• DirectorNik Rokop, Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of Master of Technological Entrepreneurship program
  • Associate DirectorTyler McQuality, Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Adjunct Professor of Sports Business and Sports History

Core Faculty

The Center for Sports Innovation partners with numerous academic units across the university. Current faculty members who have committed to the Center and their respective areas of expertise include:

  • Abhinav Bhushan—Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Chemical and biochemical measurements: inflammation and metabolic diseases
  • Britt Burton-Freeman—Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, Chair, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Director, Center for Nutrition Research
    Nutrition, performance, diabetes
  • Ali Cinar—Hyosung S. R. Cho Endowed Chair in Engineering; Professor, Chemical Engineering; Director, Center for Diabetes Research and Education
    Performance testing, diabetes, nutrition
  • Natacha DePaola—Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director, Illinois Tech Digital Medical Engineering and Technology Research and Education Center (IDMET)
    Research physical mechanisms on cellular behavior, the development of new therapies, and the engineering of functional tissues
  • Jeremy Hajek—Industry Associate Professor, Information Technology and Management
    Smart technology, AR/VR
  • Eun-Jeong Lee—Professor, Psychology
    Co-existing disability and mental health issues, Positive psychology and wellness among people with chronic illness and disability
  • Arlen Moller—Associate Professor of Psychology
    Performance, gaming, mental health, AR/VR
  • Georgia Papavasiliou—Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Biomedical engineering, emulsions, hydrogels
  • Zach Pino—Associate Professor, Institute of Design
    Designs feature modularity, sonic and optical effects, and kinetic mechanisms
  • Bo Rodda—Professor of Practice, Institute of Design, Faculty Director, Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Labs, IPRO Program
    IPRO Labs, design creativity, AR/VR
  • Priyanka Sharma—Associate Professor of Economics
    Finance, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization, Applied Game Theory
  • Matthew Spenko—Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Robotics Lab
    Robotics, mechanical design, controls
  • Ankit Srivastava—Associate Professor, Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
    Soft robotics, digital twins of facilities, AR/VR
  • Fouad Teymour—S.C. Johnson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics
    Polymer engineering, nonlinear dynamics
  • Yan Yan—Assistant Professor of Computer Science
    Computer vision, machine learning, bioinformatics, multimedia