Sitting in a circle with Asst. Prof. Allison Squires, students and postdocs in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) asked the faculty member everything from specifics about her research to what she thinks is the most influential fiction book.
The event was the first in a series of meet-and-greet lunches, where students and postdocs were invited to learn about new faculty, their backgrounds, their research, and their interests beyond engineering. Lunches are planned for most of the new assistant professors who joined Pritzker Molecular Engineering during the 2019-2020 academic year, bringing the total number of PME faculty to 40.
The lunch meet-and-greets are part of PME’s efforts to facilitate engagement and collaboration among students, postdocs and faculty.
“I think events like this are great opportunities to really learn about the new professors in the PME community,” said PhD student Taylor Gray. “I was particularly interested in meeting Professor Squires because I like learning about how other women in engineering have successfully navigated the academic environment.”