Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Eckhardt Research Center (ERC) Room 161
5640 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

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Felix Lu 
Director of Corporate Engagement


University of Chicago                                    Institute for Molecular Engineering 

5640 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637


Parking on campus

There is LIMITED street parking near the Eckhardt Researcch Center Building. Of course, you may get lucky and find a spot nearby, but it is recommended that you park at the parking structures.

The closest parking structure to the event is the CAMPUS NORTH PARKING STRUCTURE (5 minute walk).

An alternate place is the CAMPUS SOUTH PARKING STRUCTURE (10-12 minute walk).

 How can these resources help your company?

  • Talent recruitment and cultural, creative and intellectual diversity of thought and implementation
  • Senior design projects offer a low committment approach to exploring pet projects, side issues, new materials and designs, and are basically an extended interview to see if student and company would work well together in the future!
  • Gain a better understanding of how to leverage resources for when you need to pull the trigger.

 Student posters - 

Poster presenters will be judged and prizes* given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

Eligible posters are restricted to topics which used the instrumentation facilities and/or campus resources.

*1st place: $200 Amazon gift card, 2nd place: $150 Amazon gift card, 3rd place: $100 amazon gift card


FORUM 2019

Facilities Open-house Research Users Meeting

Are innovation and resourcefulness part of your company's mission and philosophy?

Please join us for our first UChicago FORUM event focused on getting to know students, public access instrumentation facilities, and other regional resources.

What is the FORUM?


The FORUM is one of several ways for industry to see how resources, research, and talent at the University of Chicago aligns with their innovation needs.

Many companies are unaware of the opportunities available on campus. These opportunities include a variety of ways to get your foot in the door to test the waters. These opportunities include

  • Senior design projects in materials chemistry and engineering,
  • Advanced instrumentation and training available at hourly rates,
  • Project and internship based talent recruitment, as well as
  • Discovery of how faculty research topics are aligned with your innovation efforts.

Other avenues include networking with translational technology experts at the Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and other groups on  or associated with the campus.

Who is this meeting for?

Corporate decision makers, Industrial/corporate scientists and engineers involved with:

  • Innovation Design & Implementation
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Process Development
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Failure Analysis
  • Materials Characterization 
Also - Targeted talent recruitment of undergraduates and graduate students through internships, senior design projects, and consulting opportunities.

Tentative itinerary -

8:15 - 9:00 am        Registration / Breakfast & Coffee
9:00 - 9:15 am        Opening Remarks (Dean Matt Tirrell, Felix Lu)
9:15 - 10:30 am      Facility snapshot speakers

IME@Argonne National Laboratory (Aaron Fluitt), The Pritzker nanofab facility (Peter Duda), Chicago Materials  Research Center (Justin Jureller), Advanced Electron Microscopy Facility (Tera Lavoie), Soft Matter Characterization Facility (Phillip Griffin)

10:30 - 11:00 am     BREAK
11:00 - 11:45 am     Keynote talk - Dr. Maria Kokkori (The Art Institute of Chicago)

11:45 - 1:00 pm       Networking LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00 pm         Poster session

2:00 - 4:00 pm         Facilty Tours