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Engineering is the science of solving complex technological problems and, in the case of molecular engineering, using tools and concepts that arise from the fundamentals of science at the nanoscale. The tools of engineering are important in making and translating basic discoveries in other fields into new intellectual opportunities and, sometimes, useful technologies.

Institute for Molecular Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) is founded on the principle of collaborative problem-solving, not rigid academic disciplines. It is at the forefront of an emerging field that has the potential to address fundamental problems of societal import. This exciting new field involves the incorporation of synthetic molecular building blocks into functional systems that will impact technologies from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing.

Created in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, the IME builds on the tradition of collaboration and cutting-edge research well established at Argonne and the University of Chicago. It conducts research at the intersection of chemical, electrical, mechanical, and biological engineering, as well as materials, biological, and physical sciences. The institute’s exploration of innovative technologies in nanoscale manipulation and design at a molecular scale has the potential for impact in such areas as energy, health care, and the environment.
 

Major Program in Molecular Engineering

The BS degree program in Molecular Engineering offers undergraduates a cutting-edge engineering curriculum built on a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Courses are designed to develop quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills; to introduce engineering analysis of physical, chemical, and biological systems; and to address open-ended technological questions across a spectrum of disciplines. The program will both prepare undergraduates for a wide variety of careers in technology-focused industries and position graduates for further postgraduate study in such fields as science, engineering, medicine, business, or law. The aim is to introduce invention and design, along with inquiry and discovery, as fruitful and complementary intellectual activities.

Majors are able to choose from three quantitative engineering analysis tracks: one aimed at engineering with a chemical and soft materials emphasis, one with a focus on biology, and one geared toward applied physics. The applied physics track, offered in close collaboration with the Department of Physics, is one of the first initiatives worldwide to formally educate quantum engineers at the undergraduate level. MENG 29500 Engineering Design is a 300-unit design course offered as a capstone, in which student teams spend an intensive quarter working with a faculty mentor to solve an open-ended problem, for example, analyzing chemical and biological properties of cancer cells to develop new treatment and delivery vehicles or harnessing the properties of electrons in materials to develop quantum information technologies. The course also combines technical skills with an exploration of economics, regulatory and legal issues, and ethics.

Major Program Requirements

1. A strong and broad background in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. It is imperative for a modern engineer to have a strong and broad background in the sciences. Traditional engineering disciplines have had requirements in math, chemistry, and physics for decades and many programs have evolved to require biology as well. The highly interdisciplinary nature of Molecular Engineering requires a foundation built across the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences. Students are encouraged to complete their general education requirements at the highest level for which they are prepared. This will position them better to take advantage of advanced electives and research opportunities.

As discussed in more detail below, there will be three tracks for Molecular Engineering majors: the Chemical & Soft Materials Track, the Biological Sciences Track, and the Quantum Track. Students in the first two tracks will follow precedents set by Chemistry and Biological Sciences majors in that they will likely take chemistry in year 1, physics in year 2, and follow the recommended mathematics courses in the Chemistry curriculum. Students in the quantum track will follow precedent set by Physics majors in that they will likely take physics in year 1, follow the mathematics guidelines of Physics majors, and take chemistry in year 2.

2. MENG 26030 Introduction to Engineering Analysis. One of the first courses for all Molecular Engineering majors, this course teaches students to apply mathematical methods towards solving problems that cut across multiple engineering sub-disciplines. A major objective of the course is to teach simple programming skills and computational methods in applied mathematics, including the use of engineering software such as Matlab, Mathematica, Comsol, and elements of Python. The skills that are introduced here will be further developed and strengthened throughout the rest of the curriculum.

3. Three Molecular Engineering tracks. Reflecting the research and education themes of the IME, three highly intertwined but recognizably different tracks for the major are available to students. One is aimed at preparing students oriented towards biological engineering, another is aimed toward chemical and soft materials, and the other is aimed at preparing students oriented towards engineering of quantum-based materials, devices, and processes. The latter track is offered in close collaboration with the Department of Physics. The main differences in the tracks relate to a choice between two sequences of three courses under the heading of quantitative engineering analysis and in the requirements for advanced electives.

4. MENG 29500 Engineering Design (300-unit capstone course). This “immersion” design course teaches students how to bring combinations of fundamental science and engineering together to solve open-ended and challenging engineering problems. It also serves as a vehicle to teach other equally important non-technical skills, including:

  • Problem identification: technology analysis, competitive analysis, market analysis, stakeholder analysis, product definition
  • Impact of the project, including sociological and engineering ethics
  • Project planning
  • Project economics: costs, value/investment analysis, risk analysis and adjustment
  • Prototyping, experimental design, data analysis, error analysis
  • IP: patenting, prior art, patentability
  • Legal and regulatory analysis
  • Proposing, presenting and reporting
  • Teamwork

IME faculty and fellows will propose open-ended projects for which they will serve as mentors. Students will work together in groups of three.

5. Advanced electives (3 required courses in the major). The major is offered in such a way as to allow for considerable flexibility for students to tailor their programs along individualized trajectories, with help from faculty advisors. Not only can students choose between multiple tracks, but they can further build breadth or depth through their choice of and advanced electives. Moreover, we anticipate that our students will use their general electives outside of the major requirements to strengthen their backgrounds in specific areas of interest, also in consultation with Molecular Engineering advisors, to achieve desired outcomes such as preparation for graduate school in more traditional engineering disciplines.

6. Laboratory skills and hands-on experience. Critical skills that molecular engineers must acquire as part of their educational program include the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering and the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret data. Molecular Engineering majors develop these skills through lab components associated with required courses in the physical and biological sciences, Molecular Engineering courses including MENG 26101-26102 Transport Phenomena I: Forces + Flows; Transport Phenomena II, MENG 26201-26202 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II, MENG 29500 Engineering Design, and some of the advanced electives such as MENG 27300 Polymer Physics and Engineering. We also anticipate that many Molecular Engineering students will receive advanced laboratory experience pursuing undergraduate research projects.

7. Non-technical skills. Many decades of workshops and panels engaging stakeholders in academia and industry, often associated with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), have identified criteria for outcomes of students in accredited engineering education programs. Although there is no thought of seeking ABET accreditation for the Molecular Engineering major, many ABET criteria, particularly those related to non-technological skills, are viewed as essential to incorporate into the Molecular Engineering major. Examples of student outcomes that fall into this category include: (a) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs, (b) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, (c) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, (d) an ability to communicate effectively, (e) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context, (f) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning, and (g) a knowledge of contemporary issues. Many of these outcomes will be addressed through both the Molecular Engineering degree curriculum (emphasized in the design sequence and the research colloquium) and the College general education requirements. Students who are able to both develop and articulate these skills will be positioned favorably for employment in industry and for postgraduate study (engineering, medicine, law, and business administration).

Entering the Program

Students must indicate their intent to pursue the BS program at the end of the Autumn Quarter in their second year of study by completing the Intent to Pursue Molecular Engineering questionnaire (available on the IME website). They begin the engineering curriculum in the following Spring Quarter with enrollment in either MENG 26010 Engineering Principles of Conservation or MENG 26020 Engineering Electrodynamics. Both courses require the completion of their stated prerequisites. Students should work with their advisors early in their first year of study to plan for those prerequisites to be completed in a timely manner.

Summary of Requirements for the Major in Molecular Engineering: Chemical and Soft Materials Track

GENERAL EDUCATION
CHEM 10100
  &  10200
Introductory General Chemistry I
   and Introductory General Chemistry II (or higher) 1
200
One of the following sequences:200
Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II (requires a grade of A- or higher)
Calculus I-II 1
Honors Calculus I-II
One of the following sequences:200
Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems I
   and Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems II
Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology; Fundamentals of Genetics 2
Molecular Biology of the Cell; Biological Systems 3
Total Units600
MAJOR
CHEM 11300Comprehensive General Chemistry III (or higher) 1100
PHYS 13100-13200-13300Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism; Waves, Optics, and Heat (or higher)300
One of the following sets of three courses:300
MATH 13300 Elementary Functions and Calculus III OR MATH 15300 Calculus III OR MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III OR MATH 19620 Linear Algebra, AND MATH 20000-20100 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I-II 4
OR
MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III, AND MATH 20500 Analysis in Rn III OR MATH 20900 Honors Analysis in Rn III, AND MATH 27300 Basic Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations
MENG 26010Engineering Principles of Conservation100
MENG 26030Introduction to Engineering Analysis100
MENG 26101-26102Transport Phenomena I: Forces + Flows; Transport Phenomena II200
MENG 26201-26202Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II200
MENG 29501Undergraduate Research Colloquium000
MENG 29500Engineering Design300
Three advanced electives selected in consultation with the advisor for the Chemical and Soft Materials Track. 5300
Total Units1900
1

Credit may be granted by examination. 

2

Molecular Engineering majors can take these courses without the Biological Sciences prerequisites (BIOS 20150-20151) unless they pursue a double major in the Biological Sciences. They are expected to show competency in mathematical modeling of biological phenomena covered in BIOS 20151 Introduction to Quantitative Modeling in Biology (Basic).

3

Open only to students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. Upon completion of BIOS 20234-20235-20236 Molecular Biology of the Cell; Biological Systems; Biological Dynamics, students will be awarded a total of 200 units to be counted toward the general education requirement in the biological sciences.

4

MATH 13300 requires a grade of A- or higher.

5

Students should seek approval for their major electives before registering for and completing the course.

Summary of Requirements for the Major in Molecular Engineering: Biology Track

GENERAL EDUCATION
CHEM 10100
  &  10200
Introductory General Chemistry I
   and Introductory General Chemistry II (or higher) 1
200
One of the following sequences:200
Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II (requires a grade of A- or higher)
Calculus I-II 1
Honors Calculus I-II
One of the following sequences:200
Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology; Fundamentals of Genetics 2
Molecular Biology of the Cell; Biological Systems 3
Total Units600
MAJOR
CHEM 11300Comprehensive General Chemistry III (or higher) 1100
PHYS 13100-13200-13300Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism; Waves, Optics, and Heat (or higher)300
One of the following sets of three courses:300
MATH 13300 Elementary Functions and Calculus III OR MATH 15300 Calculus III OR MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III OR MATH 19620 Linear Algebra, AND MATH 20000-20100 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I-II 4
OR
MATH 16300 Honors Calculus III, AND MATH 20500 Analysis in Rn III OR MATH 20900 Honors Analysis in Rn III, AND MATH 27300 Basic Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations
MENG 26010Engineering Principles of Conservation100
MENG 26030Introduction to Engineering Analysis100
MENG 26101-26102Transport Phenomena I: Forces + Flows; Transport Phenomena II200
MENG 26201-26202Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II200
MENG 29501Undergraduate Research Colloquium000
MENG 29500Engineering Design300
Three advanced electives selected in consultation with the Biology Track advisor (at least two should be in the Biological Sciences above BIOS 20242). 5300
Total Units1900
1

 Credit may be granted by examination.

2

Molecular Engineering majors can take these courses without the Biological Sciences prerequisites (BIOS 20150-20151) unless they pursue a double major in the Biological Sciences. They are expected to show competency in mathematical modeling of biological phenomena covered in BIOS 20151 Introduction to Quantitative Modeling in Biology (Basic).

3

Open only to students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam. Upon completion of BIOS 20234-20235-20236, students will be awarded a total of 200 units to be counted toward the general education requirement in the biological sciences. 

4

 MATH 13300 requires a grade of A- or higher.

5

Students should seek approval for their major electives before registering for and completing the course. 

Summary of Requirements for the Major in Molecular Engineering: Quantum Track

GENERAL EDUCATION
PHYS 13100-13200Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism (or higher)200
One of the following sequences:200
Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II (requires a grade of A- or higher)
Calculus I-II 1
Honors Calculus I-II
Total Units400
MAJOR
PHYS 13300Waves, Optics, and Heat (or higher)100
One of the following:100
Elementary Functions and Calculus III (requires a grade of A- or higher)
Calculus III
Honors Calculus III
Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics
CHEM 10100
  &  10200
  &  11300
Introductory General Chemistry I
   and Introductory General Chemistry II
   and Comprehensive General Chemistry III (or higher) 1
300
One of the following:100
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Analysis in Rn III
Honors Analysis in Rn III
PHYS 15400Modern Physics100
PHYS 23400-23500Quantum Mechanics I-II200
MENG 26020Engineering Electrodynamics100
MENG 26030Introduction to Engineering Analysis100
One of the following sets of two courses: 2200
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II
OR
PHYS 19700 Statistical and Thermal Physics AND PHYS 23600 Solid State Physics OR PHYS 25000 Computational Physics OR CHEM 26300 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
OR
CHEM 26200 Thermodynamics AND PHYS 23600 Solid State Physics OR PHYS 25000 Computational Physics OR CHEM 26300 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
MENG 29501Undergraduate Research Colloquium000
MENG 29500Engineering Design300
Three advanced electives selected in consultation with the Quantum Track advisor.300
Total Units1900
1

Credit may be granted by examination; consult quantum track advisor.

2

Note: PHYS 19700 requires, and CHEM 26200 expects, prior experience with intermediate quantum mechanics; these options are well-suited to, but not exclusively for, students double-majoring in Physics or Chemistry.

Approved Quantum Track Advanced Electives

All 20000-level Molecular Engineering courses not otherwise required for the major (except those numbered MENG 20XXX and 29XXX)
All 20000-level Physics courses (except PHYS 29100-29200-29300 and PHYS 29700)
Courses in Mathematics and Statistics (no more than two to be used as program electives):
Analysis in Rn II
Honors Analysis in Rn II
Analysis in Rn III (Neither MATH 20500 nor MATH 20900 can be counted toward electives if substituted for PHYS 22100.)
Honors Analysis in Rn III
Basic Complex Variables
Basic Functional Analysis
Basic Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Differentiable Manifolds and Integration on Manifolds
Basic Theory of Partial Differential Equations
Statistical Models and Methods
Statistical Theory and Methods I
Statistical Theory and Methods II
Other courses in the physical sciences:
Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
Computational Chemistry and Biology
Scientific Visualization
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Physics of the Earth
Climate Dynamics of the Earth and Other Planets
Courses in the biological sciences:
Introduction to Medical Physics and Medical Imaging
Courses not listed here can satisfy the elective requirement if explicitly approved, on a case-by-case basis, by the program advisor for the IME Quantum Track.

Sample Major Programs

Below is a sample four-year program for the Chemical and Soft Materials Track. Students should rely on relevant placement tests and on the direction of the College advisors in creating a personal four-year program that accommodates their individual backgrounds and interests. Again, we recommend that students complete their science and mathematics general education requirements at the highest level for which they are prepared.

First Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
MATH 15100MATH 15200MATH 15300
CHEM 11100CHEM 11200CHEM 11300
Second Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
PHYS 13100PHYS 13200PHYS 13300
MATH 20000MATH 20100MENG 26010
BIOS 20186BIOS 20187 
Third Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
MENG 26101MENG 26102MENG 26202
MENG 26030MENG 26201Advanced Elective
Fourth Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
MENG 29501MENG 29500Advanced Elective
Advanced Elective  

 Below is a sample four-year program for the Quantum Track. Students should rely on relevant placement tests and on the direction of the College advisors in creating a personal four-year program that accommodates their individual backgrounds and interests. Again, we recommend that students complete their science and mathematics general education requirements at the highest level for which they are prepared.

First Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
MATH 15100MATH 15200MATH 15300
PHYS 14100PHYS 14200PHYS 14300
Second Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
CHEM 11100CHEM 11200CHEM 11300
PHYS 22100 MENG 26020
PHYS 15400 PHYS 23400
Third Year
Autumn QuarterWinter QuarterSpring Quarter
MENG 26030MENG 26201MENG 26202
PHYS 23500Advanced ElectiveAdvanced Elective
Fourth Year
Autumn QuarterWinter Quarter 
MENG 29501MENG 29500 
Advanced Elective  

Minor Program in Molecular Engineering

The minor program in molecular engineering is designed for undergraduates majoring in physical or biological science, mathematics, computer science, economics, or related fields. The overall objective of the program is to provide basic engineering tools and ways of thinking to students that augment scientific approaches and problem solving skills.

Minor Program Requirements

Before a student can declare the minor in molecular engineering, the student must complete the general education requirements in mathematics and physical sciences along with the course prerequisites for MENG 26010 Engineering Principles of Conservation. Following completion of all requirements, students may apply to the director of undergraduate studies of the Institute for Molecular Engineering for admission into the minor in molecular engineering program.

A student must receive the director of undergraduate studies’ approval of the minor program on a form obtained from the student's College adviser. Once signed by the director, this form must then be returned to the student's College adviser by the end of Spring Quarter of the student's third year.

To earn the minor in molecular engineering, a student must complete six courses as outlined below.  Advanced electives must be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.  All courses in molecular engineering are pre-approved as advanced electives for the minor.  Students should seek pre-approval for all advanced electives that are outside of molecular engineering.  Before meeting with the director, students should invest some thought into which courses they would like to complete for the minor and how those courses relate as a set. 

Courses in the minor program may not be (1) double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors, or (2) counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summary of Requirements for the Minor in Molecular Engineering

MENG 26010Engineering Principles of Conservation100
MENG 26030Introduction to Engineering Analysis100
One of the following sequences:200
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II
Transport Phenomena I: Forces + Flows; Transport Phenomena II
Transport Phenomena I: Forces and Flows
   and Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I
Two advanced electives selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. **200
Total Units600
**

Students must secure approval before enrolling in courses they wish to use as advanced electives in the minor program.

Minor Program in Molecular Engineering Technology and Innovation

The overall objective of the minor program in Molecular Engineering Technology and Innovation is to introduce basic engineering concepts as they relate to evolving technologies, scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, scientific policy, and the broader impacts of engineering in society. The minor program is open to undergraduates from any major interested in these topics.

Minor Program Requirements

Students must complete the general education requirements in mathematics and physical sciences before declaring the minor in Molecular Engineering Technology and Innovation. Following completion of these requirements, students must meet with Mark Stoykovich (stoykovich@uchicago.edu) of the Institute for Molecular Engineering to plan a course of study for the minor. This meeting is mandatory and students who fail to have it may not be allowed to complete the minor. Prior to the meeting, students should invest some thought into which courses they would like to complete for the minor and how those courses relate as a set. The student and Dr. Stoykovich will fill out the Consent to Complete a Minor form jointly, and once the form is signed the student must bring it to the student's College adviser. Deviations from the course plan agreed upon in the Consent to Complete a Minor form require the approval of Dr. Stoykovich and submission of a revised Consent to Complete a Minor form prior to their implementation.

To earn the minor in Molecular Engineering Technology and Innovation, a student must complete six courses as outlined below. Advanced electives must be chosen in consultation with Dr. Stoykovich. All courses in Molecular Engineering are pre-approved as advanced electives for the minor.   

Courses in the minor program may not be (1) double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors, or (2) counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and more than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summary of Requirements for the Minor in Molecular Engineering Technology and Innovation

MENG 20000Introduction to Emerging Technologies100
2 to 5 additional courses in Molecular Engineering200-500
0 to 3 elective courses selected in consultation with the IME adviser *000-300
Total Units600
*

The following courses are pre-approved for the minor: BIOS 11140, BUSF 34103, BUSF 34106, BUSF 42703, ECON 22600, ECON 22650, ENST 23900, ENST 24705, ENST 26420, HIPS 17502, HIPS 21301, HIPS 25506, PBPL 21800, PBPL 23100, PBPL 24701, PBPL 29000, PHSC 12400, PHSC 12500. Students must secure approval before enrolling in courses that they wish to use as electives in the minor program and that are not on this pre-approved list.

Grading

In order to qualify for the BS degree, a GPA of 2.0 or higher (with no grade lower than C-) is needed in all courses required in the major. Students majoring in Molecular Engineering must receive quality grades in all courses required in the degree program. All courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades. Nonmajors and nonminors may take Molecular Engineering courses on a P/F basis; only grades of C- or higher constitute passing work.

Honors

Students who pursue a substantive research project with a faculty member of the Institute for Molecular Engineering are encouraged to write and defend an honors thesis based on their work. Students who wish to be considered for honors are expected to complete their arrangements with the director of undergraduate studies before the end of their third year and to register for one quarter of MENG 29700 Undergraduate Research for Molecular Engineering during their third or fourth years.

To be eligible to receive honors, students in the BS degree program must write a creditable honors paper describing their research. The paper must be submitted before the deadline established by the director of undergraduate studies and must be approved by the department chairperson. In addition, an oral presentation of the research is required. The research paper or project used to meet this requirement may not be used to meet the BA/BS paper or project requirement in another major.

To earn a BS degree with honors in Molecular Engineering, students must also have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Molecular Engineering Courses

MENG 20000. Introduction to Emerging Technologies. 100 Units.

This course will examine five emerging technologies (stem cells in regenerative medicine, quantum computing, water purification, new batteries, etc.) over two weeks each. The first of the two weeks will present the basic science underlying the emerging technology; the second of the two weeks will discuss the hurdles that must be addressed successfully to convert a good scientific concept into a commercial product that addresses needs in the market place.

Instructor(s): Matthew Tirrell     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the general education requirements in mathematics and physical or biological sciences

MENG 20200. Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering. 100 Units.

Synthesis, processing and characterization of new materials are the pervasive, fundamental necessities for molecular engineering. Understanding how to design and control structure and properties of materials at the nanoscale is the essence of our research and education program. This course will provide an introduction to molecularly engineered materials and material systems. We will start with atomic-level descriptions and means of thinking about the structure of materials, and then we will build towards understanding nano- and meso-scale materials architectures and their structure-dependent thermal, electrical, mechanical, and optical properties. Strategies in materials processing (heat treatment, diffusion, self-assembly) to achieve desired structure will also be introduced. In the latter part of the course, we will study applications of major concepts of the course in quantum materials, electronic materials, energy-related materials, and biomaterials.

Instructor(s): Paul Nealey     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the general education requirements in mathematics and physical or biological sciences.

MENG 21100. Molecular Science and Engineering of Water. 100 Units.

This course will cover the properties of the water molecule, hydrogen bonding, clusters, supercritical water, condensed phases, solutions, confined and interfacial water, clathrates, and nucleation. In addition, methods of water purification, water splitting and fuel cells, water in atmospheric and climate science, and water in biology, health and medicine will be discussed.

Instructor(s): James Skinner     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): For undergraduates, CHEM 26200 or MENG 26202 or PHYS 23500

MENG 21400. Computational Materials Science. 100 Units.

The course will cover simulations techniques for soft and hard materials, including molecular dynamics (MD) and monte carlo and basic electronic structure methods, e.g., density functional theory (DFT), as well as verification and validation of computational methods and codes against available experiments. It will also cover applications of these methods to structural, electronic, and transport properties of materials, with hands-on practice using classical MD and DFT codes.

Instructor(s): Giulia Galli     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26102 or PHYS 23500 or CHEM 26200 or CMSC 15100 or CMSC 16100 or CMSC 12100

MENG 21600. Kinetics in Molecular Engineering. 100 Units.

This course focuses on the kinetics of biochemical reactions at the molecular level. It aims to address basic questions at the interface between molecular engineering and cell biology. This course will equip students with knowledge and tools to quantitatively solve problems in biochemical systems at dynamics and equilibrium of molecular reactions. 

Instructor(s): Jun Huang     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first three quarters of a Biological Fundamentals Sequence.

MENG 23310. Experimental Techniques and Advanced Instrumentation. 100 Units.

This course aims to provide students with a knowledge of state-of-the-art experimental measurement techniques and laboratory instrumentation for applications in broad scientific research environments, as well as industrial and general engineering practice. Topics include atomic-scale structural and imaging methods, electronic transport in low dimensional matter, magnetic and optical characterization of materials. Basic concepts in electronic measurement such as lock-in amplifiers, spectrum and network analysis, noise reduction techniques, cryogenics, thermometry, and vacuum technology, as well as statistical analysis and fitting of data will also be discussed.

Instructor(s): David Awschalom     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Completion of PHYS 23400 & PHYS 23500 for undergraduates.
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 33310

MENG 23330. Physics of Solid State Nano-electronic Devices. 100 Units.

This course covers the fundamental concepts needed to understand nanoelectronic solid-state devices. After an overview of the basic properties of semiconductors and electronic transport in semiconductors, the p-n junction, the metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure and diode are introduced. Following this, we will describe the physics behind four types of devices that all of us use every day and which have collectively changed the world: transistors, light emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, and solid state memories. We will study the field effect transistor (FET) and describe metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor (MOSFET) technology, then introduce the light-emitting diode (LED) and the semiconductor injection laser. Following this, we will cover the physics behind some of the most common memories used today: the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Flash memories. Some simple circuits using these solid-state elements will be covered if time permits. The course is specifically tailored for undergraduate students, however it is also appropriate for graduate students who have less exposure to device physics and would like to learn about the subject.

Instructor(s): Supratik Guha     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 23400 or CMSC 12300 or CMSC 15200 or CMSC 16200

MENG 23700. Quantum Computation. 100 Units.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of quantum information to students who have not had training in quantum computing or quantum information theory. Some knowledge of quantum mechanics is expected, including bra-ket notation and the time-dependent form of Schrodinger’s equation. Students will learn how to carry out calculations and gain a fundamental grasp of topics that will include some or all of: entanglement, teleportation, quantum algorithms, cryptography, and error correction.

Instructor(s): Staff     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 22100 or equivalent
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 33700

MENG 24100-24200. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling I-II.

Molecular modeling seeks to develop models and computational techniques for prediction of the structure, thermodynamic properties, and non-equilibrium behavior of gases, liquids, and solids from knowledge of intermolecular interactions.

MENG 24100. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling I. 100 Units.

This course will introduce students to the methods of molecular modeling. The topics covered will include an introduction to the origin of molecular forces, a brief introduction to statistical mechanics and ensemble methods, and an introduction to molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics, and Monte Carlo simulations. The course will also cover elements of advanced sampling techniques, including parallel tempering, umbrella sampling, and other common biased sampling approaches. Course work or research experience is strongly recommended in: (1) elementary programming (e.g., C or C++), and (2) physical chemistry or thermodynamics.

Instructor(s): Juan de Pablo, Giulia Galli     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 20000 and MATH 20100 or MATH 22000 or PHYS 22100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 34100

MENG 24200. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: Molecular/Materials Modelling II. 100 Units.

This course provides a continuation of the topics covered in Molecular/Materials Modelling I. It seeks to introduce students to electronic structure methods for modelling molecular and condensed systems. The topics covered will include an introduction to quantum mechanical descriptions of ground and excited state properties of molecules and solids. The course will focus on simulations based on the numerical solution of the Schrödinger equation using different approximations, including wavefunctions methods (e.g., Hartree Fock) and density functional theory, and various integration techniques and basis sets.

Instructor(s): Giulia Galli, Juan de Pablo     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MENG 24100
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 34200

MENG 24300. Selected Topics in Molecular Engineering: The Engineering and Biology of Tissue Repair. 100 Units.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the science and application of tissue engineering, a field that seeks to develop technologies for restoring lost function in diseased or damaged tissues and organs. The course will first introduce the underlying cellular and molecular components and processes relevant to tissue engineering: extracellular matrices, cell/matrix interactions such as adhesion and migration, growth factor biology, stem cell biology, inflammation, and innate immunity. The course will then discuss current approaches for engineering a variety of tissues, including bone and musculoskeletal tissues, vascular tissues, skin, nerve, and pancreas. Students will be assessed through in-class discussions, take-home assignments and exams, and an end-of-term project on a topic of the student’s choice.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Hubbell     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first three quarters of a Biological Sciences Fundamentals Sequence
Equivalent Course(s): BIOS 21507

MENG 24310. Cellular Engineering. 100 Units.

Cellular engineering is a field that studies cell and molecule structure-function relationships. It is the development and application of engineering approaches and technologies to biological molecules and cells. This course is intended to be a bridge between engineers and biologists, to quantitatively study cells and molecules and develop future clinical applications. Topics include fundamental cell and molecular biology; immunology and biochemistry, receptors, ligands, and their interactions; nanotechnology/biomechanics; enzyme kinetics; molecular probes; cellular and molecular imaging; single-cell genomics and proteomics; genetic and protein engineering; and drug delivery and gene delivery.

Instructor(s): Jun Huang     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first three quarters of Biological Fundamentals Sequence.
Equivalent Course(s): MENG 34310

MENG 24500. Microfluidics and Its Applications. 100 Units.

Precision control of fluids at the micrometer scale (hence microfluidics) provides unprecedented capabilities in manipulation and analysis of cells and proteins. Moreover, fluids and particles behave in fundamentally different ways when confined to small dimensions, making microfluidics an interesting topic of basic research. This course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the use of microfluidics for the manipulation and analysis of physical, chemical, and biological systems. We will first survey theoretical concepts regarding microfluidics. We will then focus on design considerations and fabrication methods for multi-layer microfluidic chips using PDMS soft-lithography. We will learn how to fabricate, multiplex, and control PDMS membrane valves and integrate them into high-throughput analytical systems. We will survey recent developments in microfluidics and its scientific and industrial applications. Biological systems analysis in cell sorting, culture, cell signaling, single molecule detection, digital nucleic acid and protein quantification, and biosensing are some of the applications we will cover. This course will have a laboratory component where students will design, fabricate, and use microfluidic devices and therefore acquire hands-on skills in microfluidic engineering.

Instructor(s): Savas Tay     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): This course is open to graduate students from all STEM fields; undergraduates must have completed three quarters of a Biological Sciences Fundamentals Sequence or MENG 26202 or CHEM 26200 or PHYS 23500.

MENG 24600. Quantitative Systems Biology. 100 Units.

This course aims to provide students with knowledge on the use of modern methods for the analysis, manipulation, and modeling of complex biological systems, and to introduce them to some of the most important applications in quantitative and systems biology. We will first survey theoretical concepts and tools for analysis and modeling of biological systems like biomolecules, gene networks, single cells, and multicellular systems. Concepts from information theory, biochemical networks, control theory, and linear systems will be introduced. Mathematical modeling of biological interactions will be discussed. We will then survey quantitative experimental methods currently used in systems biology. These methods include single cell genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic analysis techniques, in vivo and in vitro quantitative analysis of cellular and molecular interactions, single molecule methods, live cell imaging, high throughput microfluidic analysis, and gene editing. Finally, we will focus on case studies where the quantitative systems approach made a significant difference in understanding of fundamental phenomena like signaling, immunity, and development, and diseases like infection, autoimmunity, and cancer.

Instructor(s): Savas Tay     Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): For undergraduates, completion of the first 3 quarters of a Biological Fundamentals Sequence and BIOS 26210

MENG 26010. Engineering Principles of Conservation. 100 Units.

This course is a precursor to both the thermodynamics and transport sequences. Students will be introduced to the mathematical framework of Reynold’s transport theorem from a general perspective and in different forms (algebraic, integral and differential), and apply that framework to a wide variety of problems that involve changes in mass, energy, and momentum. Using scaling approximations and dimensional analysis to obtain an intuitive understanding of the mathematical framework will also be emphasized throughout. These concepts will then be carried over to, and reinforced in, the transport and thermodynamics courses that follow sequentially.

Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MATH 20100, 20500 or PHYS 22100, plus CHEM 11300 or PHYS 13300

MENG 26020. Engineering Electrodynamics. 100 Units.

This is an advanced course in electromagnetism with an engineering focus. Requires good preparation in freshman-level, calculus-based, electrostatics and magnetostatics; also preparation in vector calculus.

Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 13300 or PHYS 14300 and MATH 20100 or PHYS 22100 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 20500 or MATH 20900.

MENG 26030. Introduction to Engineering Analysis. 100 Units.

This course will expose students to enabling numerical algorithms and computational methods for molecular engineering. These include solution of systems of linear and non-linear systems of equations, general minimization techniques, and optimization strategies. They also include finite-difference and finite-element methods for numerical treatment of time-dependent differential equations encountered in engineering problems such as mass, momentum, or energy transport across different classes of materials. Students will also be exposed to introductory techniques used to simulate fluids and materials by relying on quantum-mechanical and classical molecular-level descriptions of matter.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26010 or MENG 26020

MENG 26101-26102. Transport Phenomena I: Forces + Flows; Transport Phenomena II.

The sequence will expose students to basic topics in continuum mechanics, with a focus on momentum transfer (part I) and energy and mass transfer (part II)

MENG 26101. Transport Phenomena I: Forces and Flows. 100 Units.

This course will expose students to basic topics in continuum mechanics, with a focus on momentum transfer. Course topics include an overview of tensor mathematics, forces and inertia, Bernoulli’s Equation, Navier-Stokes Equations, and standard examples of Navier-Stokes flows, including Poiseuille flow, falling films, and flow around a sphere. For each of these topics, examples will be provided with dimensionless and scaling analysis to accompany problem solution. Analysis will include computation of approximate solutions, determination of when an approximate solution is adequate and, given the assumptions made, what the limitations of any solution are. Laboratory exercises in microfluidics will be included.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26010

MENG 26102. Transport Phenomena II. 100 Units.

This course will expose students to basic topics in continuum mechanics, with a focus on energy and mass transfer. Course topics include and overview of the physical and mathematical basis of Diffusion, Fick’s law and definition of fluxes for description in the form of differential equations, a reminder of the Reynolds Transport Theorem and differential forms for mass and energy transfer, mass balances in non-reacting systems (with multiple examples), mass balances with chemical reactions, energy balances, and combined energy and mass balances with chemical reactions. Laboratory exercises in microfluidics will be included.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26101

MENG 26201-26202. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I-II.

This sequence covers Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics.

MENG 26201. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I. 100 Units.

This course will include an introduction to postulates of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of pure substances, and engineering applications relying on thermodynamic cycles (including engines, heat pumps, and refrigeration). An introduction to statistical mechanics and its connection to molecular thermodynamics will also be included among the course topics.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26030

MENG 26202. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics II. 100 Units.

This course will address the thermodynamics of mixtures. It will include an introduction to phase transformations in mixtures and engineering applications (including separation processes), an introduction to molecular models and simple statistical mechanical theories of mixtures, and prediction of thermodynamic properties from molecular models.

Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26201

MENG 27100. Biological Materials. 100 Units.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the science and application of biomaterials, a field that utilizes fundamental principles of materials science with cell biology for applications in therapeutics and diagnostics. The course will introduce the basic classes of biomaterials, considering metals used in medicine, ceramic and biological inorganic materials such as hydroxyapatite, and polymers used in medicine. The basis of protein adsorption modulating biological interactions with these materials will be elaborated. Examples to be covered in the course will include polymers used in drug delivery, polymers used in protein therapeutics, polymers used in degradable biomaterial implants, polymers used in biodiagnostics, and hybrid and polymeric nanomaterials used as bioactives and bioactive carriers. An emphasis in the course will be placed on bioactive materials development. Students will be assessed through in-class discussions, take-home assignments and exams, and an end-of-term project on a topic of the student’s choice.

Instructor(s): Staff     Terms Offered: TBD
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduates must have completed BIOS 20186 and BIOS 20187. This course does not meet the requirements for the Biological Sciences major.
Equivalent Course(s): BIOS 29328

MENG 27200. Electronic and Quantum Materials for Technology. 100 Units.

This is a one-quarter introductory course on the science and engineering of electronic and quantum materials. The intended audience is upper-level undergraduate students and first-year graduate students in Molecular Engineering and other related fields, including Chemistry and Physics. We will learn the basics of electrical and optical properties of electronic materials, including semiconductor, metal, and insulators starting from a simple band picture and discuss how these materials enable modern electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuitry. We will also explore the modern synthesis techniques for these materials and the effects of reduced dimensions and emergent quantum properties. No comprehensive exposure to quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, or advanced mathematical skills will be assumed, even though working knowledge of these topics will be helpful.

Instructor(s): Jiwoong Park     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26202 or CHEM 26200 or PHYS 23500

MENG 27300. Polymer Physics and Engineering. 100 Units.

This course is an advanced introduction to polymer physics and engineering taught at a level suitable for senior undergraduates and graduate students in STEM fields. Topics that will be covered include the statistics and conformations of linear chain molecules, thermodynamics and dynamics of polymers, polymer blends and polymer solutions, phase equilibria, networks, gels, and rubber elasticity, linear viscoelasticity, thermal and mechanical properties. A laboratory component will supplement the lectures.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 19700 or CHEM 26100 (or concurrent registration)

MENG 27320. Polymer Synthesis. 100 Units.

This course introduces the most important polymerization reactions, focusing on their reaction mechanisms and kinetic aspects. Topics include free radical and ionic chain polymerization, step-growth polymerization, ring-opening, insertion, controlled addition polymerization, crosslinking, and chemical modification of preformed polymers.

Instructor(s): Stuart Rowan     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): For undergraduates, completion of the CHEM 22000-22100-22200 Organic Chemistry I-II-III sequence.

MENG 29500. Engineering Design. 300 Units.

This 300 unit “immersion” design course teaches students how to bring combinations of the fundamental science and engineering pieces of the curriculum together to solve open-ended and challenging engineering problems. It also serves as a vehicle to teach other equally important non-technical skills.

Terms Offered: Winter. Offered 2017-18.
Prerequisite(s): MENG 26202 and MENG 29501

MENG 29501. Undergraduate Research Colloquium. 000 Units.

Required research colloquium for all 4th year Molecular Engineering majors. Meeting once per week, colloquium topics will include problem identification and exploration, experimental design, data analysis, project planning, professional and ethical responsibilities in scientific research, and the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context.

Terms Offered: Autumn

MENG 29700. Undergraduate Research for Molecular Engineering. 100 Units.

IME faculty will offer one-quarter research experiences for all students enrolled in the minor. A quality grade will be given based on performance in this course. In order to assign a quality grade, an agreement between the sponsoring IME faculty member and each student will be made that includes: (1) the content and scope of the project, (2) expectations for time commitment, (3) a well-defined work plan with timelines for particular experiments or calculations to be accomplished (in a true research experience of the sort we intend to offer, of course, timelines for results can’t be constructed in advance), and (4) a summary of academic goals—such as demonstrating knowledge of the literature and developing communication skills (e.g., though presentations at group meetings).

Instructor(s): IME Faculty     Terms Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Prerequisite(s): Faculty Consent
Note(s): If a student cannot engage an IME faculty research sponsor on their own, the student should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Professor Paul Nealey.


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Chemical & Soft Materials Track
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