Alumni and Industry Day

September 17, 2021


All events located at David Rubenstein Forum, 1201 E 60th St, unless otherwise specified
All events listed in CDT


Immunoengineering morning program

9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Theme schedule

Materials Systems for Sustainability and Health

Materials systems for sustainability and health morning program

9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Theme schedule

Quantum Engineering

Quantum engineering morning program

9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Theme schedule


12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, City View Room and University Rooms A-B

For virtual attendees: Enjoy a sneak peek of the 20-minute episode “Superposition” from STAGE documentary series, Curiosity: The Making of a Scientist.

Conversation: Antonio Gracias and Matthew Tirrell

1 P.M. – 2 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, University Rooms A-B

Conversation between Antonio Gracias, founder, CEO, and chief investment officer at Valor Equity Partners, and Matthew Tirrell, dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.


2 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.

Alumni panel discussions

2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Alumni in industry

Rubenstein Forum, Room 504

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Wayne Delker, former executive director of the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at the University of California Berkeley and former chief innovation officer and senior vice president of R&D at Clorox, featuring:

  • David Christle, PhD’16, machine learning engineer at Cash App
  • Siqi Meng, PhD’21, research chemist at PPG Industries
  • Daniel Reid, PhD’18, software engineer at Google
  • Emre Sevgen, PhD’19, data scientist at Evozyne
  • Sam Whiteley, PhD’19, research staff scientist at HRL Laboratories, LLC

*Event is not open to media


Alumni in research and academia

Rubenstein Forum, Room 601

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Laura Niklason, PhD’88, founder, president, and CEO of Humacyte, and Nicholas Greene Professor of anesthesiology and biomedical engineering at Yale University, featuring:

  • Eun Ji Chung, assistant professor at the University of Southern California
  • Joshua Lequieu, PhD’17, assistant professor at Drexel University
  • Brittany Moser, PhD’19, postdoctoral researcher at University of California, San Francisco
  • Elyse Watkins, PhD’20, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern Medicine Department of Neurology


3:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Alumni discussions with senior faculty

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Friedman Hall

Discussions between alumni and the following faculty members:

  • Aashish Clerk, professor of molecular engineering
  • Jeffrey Hubbell, Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering
  • Paul Nealey, Brady W. Dougan Professor of Molecular Engineering 
  • Matthew Tirrell, dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

*Event is exclusive to alumni and faculty

PME 10-year anniversary research poster session

4:00 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.
Ida Noyes, Cloister Club

This event will showcase the research and communication skills of PME graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Awards will be given to presenters in the following categories: Presentation Most Relevant to Industrial Applications, Presentation Most Accessible to Non-Academic Audiences, Presentation Best Highlighting Collaboration Across Thematic Areas, Best Presentation in the Individual Thematic Areas.

PME 10-year celebration

6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, University Rooms A-B

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