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IIT Provost Dr. Alan Cramb

Welcome to Illinois Institute of Technology!

Two members of our Illinois Tech community recently received a great honor: induction into the National Academy of Engineering. They are Sam Pitroda (M.S. EE ’66), chairman of The Pitroda Group, “for development of rural telecommunications infrastructure for India,” and Mohammad Shahidehpour, Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation, “for contributions to the optimal scheduling of generation in a deregulated electricity market with variable renewable energy sources.” We congratulate them and know that they serve to inspire our students by their dedication and continued passion for their chosen fields.      

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. 

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. Throughout the past century, we have become a campus rich in diversity, welcoming students from nearly 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