With the naming of Matthew Tirrell as Pritzker Director in 2011, the institute is in the process of recruiting research theme leaders, senior faculty who will play an integral role in shaping the institute’s work. The institute also benefits from the input of internal and external advisory boards.
Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, is the founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering.
Dr. Feng serves a key leadership role in planning, coordinating, and directing broad and complex financial, operational and management functions at the Institute as well as acting as a high-level interface between the institute, its partners, and industry.
Rovana Popoff serves the IME as the Associate Dean for Education and Governance. In this capacity, she is the chief staff person for educational programs and student affairs. Among her other responsibilities, Rovana also works with the IME Visiting Committee.
David Awschalom is the position Deputy Director for Space, Infrastructure and Facilities. This position is responsible for advocating and advancing IME’s interests in space allocation, both in the current space assigned to it, as well as for participation in planning new space to be built for the benefit of IME. In addition, this position is responsible for IME’s computing and other research facilities, including the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility.
Juan de Pable is the Deputy Director for Education and Outreach, responsible for all educational matters, in addition to his current duties as director of graduate studies.
Jeffrey Hubbell is the Deputy Director for Faculty and Staff Affairs. In this role, he is responsible for many aspects of the structure, recruiting, training and professional advancement of our staff, as well as for faculty affairs such as annual reviews, promotion and tenure, award nominations and other related matters. Our HR management team will report to Jeff in this capacity.