Category: Catalyst

Catalyst Conversations: mHUB’s Rapid Growth and What’s Next

Catalyst Conversations: mHUB’s Rapid Growth and What’s Next

Q&A WITH HAVEN ALLEN CEO and Co-founder at mHUB This month marks two years since Chicago makerspace mHUB opened its doors. Since then, mHUB’s community of entrepreneurs, manufacturing mentors, industry experts and investors has grown exponentially. In just two years, mHUB has grown to more than 240 member companies—while helping those companies raise more than […]

Beyond the Index: University of Illinois City Scholars Highlights Chicago to Tech Grads

Beyond the Index: University of Illinois City Scholars Highlights Chicago to Tech Grads

Q&A WITH SMIT PATEL University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign senior in computer engineering and City Scholars participant Despite the common narrative that most of the state’s top tech talent leaves Illinois, ISTC analysis through the Illinois Innovation Index shows the Illinois’ recent computer science graduates are 4.5 times more likely to work in Chicago than […]

Catalyst Conversations: Advancing Science on a Liberal Arts Campus

Catalyst Conversations: Advancing Science on a Liberal Arts Campus

Q&A WITH STEPHEN SCHUTT President of Lake Forest College In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Lake Forest College President Stephen Schutt. Lake Forest College is one of ISTC’s newest members and a place of growing excellence in research, science education, and entrepreneurship. It’s not unusual for students at the four-year liberal arts school to […]

Catalyst Conversations: NIU & Discover Launch Exciting Campus Initiative

Catalyst Conversations: NIU & Discover Launch Exciting Campus Initiative

Q&A WITH GERALD C. BLAZEY, Ph.D Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships;  Northern Illinois University In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Northern Illinois University Vice President Gerald C. Blazey, Ph.D, to discuss NIU and Discover Financial Services’ new campus collaborative innovation opportunity, Discover Campus Innovator Program, launching this fall.   Tell us about […]

Employers Guiding STEM Talent: 2nd Annual Employer Summit Recap

Employers Guiding STEM Talent: 2nd Annual Employer Summit Recap

On June 12th, the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) and NIU’s Education Systems Center hosted our 2nd STEM Employer Summit focused on STEM talent pipeline development and building effective learning partnerships in Illinois. Employers and stakeholders discussed best practices for impactful talent development models through K-20 mentorship, internships, and college apprenticeships. Speakers shared their […]

How Corporate-High School Partnerships Cultivate Illinois Innovation

How Corporate-High School Partnerships Cultivate Illinois Innovation

BY ISTC Board Chair Shelley Stern Grach, Director, Civic Engagement for Microsoft Chicago For the past five years, Microsoft has participated in ISTI’s STEM Challenge program to authentically engage with Chicago Public School students by presenting a technology challenge that allows students to develop their own innovations under the guidance of Microsoft mentors. Microsoft deepened its […]