What drew you to PME?
When I was choosing what school to join as a faculty member, I was attracted to the interdisciplinary academic setting of PME, which resonates strongly with the type of research I conduct. After I started my group in PME, my research benefited significantly from these cross-discipline partnerships and the mixed student body at PME. I am also enthusiastic about the strong collaborative atmosphere and the future-focused research directions at the school.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?
Thinking about the two and a half years I’ve been at PME, I am most proud of the expansion of my research in soft electronics interfacing with biological sciences, medical research, computing, and soft robotics. I’ve also formed a number of exciting collaborations with other divisions at UChicago.
Where do you see PME in 10 years?
PME will be a leading and unique engineering school that plays a pioneering role in all of its major research directions. I hope and believe that after another 10 years, PME will have a higher impact and more visibility in both academia and industry.
What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?
I anticipate we will shift from material-system-driven research more to the function/application-driven material research, develop new properties that can blur the boundary between synthetic materials and living biological systems, produce multi-functional materials, and see AI-assisted material discoveries.