Paulina Rincon-Delgadillo graduated June 14 with the first doctoral degree in molecular engineering from the University of Chicago. A dual-degree student, Rincon-Delgadillo is receiving a second doctorate, in electrical engineering, from Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven.
“One of the most amazing things about Paulina is her adventurous spirit,” said Paul Nealey, the Brady Dougan Professor in Molecular Engineering. Her work with Nealey took her first to Wisconsin, then Belgium, and finally to Chicago. “It’s entirely appropriate that she’s the first graduate of the Institute for Molecular Engineering. That’s totally in line with the way that her PhD has progressed in general.”
Her path to the PhD was trailblazing, Nealey noted, one that required “strength of will and perseverance” to traverse successfully.
“It’s a big honor for me to be able to be the first one,” said Rincon-Delgadillo, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. The title of her dissertation is “Origin of defects in directed self-assembly of block copolymers using feature multiplication.”
Rincon-Delgadillo received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Guadalajara, Mexico. She worked in the private sector for five years before moving to the United States for graduate study.