A native of Lexington, Eric Asetta began his career in research administration at Harvard University’s Office for Sponsored Programs in 2001. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the Research Support Coordinator for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, before joining the newly established School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard (SEAS) in 2007. His most recent position at SEAS was as Assistant Director of Research Administration.
While at SEAS, Eric helped to develop an infrastructure that enabled the nascent Research Administration Office (RAO) to support the development and management of researchers’ sponsored funding portfolios. With steady growth in research funding expenditures from 2007 onwards, the Research Administration Office worked tirelessly to facilitate new endeavors and collaborations, all while fostering a culture of compliance and adherence to University and sponsor guidelines. Eric also spearheaded and co-developed numerous training initiatives and training materials in research administration for colleagues, School staff and faculty, and University administrators, including the Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) Foundations program.
Eric earned his B.A. in English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and holds an M.A. in Government from the Harvard University Extension School.