The Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives collaborates with deans, faculty and other University leaders to shape the strategic scientific and technological direction of the University and supports its implementation through and across the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the UChicago Global Centers, and Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The office also works in close collaboration with UChicago Research.
Juan de Pablo
Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives
As the Executive Vice President for Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives, Juan de Pablo helps drive and support the expanding reach of the University’s science, technology, and innovation efforts, along with their connection to policy and industry. He identifies and shapes emerging strategic scientific and technological initiatives, and provides oversight of entrepreneurship and innovation activities at the University’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also works with faculty, deans, and administrators to build global academic partnerships and international research collaborations while overseeing the University’s international centers.
Juan de Pablo provides leadership for the University’s stewardship of two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories — Argonne and Fermilab — as institutions to advance science and technology in support of the nation’s interest. He collaborates with other leaders in research and innovation to build programs and links between and among the national laboratories and the University, as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory. Working closely with President Paul Alivisatos, he plays an essential role in the University’s partnership with the Department of Energy.
Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Larry is responsible for office-wide strategic planning and execution of strategic initiatives by increasing coordination and integration across all functional areas that fall within the Office’s oversight. Larry also plays a key role in developing a communications strategy and capacity to enhance the Office’s overall ability to serve as a strong and effective voice for the University’s research enterprise.
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Chief of Staff for National Laboratories
In her capacity as Chief of Staff for National Laboratories Fabiola (Fabi) serves as a key advisor to Juan de Pablo as he shapes and drives the National Laboratories’ vision. She supports the design, coordination and execution of strategic initiatives and operational plans in support of Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories’ mission, building strong partnerships with the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the University of Chicago leadership teams.
As Assistant Vice President for Finance, Fabi provides leadership for finance analysis, budgeting, accounting, reporting, and internal financial controls improvement for the operations under the Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives. Building collaborative relationships with the finance and leadership teams deployed in these offices, she provides guidance and resources to aid the units in the development and management of their respective strategic initiatives, operational plans, audit engagements and financial planning and reporting.
Chief of Staff for Science, Innovation, and Global Initiatives
Reporting to Executive Vice President Juan de Pablo, Heather is responsible for coordinating and managing the daily functions of the Executive Vice President, working in close collaboration with the leadership teams for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives as well as other key internal and external stakeholders. She also oversees a number of special projects as assigned by the Executive Vice President.
Heather has extensive experience working in higher education administration, providing support and guidance to faculty, students, and staff. Prior to assuming the Chief of Staff role in January 2021, Heather served as Executive Assistant and Administrative Coordinator for Faculty Affairs in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). While with the PME, Heather managed time, finances, and resources for large research groups. Heather also served as the primary point of contact for all faculty affairs matters, including faculty recruitment, faculty hiring and on-boarding, tenure and promotion, and faculty funding and award opportunities. Before joining the University of Chicago, she served in administrative roles with Loyola University Chicago, Indiana University, and Portage Township Schools in Indiana. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and completed the Elementary Certification Graduate Program at Indiana University. She also completed coursework in the Higher Education Graduate Program at Loyola University Chicago.
Assistant Vice President for Corporate Engagement
Thelma works with University stakeholders and companies to build partnerships to support and enhance the University’s missions in research and education, and to accelerate the translation of new discoveries. Prior to her current role, she directed business development and licensing for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where she managed intellectual property transactions, including licensing new university technologies to commercial partners, and enabled research collaborations with companies. Thelma has been with the University’s technology transfer office for over 14 years, and has worked with many researchers and companies to help translate innovations from the lab to the marketplace, and to build productive research relationships. She has negotiated and led transactions with a wide range of corporate partners in industries ranging from pharma to publishing. Last year, the Polsky Science and Technology team’s efforts resulted in a series of exciting translational milestones, including three company exits, a record nine startups launched from UChicago technologies, and a new record number of technology licenses and options.
Thelma holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from The University of Chicago, and received her BA in Biology and English from the University of Virginia.
Senior Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Trudy leads the Washington, D.C.-based Office of Federal Relations and represents the University in policy discussions that bear on key University activities, including research funding, student aid, and health care. She also supports faculty and students who engage in policy matters.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago in February 2013, Trudy spent 26 years on Capitol Hill, working for three U.S. Senators, including as chief of staff for Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Trudy graduated from Duke University and received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland.
Associate Vice President for National Laboratories
Tracey is accountable for strategic oversight and management of Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, including cultivating all aspects of relationship management for the laboratories’ combined $1.5B+ operating budget. She serves as the Secretary to the UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors and the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC Board of Directors, and has executive management responsibility for all Board support and programmatic and operational review functions for both Boards.
Assistant Vice President for Science
Julia leads the Science Strategy Team within the Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives to advance the University’s strategic science and technology goals. Julia works closely with faculty, deans, and other institutional leaders across campus to identify and develop strategic areas of research. The Science Strategy team enables deep, seamless collaboration between science initiatives and external partners to advance scholarship, discoveries, and technological developments at a global scale.
Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jay leads all operations of the Polsky Center and works closely with both University leadership and external partners to advance the University’s innovation and partnership strategy related to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Prior to joining Polsky, Jay was the associate vice president for the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota, where he transformed the organization into a top-rated university technology transfer office. Under his leadership, the office generated more than $560 million in revenue over 10 years, drove steady increases in licensing activity and industry-sponsored research, and supported the creation of 140 research-based spinouts resulting in 9 exits. He also served as the special assistant to the vice president for research where he worked on a variety of projects that drew upon his expertise in moving ideas and technologies to the market.
Assistant Vice President, Global Initiatives and Strategy
Katie provides leadership for UChicago Global, which provides support, funding mechanisms, and infrastructure for the University community’s global engagement through a Chicago team and centers in Beijing, Delhi, and Hong Kong, while coordinating closely with the Center in Paris. She manages existing international relationships and builds new ones with the goal of expanding the University’s global reach. She also helps ensure appropriate risk management and mitigation procedures are in place for the University’s global activity and oversees HR, finance, legal, facilities-related, and other operational requirements for the University’s overseas locations in Asia. She works with partners across campus to strengthen the institutional policy and procedures and serves as a liaison for matters relating to international operations. Katie previously served as a fundraising consultant to a range of domestic and international universities and other non-profit organizations, after spending nine years in Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree from UChicago and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.
Director of Global Communications
Peter Kujawinski leads communications efforts to increase awareness and recognition of UChicago as a leading global research university. In close collaboration with University leaders, schools and divisions, and other campus partners, he develops and implements the global communications strategy and plan to support the University’s international programs and partnerships, overseas centers and campuses, research collaborations, and global education opportunities.
Peter joins the University with a strong background in global communications strategy, media relations, international affairs, and public policy. Most recently, he led global media relations for The Kraft Heinz Co., where he significantly increased the company’s international media coverage. He also previously served as an American diplomat, in positions such as consul general in Calgary and as political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti. Earlier in his career, he was a political adviser for the U.S. mission to the United Nations and a political analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. During his overseas service, he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award twice, for reporting on French responses to terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, and for his work in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic.
Peter is also an award-winning reporter and writer whose work has been published in The New York Times and other publications and the co-author of several young adult novels. He studied public policy at École Nationale d’Administration in Paris and earned his bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown.