Illinois Tech—home of the country’s first industrial nuclear reactor and the nation’s first functional microgrid—is known for advanced research that is moving the needle toward significant innovation.
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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.
While there is currently no cure for blindness, a first-of-its-kind artificial vision system has undergone its first successful implantation, bringing with it the potential to restore partial vision...
In the United States, it’s estimated up to 40 percent of food produced is never eaten. Food is being wasted at every step of the food supply chain that connects farms to forks—from production to...
“Traffic congestion is a terrible threat to our economy. The analogy is cardiovascular. If our bodies’ arteries got blocked, we have two choices: We can die, or we can surgically rebuild them in a new...
Illinois Tech Research Magazine
This annual flagship publication from the Office of Research showcases the work of researchers who strive to understand the inexplicable, to improve and innovate processes, and to put discovery into practical applications for the betterment of our global society.Read Here
At Illinois Tech, extraordinary research on our campus and beyond reflects our commitment to scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation.View Projects
University Research Initiatives
Three university-wide, innovation-driven research initiatives leverage the expertise of faculty and students from various disciplines: Computation and Data, Health and Wellness, and Urban Futures.Learn More
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.View Projects and Opportunities
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.Learn More
Through research opportunities and global engineering competitions, Jasmine Baste is making an impact on society in the field that she has become most passionate about—biomedical engineering.Jasmine Baste (Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Tissue Specialization 4th Year)
By working hard, getting to know fellow students, and reaching out to faculty, Aleksei Sorokin found it easy to work collaboratively on research at Illinois Tech.Aleksei Sorokin (Applied Mathematics/Computer Science/M.A.S. Data Science 4th Year)
Spending 10 weeks in a lab for the summer is no beach, but it is valuable experience and has its own rewards.Anam Adil (Biochemistry 2nd Year)
Arryn Guy is helping to improve the health of gender, sexual, racial, and ethnic minorities through the real-world research experience she is gaining as a graduate student in clinical psychology.Arryn Guy (Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student)
A research opportunity at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory led Daniel Bafia to increasing the efficiency of beamlines, and a prestigious international award.Daniel Bafia (Ph.D. Physics Candidate)
Alex Damarjian, a Ph.D. candidate, had experience creating games for children. When he was connected with an ophthalmologist, he designed something that could have a much bigger impact.Alex Damarjian (Ph.D. Technology and Humanities Candidate)