Scientific Conference

September 18, 2021

Agenda

All morning events will be presented via livestream only

All afternoon events will located at David Rubenstein Forum, 1201 E 60th St., as well as presented via livestream

All events listed in CDT

8:00 A.M.

Welcome remarks

8:15 A.M.

Introduction of Bindu Nair, Vanessa Chan, and Jennifer Couch

Introduction by David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering

8:25 A.M.

Fundamental research and national security: opportunities in quantum and molecular engineering

Lecture by Bindu Nair, director of basic research at the Office of Undersecretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

Q&A moderated by David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering

8:55 A.M.

Technology commercialization foresight: What universities should start doing

Lecture by Vanessa Chan, chief commercialization officer and director of the Office of Technology Transitions at the U.S. Department of Energy

Q&A moderated by Juan de Pablo, vice president for national laboratories, science strategy, innovation, and global initiatives; and Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering

9:25 A.M.

Accelerating innovations in cancer research through collaboration with the physical sciences

Lecture by Jennifer Couch, chief of the Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

Q&A moderated by Jeffrey Hubbell, Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering

9:50 A.M.

Break

10:05 A.M.

The art of building small

Lecture by Ben L. Feringa, Jacobus H. van ‘t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2016)

Introduction by Chibueze Amanchukwu, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering

10:45 A.M.

The second quantum revolution

Lecture by William D. Philips, physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997)

Introduction by Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering 

11:25 A.M.

Innovation by evolution: Bringing new chemistry to life

Lecture by Frances Arnold, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2018)

Introduction by Savas Tay, professor of molecular engineering

12:10 P.M.

Q&A with Nobel laureates

Moderated by David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor of Molecular Engineering

12:30 P.M.

Break

2:00 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Why PME?

Remarks by Tom J. Pritzker, MBA’76, JD’76, executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corp.

2:05 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Welcome remarks by Robert J. Zimmer, chancellor of the University of Chicago

2:20 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

PME 10-year celebration video

Remarks by Matthew Tirrell, dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

2:45 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Remarks by Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft

2:50 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Ten years of relationships between Argonne National Laboratory and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Presentation by Paul K. Kearns, director of Argonne National Laboratory

2:55 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Engineering the small

Lecture and Q&A with John Anderson, president of the National Academy of Engineering

3:30 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

PME faculty present key accomplishments

Presentations will be given by:

  • Aashish Clerk, professor of molecular engineering
  • Stuart Rowan, Barry L. MacLean Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise
  • Melody Swartz, William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
4:20 P.M.

Break

4:30 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Panel discussion: What justifies society’s investment in science and engineering research?

A panel discussion featuring:

  • David Axelrod, AB’76, founder and director of the Institute of Politics
  • France A. Córdova, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, and former director of the National Science Foundation
  • Walter E. Massey, president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and president emeritus of Morehouse College
  • David Rubenstein, JD’73, co-founder and co-executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group
5:15 P.M.
Rubenstein Forum, Third Floor, Friedman Hall

Closing remarks

Remarks by Juan de Pablo, vice president for national laboratories, science strategy, innovation, and global initiatives; and Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering

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