David Awschalom, Jeffrey Hubbell named to new leadership positions

Professors David Awschalom and Jeffrey Hubbell will take on new and expanded responsibilities within the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering’s (PME) executive committee. Both new roles focus on the school’s strategy for development and growth.

David Awschalom
Prof. David Awschalom

David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering, will take on additional duties as the vice dean for research and infrastructure. In this role, Awschalom will lead the eight Pritzker Molecular Engineering task forces that have been charged with developing a plan for the school’s future faculty recruitment. As part of those duties, Awschalom will oversee the recurring task force meetings and regular faculty retreats in June and August. In addition, Awschalom will continue his duties as vice dean of infrastructure, managing space allocation and broader PME facility logistics.

Jeffrey Hubbell
Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell

Jeffrey Hubbell, the Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering, will take on new duties as vice dean and executive officer. In his new role, Hubbell will help lead efforts to improve the administrative structure and functions at Pritzker Molecular Engineering. He will coordinate with Joshua Berg, senior associate dean for administration and operations; Rovana Popoff, senior associate dean for education and strategy; and Dean Matthew Tirrell, Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor. In addition, Hubbell will take principal responsibility for expanding PME’s corporate engagement initiatives and industrial partnerships.

“PME has experienced remarkable growth over its first ten years, and we’re focused on continuing that momentum into the next ten years,” said Tirrell. “David and Jeff have been instrumental in the success of PME’s development, and these new roles will help us accelerate the school’s expansion and our ability to make an impact on issues that impact humanity and quality of life.”

It was also announced that Dean Tirrell will focus his efforts on cultivating philanthropic prospects for PME, as well as growing the school’s visibility through enhanced marketing and public relations activities.