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From Zero to $2.7 Billion

One might say a triumph was front-loaded. When With Illinois officially kicked off in the fall of 2017, approximately 45 percent of the campaign’s ambitious $2.25 billion goal had already been secured through a...

Distant Relatives

In science, as in all of life, there are matters a posteriori—meaning they have to be proved—and matters a priori—which is to say, self-evident. That U of I Professor Alfred (Al) Roca is partial...

Robert Brunner

Disruptor-in-Chief

When Robert Brunner, Ph.D., says new technologies aren’t rocket science, he speaks from experience—he holds a doctoral degree in astrophysics and was professor of astronomy before coming to the Gies College of Business in...

Mihir Vardhan

Illinois Shines in The College Tour

Mihir Vardhan, a freshman electrical engineering major from Haryana, India, has something to tell the world about the University of Illinois: “It’s about studying what you’re passionate about, in the most amazing labs...

Way of the Sensei

Shozo Sato, HON ’99, still remembers the searchlights sweeping across the sky over Osaka, Japan, in 1945. Then came the B-29 bombers. “I could hear the planes coming in, the very deep propeller sounds,”...