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Reilly Lectureship - Lecture 2: Building an Institute for Engineering Innovation


2/6/2013 at 3:30PM


2/6/2013 at 4:45PM


Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall


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Edward Maginn

Edward Maginn

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Department Chair
College of Engineering Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
The research in our group focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the link between the physical properties of materials and their chemical constitution. Much of our work is devoted to applications related to energy and the environment. The main tool we use is molecular simulation. In ...
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The University of Chicago has launched a new approach to engineering research and education known as the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME). A faculty initially of 25 members is being assembled spanning the set of engineering expertise needed to do engineering from the molecular level up: synthesis of materials, fabrication and processing, computational modeling, manipulating and mimicking biology, imaging and other tools for “seeing” at the molecular level. The most innovative aspect of his program is to create a new model for an engineering program that transcends disciplinary boundaries from the outset. It is called an institute because it has the character of an interdisciplinary research institute, but also the autonomy and authority of an academic unit to hire its own faculty reporting to the provost of the university. Thus, IME will have the size of a department, the status of a school and the style and spirit of a research institute. The progress and prognosis for the development of IME will be described.

Seminar Speaker:

Matthew Tirrell

Matthew Tirrell

University of Chicago

Matthew Tirrell is the Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and Senior Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. Tirrell received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern and a Ph.D. in 1977 in Polymer Science at the University of Massachusetts. From 1977-1999, he was on the faculty of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota; he served as head from 1995-99. From 1999-2009, Tirrell was Dean of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials at UC Santa Barbara. From 2009-11, Tirrell was chair of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Research has been in polymer surface properties, adsorption, adhesion, surface treatment, friction, lubrication, biocompatibility and self-assembly. Co-author of 300+ papers and one book, he has supervised about 80 Ph.D. students and 40 postdocs. Tirrell has held Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships, been a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, has received the Colburn, Stine, Walker, Professional Progress, and Institute Lecturer Awards from AIChE. Tirrell received the 2012 Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society. He is a member of the NAE, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Indian NAE, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the AAAS, and the APS. He is advisor to several companies, both multi-national and start-up, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

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