Picture of James Hayward - With Puppy

As the Administrative Director, James leads the IRSO team and assumes managerial and financial accountability for all IRSO component centers, including support for the administrative functions of their programs and outreach efforts. Having previously held a series of executive-level administrative positions across eight years at Imperial College London, James began at Rice as a Research Administrator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in December 2018 and joined IRSO in September 2020. James holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and a post-graduate certification in Sustainable Development. He grew up in Bournemouth, a large coastal town on the South coast of England. Outside of the office James enjoys spending time with his wife & his two dogs, following international cricket, and developing his emergent appreciation for baseball.


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