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Oversight Committee

The Nayar Prize at Illinois Institute of Technology is authorized and governed by an Oversight Committee composed of the Nayar Family Foundation’s president or his designated representative(s), the president and/or provost of Illinois Tech, and any additional people they feel are appropriate to engage. The Oversight Committee is responsible for determining the scope and focus of the Nayar Prize at Illinois Institute of Technology challenge and ultimately for deciding whether a team has met its metrics and benchmarks, thus justifying the awarding of the prize.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee(s) for Nayar Prizes at Illinois Institute of Technology is appointed by and reports to the Oversight Committee. The Steering Committee(s) provides strategic direction to the Nayar Prize at Illinois Institute of Technology; its members choose all teams that receive funding (both Phase 1 and Phase 2). In addition, its members regularly assess the progress of each team and decide upon the metrics and benchmarks that must be achieved in order for the Nayar Prize to be awarded. The Steering Committee(s) also  makes an initial recommendation to the Oversight Committee regarding whether those metrics and benchmarks have been met.

Nayar Prize I Steering Committee

Kathleen Brandenburg (M.Des. ’98)
Founder, Chief Design Strategy Officer, IA Collaborative

Peter Kilpatrick
Illinois Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Martin Cooper (EE ’50, M.S. ’57)
Chairman, Dyna, LLC; Illinois Tech Life Trustee

Chris Gladwin (Phase 1)
Founder, Cleversafe; Illinois Tech Trustee

Kiersten Muenchinger
Associate Professor, Program Director for Product Design, University of Oregon

Ralph Wanger
Owner, RW Investments; Illinois Tech University Regent

Nayar Prize II Steering Committee

Peter Kilpatrick
Illinois Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

David Van Eekeren
Chief Executive Officer and President, Land O' Frost, Inc., Illinois Tech Trustee

Richard Lariviere
President and Chief Executive Officer, Field Museum

David Miniat
President and Chief Executive Officer, Miniat Holdings, LLC, Illinois Tech Trustee

Andreas Roelofs
Founding Director, Chain Reaction Innovations and Nano Design Works, Argonne National Laboratory

Maryam Saleh
Vice President, Programs, Matter