The Next Leader of the School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

Physicist Nadya Mason has been appointed dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, effective October 1.

“I am thrilled to start this fall as dean at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering,” Dr. Mason said. “As an interdisciplinary school, PME is uniquely positioned to tackle grand-challenge science and engineering problems from climate change to quantum computing. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students and community partners to help grow PME toward even greater global impact in education, research and technological development.”

Dr. Mason has been serving as the Rosalyn S. Yalow Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she specializes in experimental studies of materials. She has also served as the director of the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, an interdisciplinary research facility that brings together researchers from more than 40 campus departments to collaboratively address major scientific and technological challenges. Dr. Mason is also the founding director of the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Dr. Mason’s research focuses on the electronic properties of small-scale materials, such as nanoscale wires and atomically thin membranes.  She is member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Mason is a graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in physics. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.

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