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The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will provide new educational experiences for students with an emphasis on creative thinking in addition to analysis. The Ed Kaplan Family Institute will offer spaces dedicated to interdisciplinary thought and action, acting as a bridge between IIT’s classrooms and University Technology Park. It will also promote interactions and collaborations among people from different disciplines and walks of life, from first year undergraduates to Ph.D. students and professors to technical professionals and entrepreneurial business people.

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) intends to build a 100,000-square-foot Innovation Center. The state-of-the art building will house workshops and media labs and offer students and faculty a centralized facility with a singular purpose of promoting the basic elements of innovation and transitioning new ideas into products and processes.

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute will also feature:

  • Computer labs and media stations to facilitate the creation of mobile apps, digital videos, interactive games, 3D models, animation, and eBooks and;
  • An electrical workshop to create circuitry and electronic-components;
  • A materials workshop and lab that includes fabrication and rapid prototyping equipment to facilitate the production of models in wood, metal, acrylics, and wax;
  • Flexible space with movable walls that can be configured in multiple ways.

As home to the IPRO Program and Idea Shop, the Innovation Center is where IIT students will apply what they have learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems with industry, government, and non-profit sponsors. The students gain valuable experience working within interdisciplinary teams to create products and take them to market, solve technology problems in the developing world, develop new educational initiatives and other solutions for Chicago, Illinois, and beyond.