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Research

Illinois Tech—home of the country’s first research nuclear reactor and the nation's first functional microgrid—is known for advanced research that is moving the needle toward significant innovation.

A fertile imagination may be the spark that ignites the creative research genius, but a nurturing and opportunity-filled environment is the kindling that sets the spark ablaze. From its founding in 1890, Illinois Institute of Technology has been inspiring student and faculty researchers to see beyond the visible, to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to stretch the powers of the imagination.  

With research in topics ranging from robotics to genomics and from big data to urban sustainability, Illinois Tech is investigating tomorrow's grand challenges through a tech lens. A rich array of projects in the field and the lab, robust mentorship, and access to world-class facilities support our Illinois Tech research community—and enable the next generation of researchers to explore their own bold ideas.    

A researcher mixes compounds to develop a drug therapy for sleep apnea

Featured Projects

At Illinois Tech extraordinary research on our campus and beyond reflects our commitment to scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation.

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Student Projects and Opportunities

Illinois Tech undergraduate and graduate students are conducting research that aims to make the world a better place through science and technology. Students access research opportunities that include international collaborations, cutting-edge lab work, a summer immersion program, stipends to work alongside faculty, research symposia, and more.

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Connect with Illinois Tech for Research

Illinois Tech connects academic and industry partners with our faculty and students, facilitating a wide range range of research. University resources that enable such connections include the Office of Sponsored Research, the Office of Tech Transfer and Intellectual Property, and a corporate relations staff who can assist in identifying research partners, among others. 

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Featured Faculty Researchers

Weslynne Ashton
Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability
Brent Stephens
Department Chair Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering Director of Architectural Engineering Director of Environmental Engineering
Jialing Xiang
Professor of Biology Chair of Biology Graduate Affairs Committee Interim Chair, Department of Biology
Patrick Corrigan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Jeremy Hajek
Industry Associate Professor, Information Technology and Management Graduate and Undergraduate Advisor
Jean Luc Ayitou
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Britt Freeman
Professor, Food Science and Nutrition Chair, Department of Food Science and Nutrition Director, Center for Nutrition Research
Philip Troyk
Associate Dean of Armour College of Engineering Professor of Biomedical Engineering Professor, Stuart School of Business
Bernadette Atuahene
Professor of Law
Antony Wood
Studio Professor

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