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BNC Leadership

Erica Cox

Business Manager

Phone: 765-494-1619

Ali Shakouri

Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone: 765-494-6105
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Dimitrios Peroulis

Deputy Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Mechanical Engineering (courtesy)

Phone: 765-494-3491
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John Weaver

Strategic Facilities Officer

Phone: 765-494-5494

John has responsibility for the facility infrastructure, safety, and strategy. His principal goal is to enable research and innovation in the BNC while operating in a safe, efficient manner. John has a B.S. in Chemistry from Adrian College, and 35 years of industrial experience in the design, construction, and operation of cleanrooms and other clean facilities. Beginning his career with RCA Corporation, he has worked for Hughes Aircraft Company and Delphi Electronics and Safety. He has been at Purdue since 2000 on assignment from Delphi and since 2006 as a Purdue employee.

Ron Reger

Engineering Manager

Phone: 765-494-6667

Ron has overall responsibility for the Process and Equipment Engineering group at the Birck Nanotechnology Center. His principal goal is to ensure that leading edge, state-of-the-art processes and technologies are characterized and available to the researchers within the facility. Ron has a BS in Physics and Math from Ball State University, and an MS in Physics from Purdue University. He has 30 years of industrial experience at Delphi Electronics and Safety that includes managing wafer fab design & construction, and semiconductor process development. Ron also has held engineering leadership positions in advanced engineering and automotive product design and development. He joined Purdue in 2008.

Stephen Jurss

Safety Officer


Stephen has responsibility for all aspects of safety of the facility. This responsibility includes process gas system surveillance, biological safety, chemical handling safety, and research process oversight. Given the diverse nature of the areas of research, his goal is to implement new and novel approaches related to laboratory safety to accommodate research in an efficient and safe manner. Stephen has a B.S. in Health Science, specifically in the field of Industrial Hygiene and 23 years of environmental, health, and safety experience. He is currently board certified in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety. Stephen began his career as an OSHA compliance officer with the Indiana Department of Labor, moving to PurdueÕs Office of Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) for 20 years. He has been involved with the Birck Nanotechnology Center since its conceptual stages, first on assignment from REM and currently as a member of the BNC staff.

Mark Voorhis

Building Manager

Phone: 765-494-3036

Mark has responsibility for the overall operation of the building and its support systems. This includes everything from the environmental control within the facility to monitoring critical building operations. He also works very closely with the PUPF maintenance organization in overseeing both planned maintenance and repair activities. Mark also is coordinating the move and installation of equipment in the facility. MarkÕs principal goal is to make the operation of the facility transparent to the researchers, enabling them to achieve preeminence in their results. Mark has an A.S. in EET from Purdue, and 23 years of industrial experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of cleanroom facilities. Mark has managed semiconductor process equipment and facility operations in Round Rock, Texas, and Kokomo, Indiana, facilities of DuPont Photomask, Inc. He joined Purdue in 2004.

Jaime Turner

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Birck

Phone: 765-494-3509