Matthew Tirrell, dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Distinguished Service Professor in PME, has announced he plans to transition out of his role as dean on Sept. 1, 2023.
“Matt has been a visionary leader, recruiting and enabling a generation of University of Chicago faculty as they have shaped and defined the new field of molecular engineering,” said President Paul Alivisatos. “I am thankful to him for his deep commitment to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and for his many impactful contributions to the University of Chicago.”
Tirrell has led the University’s molecular engineering program since its inception in 2011, first as the Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering. In 2019, PME became the first school in the nation dedicated to the field. Tirrell built the PME faculty, comprising 33 primary appointments and 10 secondary appointments, organized into three engineering research themes: immunoengineering, quantum engineering, and materials for sustainability and health, as well as a theme in arts, science, and technology.
Under Tirrell’s leadership, more than a dozen multi-investigator research collaborations have been founded with PME as the leader or a central participant. Among these are the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design, the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center. He has played a significant role in increasing cooperation between the University and Argonne National Laboratory, where he is a senior scientist, has a Department of Energy-funded project, and has served as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology. He also helped PME develop numerous productive international relationships, including with Ben-Gurion University (Israel), Humboldt University (Germany), Zhejiang University (China) and Tohoku University (Japan).