Welcome to the Macromolecules Innovation Institute
- About MII
- Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
- Research Experience for Undergraduates
- Upcoming Events
- Letter from the Director
Our Mission and Vision
Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech (MII) is an interdisciplinary group committed to continuing the growth and advancing the stature of the existing, highly-ranked macromolecular science and engineering program at Virginia Tech. We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high-quality students; actively initiates and conducts timely research at both the basic and applied levels; and vigorously pursues continuing education and economic growth through outreach activities with industry and government agencies.
The vision of the Institute is to will serve as the primary and integrating source of guidance to the University administration with respect to educational and research programs and opportunities in polymeric materials and interfaces at Virginia Tech. Our principal goal is to maintain and advance the national and international ranking of the polymer program at Virginia Tech. The Institute will outline needs and suggest mechanisms for enhancing personnel, space, and equipment issues required to achieve this goal.
The Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute is committed to fostering diverse instructional, research, and outreach environments.
Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Degree program offers interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programs of study that involve faculty from multiple colleges and departments across the University. Our program is ranked in the top five polymer science programs in the United States, and we receive a large number of highly competitive applications each year.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
This program is designed to instill in students a life-long motivation to create new materials and discover physical phenomena through the joys of research. Focus will be on science and engineering with added emphasis on building leadership, interdisciplinary teamwork and communications skills, and experiencing the gratification derived from integrating their science into the community. Particular focus will be on technical writing. The program includes a leadership workshop for the graduate student mentors, a community-building retreat with an ethics workshop, a short course on polymer science and engineering fundamentals and their potential at the food-energy-water nexus, and communications seminars covering topics such as developing a resume and applying to graduate school. The summer culminates with a symposium and technical paper. We commit to at least 50% of our REUs being women or minorities to ensure that they learn to work with a diverse group to prepare them for professional careers. The students will have opportunities to present their findings at a conference during the follow-up year.
Letter from the Director
Welcome to the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII). It remains an honor to lead a passionate group of 60-affiliated faculty and over 150 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the advancement of macromolecular science and engineering. MII continues to be a highly sought destination for a rich educational experience, interdisciplinary research programs at new intersections of macromolecular science and engineering, and collaborative partnerships with leading industries across the globe. Remaining as one of the top macromolecular science and engineering programs in the country demands that we continually reshape the educational experience for our students and enable opportunities for impactful translation of our research to society. Faculty will agree that we are “only as good as our students and staff,” and our MII alumni also continue to infuse our institute with opportunity and excitement!
We are excited to be located within the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) as our administrative home. ICTAS brings new mechanisms for MII to embrace, enabling us to impact every corner of our campus with new directions in macromolecular materials. I personally invite you to attend our MII Technical Conference and Review on October 10-12, 2016; I think you will be impressed with our many new directions!