Industry Partnerships

Here at Illinois, we're proud of our strong track record of technology innovation and commercialization.

We lead the nation in funding from the National Science Foundation and are conducting a critical mass of research in many important areas including: advanced materials and manufacturing, big data/data analytics/computing, biomedical/bioengineering, and energy technologies. Our corporate partners are also making huge impacts in these areas and we're happy to join forces with them for even greater results.

Overview of Corporate Partners

  • 160+ corporate partners to date
  • 90+ companies in 13 buildings throughout the fast-growing 200-acre Research Park, which is adjacent to campus
  • 400+ interns trained per year in the Research Park alone, which fuels new pipeline talent
  • 2,000+ research projects per year across every engineering discipline

A Brief Sample of Current Partners

These partners demonstrate the broad spectrum of industries and types of relationships we cultivate at Illinois.

  • Abbott
  • AB InBev
  • ADM
  • Boeing
  • BP
  • BNSF Railway
  • Caterpillar
  • Chevron
  • Citrix
  • Dow Chemical
  • Intel
  • John Deere
  • Microsoft
  • Neustar
  • Pepsi
  • Phillips 66
  • Raytheon
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • State Farm
  • Yahoo!

Great Startups from Illinois

When you combine hundreds of world-renownded faculty and thousands of the best and brightest students you get an explosion of innovation across a vast array of technologies. The result is a top-ranked incubator and Research Park.

Corporations Started at Illinois

The leaders of some of the world’s top companies got their start here at Illinois. Our entrepreneurial nature combined with multidisciplinary focus and a drive for results builds a culture of leadership that stays with them long after graduation.

Sample of Top Companies Built by Engineering at Illinois Talent

  • PayPal
  • YouTube
  • Yelp
  • BP
  • Bloom Energy
  • Flex-n-Gate
The next breakthrough business may already be in our Incubator!