Beckman Faculty Members Elected CAS Professors

Congratulations to Beckman faculty members John Rogers, Klaus Schulten, and Jonathan Sweedler, who were recently elected Center for Advanced Study (CAS) professors, one of the highest forms of recognition on the University of Illinois campus.

The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) supports the extraordinary human and physical resources of the University of Illinois by encouraging and promoting exemplary scholarship in all areas of knowledge. One of the primary missions of the Center is to identify the very best scholars at the University. CAS Professors are permanent members of the center, appointed after a rigorous nomination and election process.  

Rogers is a Founder Professor of Engineering in the University of Illinois departments of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry. He is a full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group. His research interests are in the science and engineering of unconventional, "soft" materials--polymers, small molecules, fluids, carbon nanotubes--and in the development of unusual ways for patterning them with micron and nanometer resolution--printing, molding, near field photolithography.

Schulten is Swanlund Professor of Physics and is also affiliated with the Department of Chemistry as well as with the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute and directs the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group. His professional interests are theoretical physics and theoretical biology. His current research focuses on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, and on the development of non-equilibrium statistical mechanical descriptions and efficient computing tools for structural biology.

Sweedler is a Lycan Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the Bioengineering Program, the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, the Neuroscience Program, is the director of the University of Illinois Biotechnology Center, and is a part-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute's NeuroTech group. His fields of professional interest are the neurochemistry of neuropeptides and indoleamines, and the development of new technology for assaying the cellular microenvironment using capillary separations, single cell mass spectrometry, and nanoliter volume NMR spectroscopy.

CAS Professors deliver the annual lecture and serve on the Research Appointments Committee, charged with selecting the CAS Associates and Fellows.