We are the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech, a university-wide research and education institute, representing a group of faculty, students, and staff dedicated to fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of the macromolecular sciences and technologies. Collectively, we offer a variety of educational, research, and professional interaction opportunities to our students. We also provide industry collaborators with training opportunities through short courses and offer opportunities for unique collaboration through sharing our laboratories, facilities, and expertise.
MII is supported by direct funding from Virginia Tech and by industry.
The purpose of MII is to unify Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized interdisciplinary program in macromolecular science and engineering. Graduate and undergraduate education in an interdisciplinary macromolecular science environment prepare Virginia Tech students for success in a variety of careers in the research, engineering, and technology enterprise. Students conduct basic and applied research in a unique cross-disciplinary environment which is often necessary to solve technologically important problems that often have relevance to answering specific industrial questions.
MII is a university-wide institute and reports to the Office of Vice President of Research. It is guided by a Stakeholders Committee currently headed by the Director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.
MII serves the research and education enterprise of Virginia Tech, with a focus on macromolecular materials and interfaces. MII is dedicated to advancing fundamental knowledge and technical innovations in macromolecular science and engineering through the synergistic pairing of interdisciplinary teams, impactful support of cutting-edge discoveries, valued partnerships with industry and national labs, and state-of-the-art education of our future leaders.
MII is committed to advancing the role of macromolecular materials in meeting the grand technological challenges of our global society. Through pioneering research and broad-based education, we will continue to strengthen our international reputation for excellence in macromolecular materials solutions to future challenges in health, sustainability, energy efficiency, national security, and advanced manufacturing.
The Macromolecules Innovation Institute is committed to fostering diverse instructional, research, and outreach environments. We endorse the principles and procedures established by: