In line with our college vision, in 2018 faculty defined six unique themes that built off our strengths, aligned with future opportunities, and could provide transformational societal impact. These themes have since helped guide college investments in faculty hires, shared research facilities and seed funding thanks to the leadership of the directors and participation of the faculty, staff and students.
Coming out of a review and in discussion with the department chairs and IRT faculty directors, we intend to fund two of the initial IRTs – Autonomous Systems and Multi-Functional Materials – for another two years at a lower level of funding. The remaining four IRTs remain important to the college's research portfolio. Their webpages and research communities will continue here as a resource for all.
The college will be initiating two to three new interdisciplinary themes this spring.