What we can do for you

The University of Michigan College of Engineering Associate Dean of Research office can assist with of grant proposals, papers, journals, etc. Their services range from proofreading to substantial rewrite suggestions. We have internal and external freelancers, companies, and other professionals we can connect with proposers.

If you would like the ADR office to assist with coordination and scheduling of these consultants, please fill out the support request form here or contact [email protected].

Editing Resources

ProwritingAid and Grammarly

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A key feature of Wordy’s services is to offer fair pricing for both clients and editors. We’re also working hard to make the ordering process – and the entire experience of sending off a text for proofreading – as easy and enjoyable as possible.


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Internal Resources:

Christian Casper, Editor, Writer
Technical Communications
College of Engineering

Christian is an experienced technical editor and writer with a specialty in strengthening arguments in grant proposals and research articles. He has four years of full-time experience as a technical writer in the chemical industry and over a decade of freelance writing and editing. His academic training spans chemistry, biology, English, and communication studies.

Christian Casper, [email protected]


Kate McAlpine, Senior Writer
Communications and Marketing Department
College of Engineering

Kate has experience with writing for NSF Center grants and has recently assisted with an NSF ERC proposal.  Kate is available depending on workload within the Communication & Marketing Department.


Jack Fishtrom Editor, Writer
Technical Communications Dept.
College of Engineering

Jack specializes in engineering writing and technical communication, covering the full spectrum of project documentation from inception to completion. He works with all engineering specialties, emphasizing fundamental communication principles such as information structure, language simplicity, illustrations utility, and argument thoroughness. He is also a consulting writer and editor for engineering and medical organizations, and he is a licensed attorney that works in the junction between engineering and law.

Jack Fishstrom, [email protected]


Joe Montgomery, Editor, Proofreader
Technical Communications Dept.
College of Engineering

Joe teaches technical communication and has experience editing and proofreading master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, journal articles and conference presentations, and, recently, an NSF ERC grant proposal. He can provide asynchronous document editing as well as synchronous consultations.

Joe Montgomery, [email protected] 

External Resources:

Dream Write Creative

Dream Write Creative helps you create compelling content for proposals, articles, multimedia, and even workshops or other presentations. Their writers, editors, and instructional designers can work with you from initial concept to final proofread—or any stage in between—to ensure your message is clear and compliant with style and submission requirements. They especially enjoy helping teams achieve a unified style and voice that resonates with their audience.

Hilary Kirchner, CEO – [email protected]
Website: https://www.dreamwritecreative.com/    


Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC

Our goal is to help your institution, faculty and staff to develop the skills they need to compete successfully for research funding. Although we provide editing and review services, we are not grant writers – instead, our focus is to help your institution develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals.

Check out their website.


Thara Visvanathan, Writer, Editor, Proofreader

Strong in writing content for e-learning modules, storyboarding, substantive editing, and proofreading. She is also comfortable with technical documents and interacts with authors closely during the revision process to ensure that their voice is retained as intended. She is very flexible with learning new style guides and/or software to align her editing services with project needs.

Thara Visvanathan, [email protected]

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Meet the Research Development Team

Rick Vanden Heuvel

Director, Research Development

Elaine Meinzer

Assistant Director, Research Development

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Beth Jakubowski

Research Proposal Manager

Joanne Navarre

Development Specialist