Message from Leadership

Pradeep Khanna


The Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) is thankful for the opportunity to serve our more than 460 corporate partners in 2021. They help our students gain vital experiential learning and support groundbreaking research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2021, our corporate partners invested $133 million on our campus. 12,914 unique employers hired from Illinois. Our corporate partners are also important members of our vibrant innovation ecosystem.

The OCR acts as a one-stop-shop for companies that come to Illinois. We serve student engagement, branding and sponsorship, targeted research, innovation and tech transfer and professional education needs of companies. Illinois is always at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research. In recent years, the university launched several new research initiatives to address global challenges that face our society today, including the Center for Autonomy, the Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Center for Digital Agriculture.

We look forward to another year of successful corporate partnerships in 2023!

Pradeep Khanna
Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate Relations and Economic Development
at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign