I am delighted to join such an outstanding university as Illinois Institute of Technology.
As you may know, for the last 10-plus years I have served as the McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. And before that I was fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and do research in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University for nearly 25 years. Throughout that time, and throughout my travels across the nation and around the world, I have had many opportunities to learn about—and from—Illinois Tech’s many talented faculty, students, and alumni.
Part of what makes Illinois Tech so special is its ongoing mission to bring the promise of science, technology, engineering, and professional education to all people, especially those who are the first in their families to go to college, and to the most underserved. We were founded on that mission nearly 130 years ago, and we continue to meet that mission each day. Our graduates consistently lead the state in earnings, we are second in the nation in overall economic mobility among selective universities, and our alumni continue to create solutions for some of the world’s most pressing and important challenges.
I am also very pleased to be joining a university that brings science and technology to life by making it possible to learn by discovering, inventing, creating, and translating. Illinois Tech is in the unique position of being the only tech-focused university in the great global city of Chicago. And this is a university that embodies the formal definition of technology: our faculty, students, and staff are dedicated to the useful application of knowledge for the betterment of humankind.
Finally, I am enthusiastic about the many new initiatives at Illinois Tech, including the new Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, which will advance Illinois Tech’s commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning, and to fueling prosperity in the city of Chicago.
As provost, I look forward to helping lead the way by encouraging the collaboration, coordination, and esprit de corps among all of our colleges, schools, and institutes that will be necessary to drive truly innovative thinking. Our university community must continue to embrace these values as we navigate the next few decades of American higher education, which are certain to be times of great change.
Thank you for your many valued contributions to Illinois Tech. I look forward to meeting and partnering with each of you as we continue the important mission of our university.
Peter Kilpatrick, Provost
Illinois Institute of Technology