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NUANCE: Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

Administrative Team

NUANCE Staff

Prof. Vinayak P. Dravid

Prof. Vinayak P. Dravid

NUANCE Center Director; Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Office: Technological Institute, #A191
Email: v-dravid@northwestern.edu
Phone: (847) 467-1363

BiographyResearch Group

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

Katy Dean

Outreach Coordinator

Office: Technological Institute, #A194
Email: kathryn.dean@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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.
Dr. Roberto dos Reis

Dr. Roberto dos Reis

Research Assistant Professor / Scientific Officer - Dravid Group

Office: Technological Institute, #AG90
Email: roberto.reis@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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

Chad Goeser

Associate Center Administrator

Office: Technological Institute, #A195
Email: chad.goeser@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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 McDonnell

Ruari McDonnell

Senior Program Coordinator

Office: Technological Institute #A194
Email: ruari.mcdonnell@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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 Torres

Stephanie Torres

Financial Coordinator

Office: Technological Institute #A193
Email: stephanie.torres@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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
Email: lourdes.vazquez@northwestern.edu
Phone: (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.