Welcome to Illinois Institute of Technology!
We recently welcomed our new students at Convocation, and now they and our returning students are filling Mies Campus as another academic year gets underway. They are joining a legacy of Illinois Tech graduates who have been recognized for innovations and discoveries that have changed the course of human history. We are proud of that legacy and of the contributions our graduates continue to make in fields ranging from engineering, science, architecture, and applied technology to business, law, design, and human sciences.
Our university also continues to be known for its commitment to access—making it possible for talented students, regardless of their family’s financial status, to achieve a world-class education. And throughout the past century, we have become a global campus, welcoming students from nearly 100 countries and faculty from prestigious universities across the country and around the world.
But it is to the future that we look. Research initiatives destined to make a meaningful difference in our communities and industries are underway here at Illinois Tech. The Nayar Prizes I and II, sponsored by an Illinois Tech alumnus, challenge our faculty and students to think big and come up with solutions to major societal problems. A major gift to our Department of Computer Science is allowing us to expand our facilities. Our planned Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, which promises to be an important node in Chicago’s tech ecosystem, is just one component of a larger effort to create a distinctive undergraduate educational experience. And the Illinois Tech Microgrid—the first energy-distribution system of its kind in the country—continues to evolve through industry and government partnerships.
Illinois Tech prepares students to anticipate, manage, and adapt to change through an educational experience that is rigorous in the classroom and broadening outside of the classroom. We expect our graduates to be successful professionals, comfortable in our global economy, and recognized as leaders in whatever future that they choose.
There is more we can and will accomplish. And I invite you to join us on our journey.
Alan W. Cramb