Victoria Birk Hill

Victoria Birk Hill is a seasoned marketing communications professional and has been working with Diran and the rest of the ACRC team since 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and her areas of expertise include websites, digital marketing, strategic planning, media planning, events, writing, PR, email marketing, research and social media.

Amy Ricks

As department chief of staff, Amy Ricks is responsible for strategic initiatives, administrative operations, and management of financial, personnel, student affairs, teaching, and research support infrastructure operations in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Darryl Mack

Darryl Mack performs high-level MSE laboratory management: designs, develops, and assists in laboratory support of personnel and equipment. Provides technical support and expertise in research when applicable. Oversees maintenance and management of MSE spaces, and laboratory renovations. Serves as department Safety Officer.

Ephie Bakou

As a Senior Research Administrator, Ephie Bakou is overseeing the center’s finances and interacts with ACRC’s industrial members. Her expertise lies within the financial management and administration of multi-facet facilities in academic environments with experience in pre and post-award accounting activities for federal and nonfederal sponsors. She also serves as ACRC’s primary liaison with UCI’s accounting, purchasing, and other business operations related offices.

Don Fruta

Don Fruta is an Admin Officer 2 supporting ACRC and the Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI) at UCI. Performs website maintenance, assists in RapidTech and FAB Works labs, and handles procurement requests and administrative functions of the department.

Carol Garofoli

Carol Garofoli has worked with Diran since 1990, first as Assistant to the Provost, and then as Director of Operations at the Metal Processing Institute at WPI. Currently, she works with ACRC as a consultant, assisting the center during its transition from WPI to UCI. Carol is an invaluable member of the team. She has over 45 years of experience in academic administration and holds a B.S. in Business Management from Worcester State University, as well as an MBA from Assumption College.