Faculty committee recommends a formal program in molecular engineering
A faculty committee, chaired by Prof. Steven J. Sibener and convened by President Robert J. Zimmer and then-Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum, finds multiple compelling reasons for the creation of a molecular engineering program.
University Senate, Board of Trustees endorse creation of Institute for Molecular Engineering
After two ad hoc committees chaired by Prof. Sibener and one external committee chaired by Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, endorse a molecular engineering program, the Council of the University Senate votes to create the then-Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) and the Board of Trustees endorses the vote.
Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, joins then-IME as its founding director, forging the way for a new kind of engineering program.