustainability are usually achieved by examining where you are, how you got there, and where you want to go. With approval from the Puerto Rico Council of Higher Education and the National Science Foundation, the Jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico established the Puerto Rico EPSCoR State Committee in 1986 as a policy making body while the UPR Resource Center for Science and Engineering (RCSE) was created to carry out the policies in pre-and-post award management, information dissemination, and other administrative activities. Since its inception in 1980 the RCSE has always promoted a mission to foster and develop research infrastructure in Puerto Rico. In 2013, changing federal research management trends gave the RCSE the opportunity to be evaluated by a special UPR commission. The commission recognized the importance of the work performed by the previous RCSE Administration and suggested recommendations to strengthen and further improve its existing research management paradigms. Being selected as the Acting Director of the RCSE is a great honor and privilege. It is not everyday that one has the opportunity to be part of a team of researchers, administrators and staff second to none. On behalf of the RCSE and myself, we look forward to working together to further improve the RCSE in serving the Jurisdiction of Puerto Rico. The RCSE is committed to increasing the transparency and compliance needed to promote efficient and effective research growth in Puerto Rico.
It is a privilege to serve the Jurisdiction and the University of Puerto Rico.
Frederick Just-Agosto, Ph. D.