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NUANCE Organization Structure

NUANCE Center Administrative Staff


Prof. Vinayak P. Dravid
NUANCE Center Director; Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Office: Technological Institute, #A191
(847) 467-1363


Vinayak Dravid is the founding director of the NUANCE Center, an award-winning microscopy and surface science research facility used annually by hundreds of researchers from across myriad scientific fields.  He provides leadership of the NUANCE Center: in addition to leading his own active research group. He oversees the administrative and technical functions of the Center.



Katy Dean
Outreach Coordinator

Office: Technological Institute, #A194
(847) 467-3144


Katy coordinates NUANCE's outreach activities and online presence. She is the point person for NUANCE’s many events, workshops, lectures and tours in addition to managing NUANCE's website, social media, and video platforms.


Roberto dos Reis

Dr. Roberto dos Reis
Research Assistant Professor / Scientific Officer - Dravid Group

Office: Technological Institute, #AG90
(847) 467-0105


Roberto provides consulting to NUANCE users in the area of (S)TEM imaging, spectroscopy, and data analysis. He provides support for quantitative analysis of micrographs to bridge the gap between data acquisition and theoretical systems.



Chad Goeser
Associate Center Administrator

Office: Technological Institute, #A195
(847) 467-2318


Chad manages NUANCE business operations, including: appointment, payroll & visa processing, billing, budgeting, equipment purchasing and administering facilities maintenance. He works with various Northwestern administrative units on all aspects of operational analysis and reporting.


RuariRuari McDonnell
Program Assistant

Office: Technological Institute #A173
(847) 491-1580

Ruari is the point person for all scheduling requests for the Director of NUANCE.  In addition, she manages all facets of purchasing for the NUANCE center.


Lourdes Vazquez

Lourdes Vazquez
Program Administrator

Office: Technological Institute, #A193
(847) 491-7795


Lourdes provides primary administrative support to the Director of NUANCE, managing communication between the Director and various constituents to build and maintain local, national, and international relationships.

NUANCE Center Advisory Committee

Prof. Oluwaseyi Balogun Prof. Oluwaseyi Balogun

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Office: 2137 N. Tech Drive, Catalysis 325
email / (847) 491-3054


NG PicProf. Nathan Gianneschi

Jacob & Rosaline Cohn Professor of Chemistry
Associate Director, International Institute For Nanotechnology

Office: Technological Institute #J131
email / (847) 491-2105

HersamProf. Mark C. Hersam
Bette and Neison Harris Chair in Teaching Excellence
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Materials Research Science and Engineering (MRSEC)

Office: Cook Hall, #1017A
email / (847) 491-2696

VoorheesProf. Peter Voorhees

Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
Chair of Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Director, CHiMaD

Office: 2220 Campus Drive, Cook Hall 2036

emily weissProf. Emily Weiss

Mark and Nancy Ratner Professor of Chemistry, Professor Of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy), Director Photo-Sciences Research Center (PSRC)

Office: Technological Institute, K330
email / (847)491-3095