Nanotechnology-related research at Rice University involves 151 faculty members spanning 21 departments. The Smalley Institute actively supports the faculty members and department through several Centers and Components dedicated to advancing nanotechnology in both the scientific and societal arenas. The Administrative Staff under the direction of Dr. Daniel M. Mittleman,Interim Faculty Director, plans and executes a variety of nanotechnology initiatives, oversees the day-to-day operations, and maps the strategic plans for the Smalley Institute.
Dr. Daniel M. Mittleman, Interim Faculty Director
Dr. Daniel M. Mittleman is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice, working in the research area of terahertz science and technology. As Interim Director of the Smalley Institute, Prof. Mittleman is responsible for maintaining the vision and direction needed to achieve the Institute's short and long-term goals, ensuring effective execution of the Institute's initiatives and promoting the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and components that comprise the Smalley Institute.
Among his many achievements, Prof. Mittleman is Faculty Director of LANCER (The Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University), which pursues discovery in nanotechnology that is relevant to Lockheed Martin’s technology future. Dan has also been involved with undergraduate research internships in nanotechnology as a co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation grant that enabled Rice to expand its summer NanoJapan program. Within his own discipline, Dr. Mittleman’s significant research contributions to terahertz radiation imaging, sensing and spectroscopy were acknowledged by his peers, who selected him as a 2011 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Prof. Mittleman joined the Rice faculty in 1996 after working at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories. He received a Bachelor of Science in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from the University of California-Berkeley. He is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America.
John Marsh, Operations Director
As Operations Director, John Marsh assists the Smalley Institute Director and Principal Investigators with project management, grant applications, white papers, informational brochures, educational and outreach initiatives, and communications with government and private industry partners. John also works with local, regional, state, and national entities to foster economic development and employment in nanotechnology.
John Marsh received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Southern Methodist University and Master in Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin. John came to Rice University from the Information Technology industry, where he managed strategic alliances, channel sales, and product management for companies like Compaq, Trend Micro, and Secuware. John first became involved with Nanotechnology in 2001 and 2002 while volunteering with the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas. Through this volunteer position, he connected with the Smalley Institute. John now focuses on launching several initiatives with private industry, including LANCER – the Nanotechnology Center with Lockheed Martin.
Christopher Rodriguez, Sr. Department Administrator
Ginny Whitaker, Development Coordinator
Stacy Huet, Institute Coordinator