The NASCENT leadership team is comprised of inter-disciplinary research and educational experts with international reputation in the area of nanotechnology. In addition to strong research capabilities in nanomanufacturing, processable materials, multi-scale modeling, and nano-enabled devices, the leadership team represents faculty members that have created over 12 start-up companies and 170 licensed patents.

NASCENT Directors

Leadership Team

  • Tricia Berry Portrait

    Tricia Berry

    Broadening Participation Director, Cockrell School of Engineering

  • Photo of Dr Borrego

    Dr. Maura Borrego

    NASCENT Education Director, Director, Center for Engineering Education, Professor, UT Austin Dept. of Mech. Eng. & Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction.

  • Photo of Lydia Contreras

    Lydia Contreras

    Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering

  • Photo of Dr Djurdjanovic

    Dr. Dragan Djurdjanovic

    NASCENT Associate Director, Associate Professor, UT Austin Dept. of Mech. Eng.

  • Lawrence Dunn Portrait

    Dr. Larry Dunn

    NASCENT Assistant Director, Industry and Innovation Programs, UT Austin

  • Photo of Risa Hartman-2020

    Risa Hartman

    NASCENT Senior Outreach Program Coordinator, MRSEC Education & Outreach Staff Director, University of Texas at Austin

  • Photo of Tyron Porter, outside

    Tyrone Porter

    Professor, UT Austin, Biomedical Engineering, Myron L. Begeman Fellowship in Engineering

  • SV Sreenivasan Portrait

    Dr. S.V. Sreenivasan

    NASCENT Director, Professor, UT Austin, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Partnership and Technology

Thrust Leadership

Process Technologies

  • Deji Akinwande Portrait

    Dr. Deji Akinwande

    NASCENT Process Technologies Thrust Co-Lead, UT-Austin, ECE

  • John Ekerdt Portrait

    Dr. John Ekerdt

    NASCENT Process Technologies Thrust Lead, Professor, UT Austin Dept. of Chem. Eng.

Metrology & Yield Enhancement

  • Steve Brueck Portrait

    Dr. Steven Brueck

    NASCENT Metrology & Yield Enhancement Thrust Lead, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico Dept. of Elec. & Comp. Eng. & Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

  • Li Shi Portrait

    Dr. Li Shi

    NASCENT Metrology & Yield Enhancement Thrust Co-Lead, Professor, UT Austin, Dept. of ME