Pixel Tracker

Thursday, January 17 , 2019, 5:10 am | Light Rain 60º


Ex-UCSB Dean Matthew Tirrell to Launch Chicago Institute of Molecular Engineering

After two years at UC Berkeley, leading bioengineering researcher leaving to establish new program at University of Chicago

Matthew Tirrell, former dean of UCSB’s College of Engineering, will be joining the University of Chicago as founding director of the new Institute of Molecular Engineering. He begins his new post July 1.

A leading researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, Tirrell was UCSB’s dean of engineering for 10 years and helped build the program to national prominence.

He left in 2009 to join the faculty at UC Berkeley. At Cal, he chairs the Bioengineering Department, is a professor of materials science and engineering and chemical engineering, and is a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Among Tirrell’s many honors are election to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In Chicago, Tirrell will help develop the new Institute for Molecular Engineering. Created in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, the institute is expected to explore innovative technologies from all engineering fields to solve real-world problems.

“This isn’t going to be directed narrowly toward one scientific discipline, but at creating an institute that attacks societal problems from a technological viewpoint,” Tirrell said in a statement. “Many important societal problems in energy or health care or the environment can be addressed by new molecular-level science.

“When you are trying to solve problems, you need people from different kinds of disciplines. That’s something the Institute for Molecular Engineering can create right from the beginning.”

Noozhawk publisher Bill Macfadyen can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.