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Our Team

What We Do

The role of Marketing and Communications is to lead The Grainger College of Engineering in articulating our brand—creatively and consistently—as we carve out our desired position in the marketplace, attract and gain favorability with our target audiences, and move them to action.

We carry out our mission by effectively communicating the purpose and promise of our college to our key audiences, including prospective students, alumni and donors, peer faculty and researchers, and the media. 

Our Focus Areas


To innovate at the forefront of science and engineering, and serve as trusted leaders in global transformation, turning the extraordinary into everyday reality.


To deliver excellence and innovation in engineering education, in research and scholarship, and in economic development to serve our community, the State of Illinois, the nation and the world. To turn learners, no matter their origin or circumstances, into tomorrow’s socially responsible, creative and highly skilled engineering and science leaders. To discover fundamental knowledge and to engineer technological advances that revolutionize humanity’s ability to transform societies, revitalize economies, and solve global challenges.

College Marketing & Communications Office

Need help with a project? We're here to help. This is the place to start with any questions on how to develop the following:

  • Brand Identity, Messaging, and Strategy
  • News and Media Relations
  • Digital Marketing and PPC Advertising
  • Website Development and Updates
  • Email Communications
  • Print Design and Direct Mailing
  • Social Media Content and Advertising
  • Event Marketing and Design
  • Photography and Video Production

For general inquiries, please contact

View College Staff Contacts

Department & Unit Communicators

Do you have a department- or unit-specific need? Our embedded communicators around the college can help with:

  • Research News and Feature Story Writing
  • Faculty Bios, Publications, and Awards
  • Department and Unit Events
  • Academic Program Communications
  • Slide Decks / Presentations
  • Alumni Relations and Communications

View Unit Staff Contacts

College Marketing & Communications Staff

Alyssa Aiello
Associate Web Designer
James William Bell
Executive Editor
Heather Colleen Coit
Media Communications Specialist
Elizabeth Patricia Dawson
Project Manager
Laura L. Hayden
Web Services Manager
Miranda W. Holloway
Media Communications Specialist
Libby Kacich
Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
Joshua Nielsen
Associate Director of Digital Marketing
Josh Potts
Software Engineer
Leonel Ramirez
Associate Web Application Developer
James S. Vattano
Assistant Director of Visual Communications

Unit Communicators

Associate Director of Communications
Senior Director of Advancement Operations
Director of Communications
Associate Director of Marketing
Marketing & Data Management Coordinator
Associate Director of Advancement Communications
Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications
Director of Communications
Communications and Customer Relations Coordinator
Graphic Design Coordinator
Office Support Associate
Outreach Coordinator
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
Assistant Director of Graphic Design
Associate Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student Programs
Senior Coordinator of Communications & Alumni Relations
Director of Marketing and Communications
Technology Communications Specialist
Graphic Design Specialist
Assistant Director of Communications
Associate Director of Communications
Digital Media Specialist
Communications Coordinator
Assistant Director of Communications
Marketing Specialist
Associate Director of Communications
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Constituent Engagement
Senior Director of Communications & Constituent Engagement