Innovation in Progress
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Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
From the outset, it was expected that the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will be recognized for the synergy of its educational initiatives. It will also be the physical manifestation of a transformed curriculum driven by applied creativity.
With a focus on innovative thinking and transitioning new ideas into products and processes, the Kaplan Institute will house unique facilities and equipment for implementing novel, educational, and entrepreneurial strategies. Its workshops, media labs, classrooms, collaborative hubs, emerging technologies, and “maker spaces” will also enhance the activities of Illinois Tech’s groundbreaking IPRO initiative, Entrepreneurship Academy, Jules Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, and Idea Shop. It will be the new home of the Institute of Design on our Mies Campus. ID’s pioneering design thinking will be incorporated into courses taught in the institute.
Ed Kaplan, an IIT alumnus and long-time member of the university’s Board of Trustees, along with his wife, Carol, made a gift of $11 million to establish the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology. $10 million of the gift comprises a challenge grant to support this initiative.
Kaplan, a Chicagoan who earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Tech in 1965, co-founded Zebra Technologies, a global leader in bar code technology.