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Rebecca Milczarek, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Office of Research Development


Building & Room:

310 AOB


1737 West Polk Street, Suite 310 Chicago, IL 60612


Dr. Rebecca Milczarek is Assistant Director of Research Development. In this role, she assists with the identification, development, preparation and submission of research grants; acts as a research development resource to faculty pursuing external funding to advance the university’s research portfolio; and coordinates both individual grant-seeking efforts and larger team-based research proposal initiatives.

Prior to joining UIC, Rebecca was a Research Agricultural Engineer/Lead Scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). At the USDA-ARS Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit in Albany, California, she provided technical leadership to a team of Ph.D. scientists, M.S. technicians, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scientists on a Federally-funded food process engineering research project, with a focus on improving the environmental sustainability of the processing of specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, and nuts). She also led several related grant-funded research projects and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), collaborating with academic and industry partners, respectively, on these projects.

Rebecca holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering (Major: Food Process Engineering, Minor: Statistics) from the University of California, Davis.