Greetings from Illinois Institute of Technology. With spring break behind us, many of our students are in the Commencement homestretch. To add to the excitement on Main Campus, Illinois Tech continues to move forward in the public phase of our six-year fundraising effort, Fueling Innovation: The Campaign for IIT. The campaign captures the university's unique promise to produce innovative graduates through IIT's distinctive education program as well as to address urgent global challenges through innovative research and scholarship.
One of the projects that will benefit from the campaign is the anticipated Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. In spring 2014, IIT received a $10 million challenge grant to help build the 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, which will offer students and faculty a centralized structure to promote innovation, transition novel ideas into products and processes, and serve as a hub for various entrepreneurship initiatives. It will also be the new home for our hallmark Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program, the Idea Shop, the Leadership Academy, the Knapp Entrepreneurship Academy, and IIT’s acclaimed Institute of Design. John Ronan, award-winning architect and IIT professor, is heading the building's design efforts.
As one of the Midwest's top Ph.D.-granting universities, IIT is committed to the advancement of the human condition through quality teaching and research. Through our schools of engineering, science, design, architecture, law, business, human sciences, and applied technology, we are educating students to excel in a complex global society. Our faculty research initiatives are addressing some of the most compelling topics of our time, from hybrid vehicles and biomedicine to personal privacy and high-speed financial trading.
The university is committed to developing and fostering a climate of inclusiveness, with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. I have appointed a committee, representative of every part of the university, to review our commitment to diversity and develop implementation plans for the goals for diversity set forth in our strategic plan. More information will be coming from the committee as it progresses in its work.
I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about the people—students, faculty, and staff—that make Illinois Tech distinct, different, and driven to excel.
John L. Anderson