The Leadership Team

 Sara Wadia-Fascetti icon  Jacqueline Isaacs  Graham Jones icon  Nadine Aubry  Murray Gibson icon

ADVANCE Leadership and Support


Sara Wadia-Fascetti, PhDSara Wadia-Fascetti icon

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
NU ADVANCE Principal Investigator & Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development

Sara Wadia-Fascetti serves as Director of the Northeastern ADVANCE program and Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development. She served previously as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement where she worked on policy development, initiatives to support faculty development and the university-wide faculty mentoring program. Professor Wadia-Fascetti has been a member of the faculty in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department since 1994. She performs research in the use of nondestructive sensing technologies for condition assessment and diagnostics on structural systems, co-directs the (VOTERS) initiative, and is a member of the Executive Committee for NSF-funded Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon – CenSSIS). She directs the NSF funded Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) site on Intelligent Diagnosis for Aging Civil Infrastructure and serves as Director of Graduate Programs in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.


Jacqueline Isaacs, PhDJacqueline Isaacs

Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Associate Director, Center for High-rate Nonamanufacturing
NU ADVANCE Co-Principal Investigator

As an Associate Director for the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), Jackie Isaacs leads the research thrust on responsible nanomanufacturing. CHN is an NSF funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), a collaborative effort among several university partners (Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, and Michigan State University) and the Boston Museum of Science. Interdisciplinary collaborations on societal implications have led to the formation of the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group (NSRG), which works to address the impact and ramifications of nanomanufacturing technology. Professor Isaacs also serves as the NU CHN Education Coordinator, for which she helps to organize educational opportunities for students at various levels of education. Within the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, her research focuses on economic and environmental assessment of nanomanufacturing processes as well as development of related educational games. She also leads an NSF-funded project to create SHORTFALL, a game for engineering students to green the automobile supply chain.


Graham B. Jones, PhDGraham Jones icon

Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Co-Director of the Barnett Institute of Chemical & Biological Analysis at Northeastern University
NU ADVANCE Co-Principal Investigator

Graham B. Jones is Professor and Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Co-Director of the Barnett Institute of Chemical & Biological Analysis at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Jones was educated in the UK, receiving BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Liverpool and the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine respectively. He then moved to the USA as a NATO fellow and conducted independent research at Harvard University with E. J. Corey, the 1990 Nobelist in chemistry. His research expertise lies at the interface of organic and medicinal chemistry, and has resulted in over 120 publications, generated in excess of $15M external funding and forged numerous collaborative partnerships with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He has been appointed to several editorial posts for scholarly scientific journals, and was awarded the DSc degree in 2006 for his contributions to medicinal chemistry. Graham has held a variety of executive positions in the academic sector both in the UK and USA, and is an adviser to the UK government Science and Industry Council.

Nadine Aubry, PhD Nadine Aubry

Dean of the College of Engineering
NU ADVANCE Co-Principal Investigator

Dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern since September of 2012, Dean Aubry came from Carnegie Mellon Uni­ver­sity, where she most recently was the Ray­mond J. Lane Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor and head of the Depart­ment of Mechan­ical Engi­neering. A widely known leader in the field of mechan­ical engi­neering, par­tic­u­larly fluid mechanics, Aubry was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engi­neering in 2011. Her ground­breaking con­tri­bu­tions to fluid dynamics also earned her the dis­tinc­tion of Fellow of the Amer­ican Society of Mechan­ical Engi­neers, the Amer­ican Phys­ical Society, the Amer­ican Insti­tute for Aero­nau­tics and Astro­nau­tics and the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Science. Aubry has held lead­er­ship roles nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. She was elected Vice Chair — to become Chair Elect and Chair — of the Amer­ican Phys­ical Society Divi­sion of Fluid Dynamics. She is a former chair of the U.S. National Com­mittee on The­o­ret­ical and Applied Mechanics — the National Research Council com­mittee that rep­re­sents the U.S. nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally in sci­en­tific mat­ters related to the field of mechanics. Dean Aubry joined the ADVANCE team in 2013.


J. Murray Gibson, PhD    Murray Gibson icon

Dean of the College of Science
NU ADVANCE Co-Principal Investigator

Dean Gibson is the founding dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University. Born and raised in Scotland, Gibson has held a range of senior academic and research positions. Most recently, he was the Director of the $1.7 billion Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. Under his direction, APS emerged as the most productive source of protein structures in the world, became the global leader in X-ray studies of materials under extreme conditions, and attained the largest number of users of any scientific facility in the USA. He has published almost 200 journal articles and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Royal Microscopical Society.  He was the 2011 Chair of the Physics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, where is also a Fellow. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Materials Research Society. Dr. Gibson joined the ADVANCE team in 2013.

Jan RinehartHead Shots

NU ADVANCE Executive Director

Jan Rinehart is Executive Director of the National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE Program at Northeastern University. As Executive Director of NU ADVANCE she works with faculty and administrators to diversify the faculty, create an equitable culture, and change institutional processes. She has over twenty years in higher education with most of her work focused on diversity in STEM fields. Prior to assuming the NU ADVANCE position, she served as Executive Director of the Rice University ADVANCE Program, the Deputy Director of the Space Engi­neering Institute, and the Director of Engineering Student Programs at Texas A&M University. She sits on External Advisory Boards for University of Maine ADVANCE, Prairie-View A&M University PAID, Louisiana Tech University PAID, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County PAID. She initiated the Women in Engineering program at Texas A&M University in 1994 and served as WEPAN (Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network) President from 2002-2003. She was awarded the WEPAN Founder’s Award in 2011, the Rice Women’s Resource Center Impact Award in 2010; the Texas A&M Enhancing Diversity Award; and the Women’s Week Outstanding Staff award. She received her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in secondary education from Abilene Christian University.

Kathleen Kenney

NU ADVANCE Program Coordinator

Kathleen Kenney is the Program Coordinator for the National Science Foundation funded ADVANCE Program at Northeastern University. She collaborates with the Executive Director and the Principal Investigators of NU ADVANCE in their efforts to diversify the faculty, create an equitable culture, and change institutional processes. Prior to joining the ADVANCE team, Kathleen worked for the Wellesley Centers for Women, a gender-focused social science research organization based at Wellesley College. Kathleen received her B.A. from Boston College in Political Science and Hispanic Studies and is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.