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Research Park director wary of higher education budget cuts

Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano and Research Park Director Laura Freirichs testify on University budget.

By Lilly Mashayek

March 10, 2016

Laura Frerichs, director of the University’s Research Park, knows the importance of encouraging small businesses in a struggling economy. Working to encourage technology companies and startups to develop, she could imagine the effects that the continued lack of a state budget could have on the c...

Research Park boasts more than just resources

Research Park boasts more than just resources

By Lilly Mashayek

March 1, 2016

The University’s Research Park has seen a large increase in the number of companies looking to set up shop in its site.“In the last year we saw the highest rate of companies coming in in a single year, these being external companies,” said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Parkbr.While external...

UI to use NSF grant to help women, minorities

By Lily Mashayek

December 3, 2015

By Lilly Mashayek Staff writer Women and minorities looking to start their own companies will now be able to get a little extra help from a new program at the University. A $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, NSF, will be used to fund programs for women and minorities in entrepreneuri...

New Design Center to provide creative space for all students

Preliminary conceptualization of the Design Center.

By Lilly Mashayek

November 30, 2015

A new Design Center will offer technology and resources for all students across campus. The 59,300-square-foot Design Center will be located between Fourth and Sixth streets, next to the Krannert Art Museum. Fouad Abd El Khalick, associate dean for research and member of the Design Center Program Wo...

UI and Caterpillar relationship strong, despite cuts

A Cat980 wheel loader runs among finished products in open air in Caterpillar Co., Ltd. in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 14, 2011. (Liu Bin/Zuma Press/TNS)

By Ali Braboy

November 10, 2015

Recently, Caterpillar Inc. announced 4,000 to 5,000 job cuts by the end of 2016 and possibly cutting 10,000 jobs through 2018, according to the company’s Sept. 24 press release. What does that mean for University graduates interested in working for the company?

Capital One digital lab presents new opportunities for company and UI

The Sierra building at Research Park.

By Lilly Mashayek

November 9, 2015

A Fortune 500 company now occupies 4,000 square feet of the University’s Research Park. Capital One opened a new digital lab — its first on a university campus — and began employing undergraduate students in The company hopes to create a hybrid model that will employ full-time and ...

Research Park hosts third annual Mobile Development Day

Alex Scheeline of Spectroclick, answers a question from University panel moderator Mark Nolan during a panel in the Excellence Room at the I-Hotel for Mobile Development Day, on Friday.

February 3, 2014

Executives and developers from various corporations attending the Research Park’s Mobile Development Day filled the Chancellor’s Ballroom at the I-Hotel on Friday. The event consisted of keynote speeches and panels and allowed for companies to network and share ideas about mobile technology. “It...

Mobile Development Day features tech-savvy speakers, panelists

January 30, 2014

Telephones have evolved considerably over the course of history. Starting out as basic communication devices, they have grown far beyond their original concept. Still, technology continues to flourish and provide users with a wider range of possibilities. Research Park is sponsoring the third annual Mobile Developme...

Champaign to offer incentives to Yahoo for expansion

By Angelica Lavito

November 13, 2013

The Champaign City Council directed city staff to negotiate development incentives with Yahoo at Tuesday’s meeting. Yahoo has an office in Research Park and was exploring expanding at either that office or another location, depending on the incentives Champaign offered. The council will likely vote on the ...