Greetings from Illinois Institute of Technology!
As our second semester of the 2019–2020 academic year approaches its midway point, we begin to reap many of the benefits of 2019, our best year of fundraising in the history of Illinois Tech.
Through a generous gift from faculty member Richard Conviser, our Conviser Law Center, home of Chicago-Kent College of Law, will be renamed the Conviser Law Center this April. A bequest in honor of the late George J. Kacek, who obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Illinois Tech, will be used to rename the former Bailey Hall student residence site, currently under renovation. State Street Village residence hall will be renamed John and Jeanne Rowe Village, thanks to a gift from Rowe, a University Regent, and his wife. Other important gifts from prominent Chicago leaders and longtime Illinois Tech supporters, including Craig J. Duchossois and his wife, Janet, and Michael P. Galvin (LAW ’78) and his wife, Elizabeth, will fund strategic priorities and facilities updates.
On the academic front, our faculty continue to excel and advance. A partial list of recent recognitions includes the 2019 Artificial Pancreas Award from the Diabetes Technology Society to Ali Cinar, director of the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education, for his research on multivariable artificial pancreas systems. Anita Nikolich, research professor of computer science, recently received two honors. A cybersecurity expert, she was named co-director of the collaborative National Science Foundation-funded FABRIC project to develop a new decentralized internet. Nikolich was also named inaugural director of Illinois Tech's Active Computational Thinking Center. The ACT was funded two years ago through a gift to the Department of Computer Science from Illinois Tech Trustee Chris Gladwin, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ocient.
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 93 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