Danna Smith

  • eRA Systems Coordinator
  • Webmaster
Office of Sponsored Programs
110 Technology Center Building University Park, PA 16802
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Danna serves the Penn State research administration community with a broad focus on electronic research administration (eRA) systems. She assists users throughout the university with questions and concerns, and also maintains hundreds of UserIDs and Passwords for OSP. Danna also plays an important role in pulling together the logistics of professional development opportunities that are offered to Penn State’s research community. Danna is OSP’s webmaster and also assists the Director of OSP with the Delegated Signature Authority MOU process. She also processes expedited Core Facility ARSOs and manages multiple research community listservs. In addition, Danna serves as the Chair of the eRA Systems Committees and is a member of the Website Committee.

In 1994, Danna started her career at Penn State in the College of Engineering Training Lab, where she trained faculty and staff on the various Microsoft Office platforms. From there, she moved into research administration where she worked in the College of Engineering Research Office and then on to Outreach. Danna has been with OSP since 2011.