University Convergence Institutes

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Comiskey (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Chad Mirkin , Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
There are many responsibilities incumbent on the executive director of a new convergence-style center on a university campus. From inception to build-out, a wide variety of university actors, most notably faculty from disparate disciplines, have to agree on space, tools, and other resources.  They must see the benefit of pursuing resources as a team as opposed to individually.  These are significant barriers, but universities across the country are building these centers because of the research accomplishments such centers can achieve.