Kim Kieras serves as program director for the Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) program. In this role, Kim is responsible for the overall program administration and day-to-day operations, including program planning and execution, admissions, recruitment, student affairs, and faculty support.
Before joining MSCAPP, Kim was senior associate director at Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation. In this role, Kim oversaw the programming, education, and operations of the Compass Deep tech accelerator and science programs. Kim’s work focused on connecting the Chicago Booth community to research-based science and technology ventures launching out of the University of Chicago. In addition to her role with the Compass accelerator, Kim supported educational and experiential programs for faculty, students, and alums interested in science and technology entrepreneurship.
Kim’s experience also extends to Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, where she oversaw a portfolio of six professional STEM master’s programs managing all operations and logistics. Kim’s oversight included program policies and procedures, budget maintenance, staffing, ensuring student satisfaction, and collectively creating and implementing best practices. In this role, she assisted in the launch of a new program, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence, where she served as lead administrator. Kim worked on the design and implementation of the program, oversaw admissions and student recruitment, advising, and worked closely with faculty and other university constituents. Through corporate outreach and engagement efforts, Kim managed the program’s professional speaker series, sourced industry partners, and solicited real-world AI use cases for practicum and Capstone projects where she facilitated student and team matches. Kim also organized and facilitated events that included training, demonstrations, and hackathons.