Success Stories

AXIS and Gies Business partner to increase talent in the insurance industry

“We’re so proud to extend this partnership with AXIS, a company that stands for leadership and excellence in risk management,” said Jeffrey R. Brown, Dean of the Gies College of Business. “Their continued support helps us better prepare our students with invaluable opportunities and experiences in this industry. It also enables our top faculty to research the industry’s most pressing issues and develop solutions that can make an immediate impact.”

FOCUS Program Launched in Fall 2021

The FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity, Community, and Unwavering Support for Underrepresented First-Generation Students) scholars program launched in the Fall 2021 semester. The first cohort of 15 talented undergraduate students were granted a $2,500 scholarship to mitigate the financial burden of participation over two semesters. This was made possible by the generous funding and support of our corporate sponsors American Family Insurance and Synchrony Financial. 

American Family Insurance is partnering with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to fund diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus.

Through its partnership with the University of Illinois, American Family is making investments in the following campus diversity and inclusion programs: The Diversity Partners FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity, Community, and Unwavering Support), Illinois Reboot, and the IBC (Illinois Business Consulting).

Champaign-Urbana’s Economic Development Efforts Should Target Three Clusters – AgTech, MedTech and Manufacturing

“Those of us who call Champaign-Urbana home know what a vibrant community we live in,” said Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “As we deliberately plan for economic recovery and a post-pandemic future, this visionary report reflects a strong collaboration between the University and the broader community. Identifying AgTech, MedTech, and Manufacturing clusters brings together our respective strengths in innovation and positions us for exciting new opportunities.”

University of Illinois Research Park and American Family Insurance launch Illinois Reboot

Illinois Reboot is a free, live virtual course created and presented by the University of Illinois Research Park and powered with sponsorship support by American Family Insurance. It will provide participants with a foundation in data science literacy, along with coaching and mentoring from local tech professionals.

Gies Disruption Lab Launches with E&Y as Founding Partner

Global challenges are changing business and society in unpredictable ways and with accelerating speed. Clearly, it’s no longer business as usual, and the future depends on leaders who have the skills, agility, and creativity to anticipate disruptive events and forge new paths. The Disruption Lab is here to cultivate those leaders. With the support of founding partner Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), we present students with a transformational opportunity to think differently and challenge the status quo.

IBM and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Plan to Launch New Discovery Accelerator

This planned collaboration will be centered in the creation of the new IBM-Illinois Discovery Accelerator Institute, housed within The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). It will be funded by a ten-year planned research investment from IBM and UIUC, complemented by a major new building project which will house research activities in quantum information, high-performance computing, hybrid cloud and networked environments with support from the State of Illinois, bringing total investments to more than $200 million.

Verizon Accelerates 5G Research and Development with 5G Innovation Hub at University of Illinois Research Park

Verizon Business continues to accelerate the development of real-world 5G use cases with the rollout of its latest 5G Innovation Hub at the University of Illinois Research Park. Students, startups and large corporations will now be able to develop and test 5G-enabled solutions at the Research Park’s headquarters.

bp Spark at Research Park at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Sparking New Ideas

Students in the program work closely with bp experts to develop proof-of-concept prototypes for digital solutions ranging from big data and machine learning to cloud computing. Projects cover multiple disciplines, including basic market and technology research, data analytics and visualization, user-interface analysis and software development.

Illinois rapid saliva test for COVID-19

The testing protocol developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign directly detects the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in saliva samples.

Synchrony’s partnership with the Datathon at Illinois - Creative ways it engages talent

Synchrony has been a lead sponsor for the event and an active host since the event’s inception, engaging with the statistics department and its very active student organization.

“You have to go to where the talent is,” said Carol Juel, executive vice president and chief information officer at Synchrony Financial, in the Wall Street Journal’s article, “Companies Get Creative in Hunt for AI Talent”.

The partnership came about thanks to Synchrony’s highly engaged Research Park innovation center, where the company  has hired dozens of students.

John Deere donates combine to support career-focused student experiences

John Deere often works with seniors on capstone design projects and offers internships for students to experience what working at John Deere would involve.

Genective Opens Global Headquarters at University of Illinois Research Park

Genective, a joint venture established between Limagrain and KWS to develop transgenic traits for corn, opened its global headquarters today at the University of Illinois Research Park.

How is ExxonMobil using supercomputers?

For over 30 years, NCSA Industry has helped innovative organizations overcome their biggest obstacles. Today, we partner with ExxonMobil to tackle big questions and provide meaningful results in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to genome mapping to autonomous transportation—all supported by our eight-time HPCWire Award-winning team of experts and delivered on advanced computing resources.

ADM invests $2.5 M towards Illinois Feed Technology Center

The Archer Daniels Midland Company today announced a $2.5-million gift to assist with funding construction of the Feed Technology Center, a key asset that will advance educational and research opportunities within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, and will advance animal agriculture and companion animal nutrition across the globe.

EnterpriseWorks Verizon 5G Innovation Hub

Ed Tech Magazine’s Summer 2021 edition features a two-page spread telling the story of the Verizon 5G Innovation Hub at Research Park. 

The article details how the hub because the first of its kind on a college campus, and discusses the advantages of the hub for both the private sector and university researchers.

Illinois RapidVent

Working prototype of an emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients. Belkin has announced plans to produce FlexVent, based on the Illinois RapidVent design.

Gies College of Business Executive Education

Leading-edge programs delivered online, in-person, or customized for your organization. 

Our commitment to developing and providing transformative educational experiences does not stop with a degree. The changing world of business requires leaders who continually evolve to meet new challenges. Professional and Executive Education at Gies College of Business provides continuing education that empowers senior executives, managers, and all lifelong learners to achieve their potential.

Professionals credit robust online master’s work with ag career successes

The Department of Crop Sciences at Illinois has offered master’s degrees since the university’s earliest days. But, recognizing the unique needs of professionals wishing to advance their careers, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that the department started offering its first distance-learning option. Back then, the program primarily targeted professionals in traditional agricultural careers: seed salespeople, crop advisors, and the like. But agriculture has made some seismic shifts in the past 40 years.

Synchrony Diversity Pilot Program Engages Minority and First-Generation Students

Synchrony has invested in a Diversity Pilot program in an effort to engage more directly with our minority and first-generation students and to improve their recruiting efforts for a more diverse talent pipeline.

Partners for more than 35 years: State Farm and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

State Farm is a large group of insurance and financial services companies through the U.S. and for more than 35 years, they have invested in academic programming, student assistance, and campus branding at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They generously sponsor many programs through scholarships and gifts such as Masters in Statistics - MAGNet Internships, Actuarial Sciences, Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research, and many more. 

Grainger Engineering Professional Programs Offer Advanced Training Opportunities

The Grainger College of Engineering’s Professional Programs are now offering short courses and custom programs, in addition to our professional master’s programs, designed to develop competence across any level of an organization. Through engagement with leaders in engineering research and education, professionals receive advanced training and practical experience with state-of-the-art tools and techniques. 

Discover Partners Institute Connects Industry and Research

The Discover Partners Institute is an interdisciplinary public-private research institute that is led by the University of Illinois system. DPI will host hundreds of world-class faculty, staff, and entrepreneurs, students, and companies, venture capital firms, state and community organizations who will live and work side-by-side in a beautiful, 62-acre site on the Chicago River in Chicago.