School news: Ray interim, Ph.D. first

New interim principal at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave.

Elena Savoy is the new interim principal at Ray Elementary School. The school’s previous interim principal, Antonia Hill, took over as the interim principal at Drake Elementary School.

The Ray local school council could not decide on a permanent principal during its search this spring. The school’s incoming council members, who are all new to the council except for community member Don Willard, are expected to restart the principal selection process when they take their seats on July 1.

Since the council did not make a decision on a new school leader the current interim was asked to remain at the school until a new principal was chosen but Hill chose to go to Drake, 2710 S. Dearborn St. Savoy, who served under Hill, was appointed the interim principal position. Both Savoy and Hill began their new appointments on June 16.

First Ph.D. in molecular engineering degree given at University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave.

Paulina Rincon-Delgadillo is the first doctoral degree graduate in molecular engineering from the University of Chicago (U. of C.). A dual-degree student, Rincon-Delgadillo also received a second doctorate in electrical engineering, from Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven.

“It’s a big honor for me to be able to be the first one,” said Rincon-Delgadillo, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico.

The title of her dissertation is “Origin of defects in directed self-assembly of block copolymers using feature multiplication.” Rincon-Delgadillo helped to implement a new technique for transistor fabrication in a manufacturing environment, then tested it with different materials under a variety of processing conditions.

Her studies enabled her to present her work in the U.S., Belgium, Japan, France and Germany.

Before coming to the U. of. C., Rincon-Delgadillo received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Guadalajara, Mexico. She worked in the private sector for five years before moving to the United States for graduate study.

The U. of C. Institute for Molecular Engineering was established in 2011, with Matthew Tirrell as its founding Pritzker Director. UChicago’s Council of the University Senate authorized the Institute to begin offering the Ph.D. in molecular engineering a year ago.

Now that she has completed her studies, Rincon-Delgadillo become a full-time researcher at imec, a global consortium of semiconductor companies, where she did most of her graduate work.

Book of essays published by parent of students at Akiba-Schechter,  5235 S. Cornell Ave. 

Hyde Park resident Anette Gendler, who does communications work for Akiba-Schechter where her children attend school, published a collection of Chicago list essays with students in her memoir program at StoryStudio Chicago.

“Our Chicago,” is a book of essays written by Gendler and her students that showcase each writer’s take on the city.

Gendler, who is a literary nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine and the Bellevue Literary Review, said her essay features several Hyde Park locations.

“Our Chicago” is available on for $15.95 for the softcover version.

Compiled by Daschell M. Phillips.