At the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, a core leadership team manages our operations and academic affairs. Deans and directors work together to promote Pritzker Molecular Engineering’s (PME) values and fulfill our mission. You can learn more about PME leadership below.

  • Dean Matthew Tirrell

  • Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, is Dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

  • Deputy Director for Space, Infrastructure, and Facilities David Awschalom

  • David Awschalom is the position Deputy Director for Space, Infrastructure and Facilities. This position is responsible for advocating and advancing PME’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 PME. In addition, this position is responsible for PME’s computing and other research facilities, including the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility.

  • Deputy Director for Education and Outreach Paul Nealey

  • Paul Nealey manages both undergraduate and graduate educational matters at PME. As the Brady W. Dougan Professor in Molecular Engineering, he leads research in patterning organic materials and directed self-assembly.

  • Deputy Director for Faculty Affairs James L. Skinner

  • 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.

  • Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Students Rovana Popoff

  • Rovana Popoff supports graduate students in their academic engagement and progress, as well as oversees PME’s community outreach efforts. She also coordinates PME’s advisory council and works closely with Dean Tirrell on strategic planning.

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