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CBES Administration

Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES)
Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI)
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Technological Institute J235
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 467-4711


Samuel I. Stupp, Center Director
(312) 503-0807

Samuel Stupp directs all executive level of scientific activities and leads the overall management of the Center. He is the principal investigator and serves as the primary point of contact for scientific and administrative communications to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Center Deputy Director
(847) 491-7801

Monica Olvera de la Cruz brings leadership in promoting scientific partnerships and collaboration. In conjunction to being a senior investigator on the project, she works closely with the Director for Research to foster engagement with the postdoctoral fellows and graduate student community. She represents the Center Director in his absence.

Liam C. Palmer, Executive Director of Research
(847) 491-4049

Liam Palmer provides technical leadership and serves as the scientific liaison for the team. He directs the implementation of strategic actions to ensure alignment with the Center’s scientific objectives. He also coordinates all scientific highlights and technical reporting requirements.

Kathy Burgess, Senior Director of Operations and Outreach
(312) 503-3246

Kathy Burgess oversees all administrative functions and operations. She works closely with the Center Director in making decisions on personnel and resource allocation and also directs the Center’s communication and outreach initiatives.

Administrative Staff

Catie Hor, Associate Center Administrator
(312) 503-6124

Catie Hor manages financial operations, oversees research personnel appointments, and provides support for all aspects of post-award administrative activities. She serves as a primary contact for matters related to institutional and sponsor policies and procedures.

Dan Carstensen, Program Assistant
(847) 467-4711

Dan Carstensen provides administrative support for the Center. His key responsibilities include processing accounts payables and receivables, compiling routine reports, maintaining the Center's research publications, uploading website content, scheduling meetings, and maintaining databases.