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Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative

Big Data

The Grainger Initiative's focus on big data is a natural extension of Engineering at Illinois' world-class reputation in computing and information technology.

Frontiers in Bioengineering


The 21st century will be defined by the way we integrate technology and the human body. The Grainger Initiative's focus on bioengineering will make Engineering at Illinois a leader in this emerging field. It will also create a new, state-of-the-art home for the department.

35 New Professors

The Grainger Initiative is allowing Engineering at Illinois to expand its faculty by nearly 10 percent, with a focus on bioengineering and Big Data. We’re looking for new faculty chairs and endowed professors.

Meet our new hires


With $30 million from the Grainger Initiative, Engineering at Illinois now has a scholarship endowment, providing dozens of students with large multi-year scholarships. Help us grow the next generation of Illinois visionaries.

Professorships and Chairs

The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for tenured full Professor positions as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. Over the next few years, we will establish more than 35 new endowed professorships and chairs to provide incredible opportunities for world-renowned researchers. The two main areas are Big Data and Bioengineering, and applications in other engineering discipliness are also encouraged. Please visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign job board for a list of faculty searches in the College of Engineering that encourage applicants for Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative professorship and chair positions:

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About the Initiative

Engineering at Illinois combines rigor and a culture that embraces collaboration and approachability. The Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, built on a $100 million gift, is perfectly suited to that distinctive culture. It will initially focus on bioengineering and big data, fields that grow from collaborative and multidisciplinary roots.

The Grainger Initiative covers all the key elements that make us a truly elite program—people (faculty chairs and named professorships and undergraduate scholarships), world-class facilities, and support for research.