Jennifer Herek is the founding Dean of the University College Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), which offers an honours-level BSc degree programme in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS). Now in its third year, with first students approaching graduation this June, ATLAS has already earned distinction as a 'Top Rated Study Programme' in the Netherlands. Jennifer obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Lawrence University in 1990 and Ph.D. in chemical physics from Caltech in 1996. She held research appointments at Lund University (Sweden) and the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amsterdam) before joining the faculty of the University of Twente in 2006 as professor of physics and chair of the Optical Sciences group, part of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology.