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Building a New Engineering Program: Why and How?

Speaker: Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago
Series: Wilhelm Lectures
Location: Maeder Hall Auditorium, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Why would an elite private university that heretofore had actively declined to have any engineering program in its 120-year history decide to start one in 2011? How has that been approached in order to achieve distinction, innovation and high quality for our students? What special assets is this new engineering program drawing on? The genesis of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago will be described with a view toward understanding what it can contribute to the realm of engineering research and education.