Motorola Solutions Foundation Increases Support for Illinois Institute of Technology Interprofessional Projects Program


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Chicago, IL — September 20, 2017 —

The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. has increased its annual support of Illinois Institute of Technology with a $60,000 “Innovation Generation Grant.” Through the grant, Illinois Tech’s Interprofessional Projects program, also known as IPRO, will partner with other Chicago-area Innovation Generation Grant recipients on a project entitled IPRO NxtGen 2017: Exploring the Convergence of STEM Education, Big Data Science & Public Safety to Inspire Collaborative Innovation.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Illinois Tech, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

“The grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation, which has increased by 20 percent from last year, shows that local business leaders support Illinois Tech’s innovative work in STEM education,” said Thomas Jacobius, director of IPRO operations and external relations.

Established in 1995, the Interprofessional Project course became the first-of-its-kind to embed interdisciplinary project-centered team learning experiences within the core education requirements of a university. It brings together students from different disciplines, such as design, psychology, and engineering, to work on a problem in an open-ended setting. With the help of the grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation, in 2017-18, IPRO will collaborate with the Field Museum in their research and education outreach efforts, the Bronzeville Chicago Public Library branch to redesign its space and services, and public safety organizations that offer youth development and first responder services.

With support over the years from the Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant program, Illinois Tech has improved and enhanced its IPRO program. “Our distinctive Interprofessional Project (IPRO) course integrates the power of teams with user-centered design methods,” said Jacobius. “Because of the Foundation’s support, IPRO teams have also been able to incorporate the latest data science techniques into their approaches to problem-solving.”

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the LGTBQ community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Illinois Institute of Technology,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as to enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs.”


The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website:

About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused, research university, located in Chicago, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.