As Associate Director for Administration, Jenny Hackel leads purchasing, human resources, property control, accounting, research administration and contracts support at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC). She provides guidance to more than 40 multi-disciplinary principal investigators in a sponsored research environment that includes government, industry, academic and international partners. Prior to her role as associate director, she served as a research administrator at SSEC. She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. In addition, she has earned her Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification, is a graduate of the CACUBO Collegiate Management Institute and serves as peer mentor for other UW–Madison center administrators.