Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES)
Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI)
303 E. Superior Street, Lurie 11th floor
Chicago, IL 60611-3015
Samuel I. Stupp, Center Director
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
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, Director for Research
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
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.
Catie Hor, Senior Research Administrator
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
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.