Message from the Dean

When the University of Chicago approached me in 2011 with the plan for a new molecular engineering program, I was strongly and immediately drawn to the vision outlined in the proposal. It was an opportunity to build not only the first engineering program at the University, but the first program of its kind in the world.

By bringing together scientists and engineers around clear goals – our themes – we are addressing some of the most significant issues facing the world today, such as water scarcity, information security, healthcare, and sustainable energy.

Our educational programs transcend traditional boundaries, providing students with knowledge that spans multiple disciplines. We bring together physics, chemistry, computational techniques, electrical engineering, materials science, and more – all in one setting. Our students graduate equipped to develop holistic, creative solutions to technological issues of global significance.

We have also helped strengthen the relationship between the University and Argonne National Laboratory, which has led to a powerful combination of research strengths crucial to a new generation of scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.

As our program continues to grow, we plan to deepen and broaden our efforts in current thematic areas, and to identify additional areas of global significance where we could make a distinct and meaningful impact.

I invite you to learn more about the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and the work we’re doing to develop solutions to problems that have a profound effect on humanity and quality of life.

Matthew Tirrell
Dean of Pritzker Molecular Engineering