Felix Lu joined the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering in August 2018 as director of corporate engagement. His main focus is to build relationships, increase awareness, and generally serve as a concierge with companies so that they can more easily tap into university resources. Prior to his current position at the University of Chicago, he served as the co-director of the Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, and assistant director for industry outreach at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Grainger Institute for Engineering, as well as teaching several electrical engineering courses. Prior to that, he worked at Duke University as a research scientist and co-founded a high technology startup company in Durham, North Carolina, focused on the system-integration of a high performance MEMS-based laser beam steering system for quantum computing applications leveraging federal funding sources. His first job out of graduate school was at the Boeing satellite development center in El Segundo, California, working the reliability of microelectronics devices (Si, SiGe, III-V materials) and device/materials applications robustness. Lu obtained his PhD in electronic materials science from the University of California at San Diego in 2004.
Lu encourages companies to explore opportunities with the university at their appropriate comfort level. These include low-commitment gateway projects such as senior design projects, attending open house events (FORUM), exploring instrumentation facilities that are available to industry, and tapping student/faculty consultants for small projects.
Lu can connect you to the appropriate expertise on campus, and also help you narrow down the scope of your projects and questions. Feel free to ask him any questions about how you can enhance your innovation efforts at your company.