Greetings from Illinois Institute of Technology!
Fall is rapidly coming to an end and so, too, our first semester of the 2019–2020 academic year. Perhaps our most exciting news of the semester came in the form of a combined $150 million gift to Illinois Tech—the largest cumulative gift in the university’s history—from generous local leaders and visionaries who see Illinois Tech as a key driver in Chicago’s tech future.
The donors include prominent Chicago leaders and longtime Illinois Tech supporters, including Craig J. and Janet Duchossois, Michael P. Galvin (LAW ’78) and his wife, Elizabeth, and John W. and Jeanne Rowe. The gifts will fund scholarships and new campus facilities. Contributors also include alumni such as the late George J. Kacek (EE ’54, M.S. ’55), for whom a newly renovated residential hall will be named.
This landmark combined gift is a profound investment in our continued role as Chicago’s tech university.
The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship continues to thrive. Designed by College of Architecture Professor John Ronan and headed by Executive Director Howard A. Tullman, the institute was the site of the recent Obama Foundation Summit as well as a presentation by ABC Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary as part of the Mesirow Luminaries Speakers Series.
Earlier this year at the Kaplan Institute, a special event was held to announce that the ADEPT Cancer Imager Team received the final $500,000 award of the Nayar Prize I. The Nayar Family Foundation established a $1 million gift to fund the Nayar Prize to challenge Illinois Tech faculty, staff, and students to develop breakthrough, innovative projects that will, within three years, produce meaningful results with a societal impact. The foundation subsequently established Nayar Prize II and the finalist team of this second prize—the Data-Driven Crime Prevention team—is continuing efforts on that project.
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