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.
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 Pablo 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 Development.
James L. Skinner is the Deputy Director for Faculty Affairs. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing faculty searches, appointments, mentoring, tenure and promotions, and for facilitating faculty award nominations.
Sharon 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.
Carolyn Williams Meza is the IME's Senior Assocate Dean and Chief of Staff and serves as the lead administrative staff person on the Director's administrative team, ensuring day-to-day operations, high priority projects and initiatives are effectively and efficiently managed.
Rovana Popoff serves the IME as the Senior Associate Dean and as the Acting Dean of Students. In this capacity, she is the chief staff person for academic and educational programs. She also leads in the area of student affairs. Among her other responsibilities, Rovana coordinates the IME Advisory Council and works closely with Dean Tirrell in strategic planning for IME growth and development.