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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.



Andrea Blanco
Program Assistant

Office: Technological Institute, #A173
(847) 491-3439


Andrea is responsible for managing Professor Dravid's daily schedule, appointments, and travel. She also assists the VPD lab group with purchasing, reimbursements, and website updates. 



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.


Ruari McdonnellRuari McDonnell
Senior Program Coordinator

Office: Technological Institute, #A194
(847) 491-1580

Ruari oversees external user relations for NUANCE and SHyNE, while also working with various Northwestern administrative units to ensure efficient and compliant onboarding and reporting on our external users program. Ruari also plans events, tours, and workshops for the NUANCE Center and SHyNE.

 Stephanie TorresStephanie Torres
 Financial Coordinator 

Office: Technological Institute #A193
(847) 467 - 1128


Stephanie's responsibilities include but are not limited to: financial reconciliation, contracts management, procurement, and onboarding/monitoring of external accounts. She prepares monthly account and statistical data and works with the business manager on various reporting, auditing, and budgeting practices.


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

Terri OdomProf. Teri W. Odom

Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Office: Ryan 2014; Tech K148

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