Welcome to Illinois Institute of Technology!
The new year brings with it much promise and excitement as our new semester gets underway. Our dedicated faculty form the foundation of our academic community. I’d like to share the good news that three members were recently recognized with impressive professional honors.
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Regarded as a giant in the field of electric power engineering, Shahidehpour was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2016. College of Science Research Professor of Physics Ali Khounsary is another AAAS fellow. Recognized for his substantial contributions to particle physics and optics, Ali is a member of Illinois Tech’s Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation. Our third honoree is Hamid Arastoopour (M.S. GE ’75, Ph.D. ’78), Henry R. Linden Endowed Chair in Engineering and director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, who was named a 2016 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
We continue work on 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 develop 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.
Our university 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. Throughout the past century, we have become a campus rich in diversity, welcoming students from 100 countries and faculty from prestigious universities across the United States and around the world. 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