Staff Bios


NairDr. Suku Nair, Associate Provost for Research, ad interim

Dr. Sukumaran Nair is a Southern Methodist University Distinguished Professor and the founding director of the AT&T Center for Virtualization at SMU. Along with these roles, he has a history of involvement across departments and programs. Namely, he is the founder of the Cyber Security program at SMU, and he was the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department from 2008 until 2016.

Dr. Nair's research interests include software-centric telecommunication networks, software-defined networks, virtualization technologies, trustworthy AI, and cyber security. He has published extensively in the area of high assurance computing and networking. His research has been supported through funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and various industry leaders including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, CAE, IBM, AT&T, and Google. Some of his recent awards include the Dallas 500 award and CIO/CTO award for Outstanding Tech Advocate from the D CEO magazine, SMU Ford Research Fellowship, IBM faculty award, and the Distinguished University Citizen award.

He received his B.S. from the University of Kerala, India in 1984, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1988 and 1990, respectively.

Sponsored Projects and Contracts

Angelita "Angie" Trevino, Director of Sponsored Projects and Contracts
Shanteria Horton photoShanteria Horton, Grant and Contract Management Specialist

Shanteria has worked as a Research Administrator for the past 10 years, starting at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Shanteria views her career as an ongoing apprenticeship that offers diverse learning experiences. She has held various titles: Clinical Data Specialist, Grant and Contracts Specialist and Pre-Award Analyst. Shanteria is on a mission to learn from and educate others, about the benefits of well-trained administrators that impact the ever-increasing world of research.

Christina Valle, Grant and Contract Management Specialist

Christina serves as a Grant and Contract Management Specialist. Christina holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Biola University. Christina brings more than 20 years of experience managing all aspects of grants from pre-award to post-award.

Research Compliance

Dr. Trang Dinh, Research Compliance Manager

Trang holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration. Trang has worked in the Research Compliance field for the past 3 years, first in Export Controls and FCOI at UT Arlington, and most recently focusing on Conflicts of Interest at Rice University. Trang’s doctoral dissertation focused on practices influencing STEM degree attainment of community college transfer students.