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MSE Operations



Amy Ricks
Phone: (949) 824-1817

Responsible for strategic initiatives, administrative operations, and management of department financial, personnel, student affairs, teaching, and research support infrastructure operations with the Department Chair

Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Payroll

Katherine Guerrero

Katherine Guerrero 
Phone: (949) 824-3786

Recruitment, hiring, retention, separation of senate and non-senate academic and staff personnel

Employee relations and Human Resources

Recruitment and onboarding management of all senate and non-senate positions

Senate and non-senate academic and staff personnel and payroll management

UC Path, payroll management and assistance; payroll reporting and reconciliation

Visa and visiting appointment coordination

Research, Facilities, Safety


Darryl Mack

Darryl Mack 
Phone: (949) 824-7753

Design, development and assisted planning of laboratory and experimental facilities and equipment

High-level MSE laboratory management and research development

Department Safety Officer

Oversight of Department-owned laboratory classes and MSE spaces

Support/repair of laboratory personnel and equipment

Student Affairs, Advising


Desiree Rios

Desiree Rios 
Phone: (949) 824-8893

General support for the undergraduate programs of MSE

Graduate programs, admissions and recruitment management for Materials Science and Engineering

Graduate student advising/counseling

Interpretation of student programs, university polices, regulations and requirements

Oversight of matters related to graduate student funding employment and curriculum

Program planning and accreditation oversight (ABET, WASC, APR)

Academic Program Manager, MRSEC

Yizhang Zhou

Yizhang Zhou 
Phone: (949) 824-7356

Serves as the Interim Assistant Director for MRSEC and other duties assigned therein.  

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Administrative Operations, Facilities

Viviana Saadalla

Viviana Saadalla 
Phone: (949) 824-1803

Infrastructure and process improvement

Administration and analysis

Responsible for the Department meeting, visitor, and event coordination

Department website maintenance, communications, social media

Manages MSE work order system, space, and key issuance operations

Provides general administrative operational support