Join Matthew Tirrell, founding Pritzker director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), for a look at UChicago's first engineering program. UChicago's largest new academic program since the Harris School of Public Policy in 1988, the IME will transform the way engineering is considered and taught. Created in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, the IME builds on the tradition of collaboration and cutting-edge research well established at Argonne and UChicago. At the intersection of biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and materials science, molecular engineers are making discoveries that offer opportunities to advance science, address pressing problems, and drive economic growth. The IME promises new approaches that break through seemingly intractable barriers under current technical and resource limitations.

Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, came to UChicago in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as the Arnold and Barbara Silverman professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering; professor of materials science, engineering, and chemical engineering; and a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tirrell specializes in the manipulation and measurement of the surface properties of polymers, materials that consist of long, flexible chain molecules. His work combines microscopic measurements of intermolecular forces with creation of new structures and has provided new insight into polymer properties and new materials based on self-assembly of synthetic and bio-inspired materials. Tirrell has received many honors, including election to both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Hotel Granduca
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, Texas


$20/person general admission
$10/recent graduate (College graduates of the past 10 years and professional school graduates of the past 5 years.)


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Deadline: 4/28/2013


2:00 PM-2:45 PM: Registration and reception

2:45 PM-4:00 PM: Presentation and discussion


Kelly Doody