Letter from the Director

Matthew B. Francis

Chair, Department of Chemistry

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

To be successful in designing innovative technologies within chemical, pharmaceutical, information technologies, and advanced engineering industries, today’s graduates must possess fundamental knowledge in computational science, software engineering, data science, machine learning, and leadership and management skills through hands-on experience. Our new Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) degree program is an exciting and novel way to address industry’s increasing demands while offering students flexibility.

The fully online, part-time degree is designed for academically exceptional students with degrees in a STEM field who want to get hands-on experience to join the multidisciplinary world of high-performance computing (HPC), molecular science, software engineering, big data analytics, and entrepreneurship. The MSSE program will provide the practical skills for those who want to design, develop, and implement solutions and strategies to produce technologies that benefit industry, government and society. This program combines the immense intellectual strengths of the College of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the Fung Institute at UC Berkeley. It allows its students to learn from UC Berkeley’s top-notch faculty and to acquire the relevant skills and experience that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

We designed the program to provide students with a unique opportunity to integrate classroom learning with hands-on applications through capstone projects designed in collaboration with the industry and government labs. Our partners include those in the Silicon Valley, in pharmaceutical, material science and synthetic biology industries, and in AI companies. Furthermore, we are very fortunate to have a close relationship with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its world class expertise, equipment, and facilities, which include one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

A central mission of MSSE is to develop a diverse workforce, with a special emphasis on increasing the involvement of women and underrepresented minorities as next generation leaders in computational science and software engineering.

I am proud and excited that the we have committed ourselves to providing a much-needed educational offering that is interdisciplinary, novel, and innovative, and led by some of the world’s foremost educators in this field. I look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley!

Matthew B. Francis

Chair, Department of Chemistry