Pat Stayton accepts appointment extension as MolES Director

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I'm pleased to announce that Pat Stayton, Director of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute (MoIES) and Distinguished Career Professor of Bioengineering, has accepted our offer to extend his appointment as MolES Director for an additional five years.

MolES has grown significantly under Pat's leadership and has had a great impact on the college and the university.  The Institute was founded in 2011 and under Pat's direction has grown to include nearly 120 faculty members. It also successfully integrated the Center for Nanotechnology into its operations, unified several research centers under its new Molecular Analysis Facility, and established an independent Ph.D. program in molecular engineering. MolES brings together faculty teams and research centers across the College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and UW Medicine to develop solutions for major societal challenges in the areas of healthcare, energy, clean technology and biotechnology and provides dedicated space for research collaboration and shared instrumentation.  MolES serves as the home for the advanced materials for energy team now at the core of the Clean Energy Institute.

Pat has worked hard over these last five years to advance MolES and is taking a well-deserved sabbatical until September 2016.  In the interim, I'm happy to announce that Suzie Pun, Robert F. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of MolES.  Suzie has been involved with MolES since its founding, serving on MolES research teams, helping establish the third floor biotech collaboratory, and hosting seminars and events, recently co-chairing the 13th International Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium at the UW with Pat.  She is uniquely qualified to lead MolES.  Her appointment is effective immediately and she will serve in this role until September 15, 2016.

I look forward to working with both Suzie and Pat in the coming years as we continue to advance molecular engineering and science.

Best regards,

Mike Bragg
Dean of the College of Engineering & Chair of the MolES Administrative Oversight Committee