Category: Q&A

Catalyst Conversations: Kaplan Institute Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Catalyst Conversations: Kaplan Institute Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Q&A WITH MARYAM SALEH Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship,  Illinois Institute of Technology   In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Maryam Saleh, Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. We discuss the Kaplan Institute under her […]

Catalyst Conversations: The Future of Quantum in Chicago

Catalyst Conversations: The Future of Quantum in Chicago

In May’s Catalyst, we partnered with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to explore the evolving landscape of Quantum Information Science (QIS)—including how Illinois researchers are learning to harness the technology and building relationships with industry along the way. Beyond CQE, there are several other supporting organizations helping to position Illinois as an important hub for […]

Catalyst Conversations: Solving the Computer Science Teacher Shortage in Illinois

Catalyst Conversations: Solving the Computer Science Teacher Shortage in Illinois

Q&A WITH RAYA HEGEMAN-DAVIS   Illinois Secondary Teacher Education and Computer Science Initiative (I-STECS)   On September 20, the inaugural Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit was hosted at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The Summit, spearheaded by the Illinois Secondary Teacher Education and Computer Science […]

Catalyst Conversations: MxD’s Next Five Years

Catalyst Conversations: MxD’s Next Five Years

Q&A WITH CHANDRA BROWN Executive Director at MxD In late September 2018, DMDII got a new Executive Director, Chandra Brown. Less than six months later. DMDII announced $10 million in new funding and a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense worth up to $60 million. This was followed by the news that UI Labs […]

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: Inside Illinois Tech’s New Innovation Space

Catalyst Conversations: Inside Illinois Tech’s New Innovation Space

Q&A WITH HOWARD TULLMAN Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship,  Illinois Institute of Technology   In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with the Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. We discuss goals for the new Institute, the role of universities […]

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 […]