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Groundbreaking Illinois Conference Center Expansion

Representatives from campus and community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Illinois Conference Center expansion on Monday, Nov. 25. 

The Conference Center expansion will add 32,500 square feet to the facility, nearly doubling its size. The $13 million project will include a 12,500 square foot exhibit hall and add roughly 140 parking spaces. The expansion will provide the campus and community with a dynamic event space that can hold more than 600 attendees at one time. 

Kingsley Osei-Asibey Explains Illini Football Data at Big Data Summit

Kingsley Osei-Asibey, Illini's Director of Analytics and Football Technology, spoke with Laura Bleill, Director of Communications and External Engagement of the Research Park, during the Fireside Chat of Big Data Summit 2019 on November 12.

Wired In Interview with Paul Francisco, Manager of University of Illinois' Indoor Climate Research and Training Program

Paul Francisco, manager of the University of Illinois' Indoor Climate Research and Training program, was featured in The News Gazette's Wired In on November 17, 2019. Originally, the program was part of the Research Park's Building Research Council, but now it continues to do weatherization training while studying energy efficiency and air quality. According to Francisco, he was inspired to look towards energy efficiency due to a former Seattle position.

AXIS and University of Illinois Host Climate Symposium

AXIS partnered with the University of Illinois to sponsor The Future of Insurance Symposium: Climate Risk & the Insurance Implications on November 8, 2019. Gathering in the I-Hotel, the symposium addressed climate risk from an array of angles, including the opportunities and challenges facing specialty insurers and global reinsurers.

Susan Martinis Named Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Research

On November 7, 2019, Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced that Susan A. Martinis accepted the offer to become the vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Martinis was appointed as interim vice chancellor for research in September 2017.


SNOOZ, an EnterpriseWorks graduate, raised $1.35 million in a seed round led by Serra Ventures.

Founded in 2015 by Matthew Snyder and Eli Lazar, SNOOZ  has developed a white noise machine designed to improve sleep. The product is designed for both the hospitality industry and at-home use.  Lazar is an alumus of the University of Illinois, where he studied Mechanical Science and Engineering. 


EnterpriseWorks graduate Personify landed in the top 10 on Crain's Chicago's Most Innovative Companies list. The company was named number 4, but this isn't the first time Personify has appeared on the Most Innovative Companies list. Crain's Chicago Business named Personify tenth on the list in 2018.


Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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EnterpriseWorks graduate, Serionix was featured in the NASA's 2019 Edition of Spinoff, an annual publication that features commerical technologies that have origins to NASA-backed research. Serionix was founded in 2011 by two Materials Science and Engineering PhD students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.