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Alumni and Friends:

During National Engineers Week, we’re proud to celebrate the things we dedicate ourselves to every day: increasing interest in engineering and technology and ensuring a future that’s filled with diverse, well-educated engineers and computer scientists.

 Auto Show
 UIC Motorsports presented at the Chicago Auto Show for the sixth year in a row.

This year, we kicked off National Engineers Week with an alumni event at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which featured race cars designed and built by our UIC Motorsports team (the UIC College of Engineering’s chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers), and on Saturday we’ll host our third annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, a special program for high school students presented by the College’s Women in Engineering Programs.

See more photos from the Chicago Auto Show here.

We have much progress to celebrate in the College. Application numbers are on the rise again, with the total number of prospective freshmen at 4100, which is 14.53 percent more than last year. We are still accepting applications for transfer students until April 2, but the current number of prospective transfer students is at 431, which is 9.95 percent more than this same week last year. This expected growth follows the ten-year trend of our enrollment consistently outpacing national percentages—more than doubling since 2007.

Engineering Innovation Building Rendering 
The Engineering Innovation Building, to be located at the southeast corner of Taylor and Morgan Streets. 

In November 2017, we held a groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other special guests for the Engineering Innovation Building (EIB)—one of two new Engineering buildings coming on campus in the near future. The EIB will be a 50,500 square foot facility that will house UIC’s Department of Chemical Engineering, a structural testing facility for UIC’s Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, and labs and offices for UIC’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. It's projected to be completed by the spring of 2019.

 Computing, Design, Research and Learning Center Rendering
 The Computing, Design, Research and Learning Center, to be located on Taylor Street immediately adjacent to the Engineering Research Facility.

Plans for the Computing, Design, Research and Learning Center (CDRLC) also continue to be underway. The CDRLC will be a 168,000 square foot facility that will house UIC’s Department of Computer Science as well as interdisciplinary student design space and instructional space for approximately 60 percent of all UIC Engineering classes upon completion. The CDRLC is expected to break ground in late 2018 and will be completed by 2021.

Read more about the two new buildings here.

Miiri Kotche 
Dr. Miiri Kotche at the VTT Technical Research Center in Helsinki, Finland, where she is studying user-centered product design that intersects technology and health care delivery. 

Our faculty continue to make significant contributions in research, with current research grants totaling more than $83.9M. Each year, they win many awards from a variety of organizations. A few of the College's recent winners include: Clinical Associate Professor Miiri Kotche, who won a Fulbright Scholar Award; Professors Danilo Erricolo, James Patton, and Venkat Venkatakrishnan, who won the UIC University Scholar Award for their superior research and teaching; Professor Bing Liu, who was named a UIC Distinguished Professor for his scholarship, creativity, and leadership; Associate Professor Houshang Darabi and Clinical Professor Dale Reed, who won the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Professor Isabel Cruz, who was awarded the UIC Distinguished Researcher Award for her record of outstanding achievement.

As we celebrate these achievements and a week dedicated to emphasizing the importance of engineering, math, science, and technical skills, we continue to be resolute in upholding our mission to provide access to excellence, helping to propel our graduates into the upper middle class and beyond with the education and career preparation they receive at UIC.  

Happy National Engineers Week!