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Administration Structure
CPN is managed by a director, deputy director, associate director and a program manager:

Prof. David Goldhaber-Gordon ( )
Prof. Nick Melosh (
Maria Wang, Ph.D. (
Laraine Lietz-Lucas (


Executive Committee
It is the responsibility of the Executive Committee to advise and consult with the Center Director and Deputy Director on all issues of Center management, especially resource allocation and intellectual direction. These are the responsibilities of the Executive Committee:

  • Meet quarterly to consult with co-Directors on all Center activities, budgeting, and allocation of staff time.
  • Review seed grant proposals annually and recommend funding priorities to the Director and Deputy Director.
  • Review CPN programs twice during the five year term, with input from external reviewers, and make recommendations for discontinuing or adding Center members.

External Advisory Board
The CPN Director and Deputy Director, in consultation with CPN members and the executive committee, will appoint an External Advisory Board. The External Advisory Board will meet annually, in conjunction with the one-day Workshop on Advanced Nanoprobes. The criteria for membership on the External Board are:

  • Enthusiasm for our enterprise.
  • Intellectual and technical achievement.
  • The ability to communicate clearly
  • Commitment to the annual meeting at Stanford.
  • A fresh, outside perspective.
  • Interest in sharing their experiences with our Center students.

The External Advisory Board will advise broadly and deeply on both intellectual and management issues. They will consider such questions as:

  • What are the major challenges in pushing scanning probes to greater sensitivity and resolution?
  • What are interesting problems to tackle with scanning probes, outside the reach of current technologies?
  • How should we run our program and interact with outside institutions to maximize our impact (technologically and educationally)?
  • With whom should we be communicating outside Stanford and IBM?
  • What's succeeding in our program, and what needs revitalization or even excision?
  • What belongs in our program that isn't there yet?

Scientific Review Committee
The Director and Deputy Director will appoint an external Scientific Review Committee to review Center programs twice during the term of the Center (first review will be Fall 2006). This committee will consist of prominent scientists from several disciplines, representing academia and/or government labs, as the voices of industry will already be well-represented through the External Advisory Board.

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