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Laura Frerichs Pritzker Economic Development

Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton today named University of Illinois Research Park Director Laura Frerichs co-chair of the transition's Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.

In addition to Frerichs, the Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee will be chaired by Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council President Omar Duque, Illinois Medical District CEO and Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney and Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter. It will consist of 37 members.


EnterpriseWorks graduate, Lightform, has been named the 2018 Winner of Digital Design of the Year. Unlike most augmented reality tools, Lightform LF1 allows users with basic design knowledge to produce content using only video projectors.

The judges noted LF1's innovative capabilities. "This digital design encourages creativity and conviviality. It’s a great tool that democratises the use of AR, opening it up to people of all backgrounds, not just designers." 


The holidays are approaching, and gift-giving can be hard. Luckily, there are companies right here at the Research Park with commercial products on the market perfect for your loved ones. Here's what’s available now.



The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will break ground on a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility for the Fighting Illini baseball program thanks to a $3 million donation by Suzie Atkins. The new facility will take the name of the Susan and Clint Atkins Baseball Training Center.


On November 14, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the 2018 recipients of its Sustainability Leadership Awards. Two Research Park companies, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Agrible along with General Mills, Inc. were awarded the 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award.


John Deere and Granular have recently released Profit Maps, a free tool to assist farmers in viewing average cost, revenue, and profit map layers at the subfield level. Farmers will now be able to view subfield level profitability more quickly and easily because of Granular's combination of power of machine and production data in the Operations Center. 


COUNTRY Financial looks to University of Illinois' iSchool for top talent in hiring interns for their DigitaLab. Anmol Gandhi and Tanvi Malhotra are both student interns working at the DigitaLab. Gandhi was recently nominated for the Research Park's Most Outstanding Graduate Student Intern. Both students received nominations for Most Competent and Collaborative Team awards. 

Interns find this internship a perfect balance between machine learning models and associating a business value with them. This knowledge is based on all they have learned in iSchool classes.


EnterpriseWorks graduate Personify was named in the top 10 of Crain's Chicago's Most Innovative Companies


On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the Caterpillar Inc. facility was rededicated at Research Park. Caterpillar is the most tenured corporate partner in the Research Park and is a longstanding strategic partner of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in research, student engagement, and philanthropy.


The University strongly encourages entrepreneurship by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The Daily Illini recently recognized the University of Illinois for its many resources offered to aid in entrepreneurship.