The Promise of Molecular Engineering

At the intersection of biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and materials science, molecular engineers are making discoveries that offer unprecedented opportunities to advance science, solve pressing problems, and drive economic growth. This emerging field promises completely new approaches that break through barriers that seem intractable under current technical and resource limitations.


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Event Details

Join Matt Tirrell, founding director of the University's Institute for Molecular Engineering, as he discusses the frontiers of this new science and how this exciting new undertaking at Chicago can transform the way engineering is considered and taught. This will be Professor Tirrell's first talk for an alumni audience. He comes to UChicago from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as the Arnold and Barbara Silverman professor and chair of the department of bioengineering and professor of materials science and engineering.

Members of the Chicago Society, Harper Society, or Phoenix Society, and one guest, are welcome to attend free of charge when registering in advance. To take advantage of this benefit, or to request more information, please email with your name, the name of your guest, and your contact information.


$20/person general admission

$10/person for young alumni (Young alumni are College graduates of the past 10 years and professional school graduates of the past 5 years.)

Includes program and reception


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Register By Phone: 773.702.7788

Deadline: 5/6/2012


Harper Lectures 


Other Information

This lecture is part of the Harper Lecture series offered to the University community across the country and around the world by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Named for the University's first President, William Rainey Harper, the series carries on his vision of broadly accessible and innovative education. For more information about educational opportunities (including study trips, online resources, and more), visit the alumni education resources page on the Alumni and Friends website.