The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology in order to innovate across a wide range of areas, including energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices. Molecular engineers build new materials or objects from the molecule up and even create new molecules that do not exist in nature. The Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering will provide an overview of the basic components of engineering – design principles, modeling, and optimization – and how they are applied at the molecular level to address real-world problems. Students will learn how to optimize molecules by following the engineering processes used by scientists with the Institute for Molecular Engineering in their research. They will spend their mornings in lectures and discussions with faculty and researchers at the university and their afternoons completing group-based projects in labs overseen by faculty and graduate student TAs. The TAs will also conduct occasional evening tutoring sessions. A computation unit will provide students with the opportunity to use super computers and create models, which will inform their optimization efforts, at the university's Research Computing Center. Students will also get the chance to tour Argonne National Labs and hear about the research being done there in areas that include nanofabrication and quantum mechanics. Overall, the Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering will lead participants beyond the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines and to the intersection of physical, chemical, computational, and engineering sciences – the forefront of technological problem-solving. Armed with this intersectional thinking, students will leave the Pathway Program in Molecular Engineering able to engage in the lateral, multi-disciplinary thinking that is needed to solve some of the most fundamental problems facing society today.
We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session.
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