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A call to join

Led by the University of Illinois system, faculty, researchers, and educators play a vital role as DPI members.

DPI’s ambition is to propel Chicago and Illinois into a pre-eminent and inclusive tech economy over the next decade — putting more women and people of color in durable tech jobs. And to do it at scale.

DPI has lead more than $10 million in investments in faculty-led R&D teams and is launching businesses based on university research.

Membership details and how to join

Request to join DPI by submitting your name, short biography, and CV


Membership Benefits Include

  • Services and support for research and teaching initiatives
  • Connections to other faculty, researchers, and educators from DPI partner institutions
  • Invitation to speaker series and other DPI and DPI related events
  • Access to downtown Chicago DPI space and other shared resources
  • Support letters for grant proposals
  • Eligibility to vote for DPI Executive Committee
  • Monthly updates from DPI Director of Academic Affairs
  • Seed funding opportunities
  • DPI faculty affiliate status

Membership Expectations Include

  • Lead and participate in DPI activities
  • Teach affiliated courses and do outreach activities
  • Publicize research and education activities through DPI channels
  • List DPI affiliation when submitting manuscripts, giving talks, and accepting awards and prizes that are supported by DPI funds

Ning Ai, Urban Planning & Public Affairs; UIC
Meenakshy Aiyer, UICOMP; UIC
Olu Ajilore, UICOMP; UIC
Eben Alsberg, Biomedical Engineering; UIC
Nancy Amato, Computer Science; UIUC
Justin Arnoff, Speech and Hearing Science; UIUC
Tugce Baser, Civil and Environmental Engineering; UIUC
Yelyzaveta Berdychevsky Kustanovich, Recreation, Sport and Tourism; UIUC
Jennifer Bernhard, ECE; UIUC
Suma Bhat, ECE; UIUC
Peter Boltuc, Philosophy, Computer Science; UIS
Subhonmesh Bose, Electrical and Computer Engineering; UIUC
Jacob Bowers, Political Science; UIUC
Maxine Brown, Computer Science; UIC
Jordi Cabana-Jimenez, Chemistry; UIC
Nathan Castillo, Education; UIUC
Ahmet Enis Cetin, Electrical Computer Engineering; UIC
Vickie Cook, Online Professional Engaged Learning; UIS
Della Cox, Online Professional and Engaged Learning; UIS
Adriana Crocker, Political Science; UIS
Brian Cunningham, Electrical and Computer Engineering; UIUC
Sybil Derrible, Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering; UIC
Angela Doehring, Allied Health- Exercise Science; UIS
Roy Dong, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering; UIUC
Lan Dong, English and Modern Languages; UIS
Catherine Dornfeld Tissenbaum, English and Modern Languages; UIS
Katherine Driggs-Campbell, ECE; UIUC
Maureen Dunne, Disability and Human Development; UIC
Danilo Erricolo, Electrical Computer Engineering; UIC
Michael Flavin, Discovery Partners Institute; UIC
Sarah Gantz, Office of Exec. VPAA; UI System
Paolo Gardoni, Environmental Engineering; UIUC
Mani Golparvar-Fard, Environmental Engineering; UIUC
Betsy Goulet, Public Administration/Child Advocacy Studies; UIS
William Gropp, Computer Science; UIUC
Kaiyu Guan, Natural Resources and Environmental Science; UIUC
Yanhui Guo, Computer Science; UIS
Anne-Marie Hanson, Environmental Studies; UIS
Tamar Heller, Disability and Human Development; UIC
Mary Herrmann, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; UIUC
Kevin Hinders, Architecture; UIUC
Naira Hovakimyan, Mechanical Science Engineering; UIUC
Marie Hughes, Mechanical Science and Engineering; UIUC
Fatima Husain, Speech and Hearing Science; UIUC
Laila Hussein Moustafa, Library University; UIUC
Ravishankar Iyer, ECE, Computer Science, & Coordinated Science Laboratory; UIUC
Atul Jain, Atmospheric Sciences; UIUC
Yih-Kuen Jan, Kinesiology and Community Health; UIUC
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Theatre; UIUC
Harley Johnson, Grainger College of Engineering; UIUC
Steve Jones, Communication; UIC
Prasanta Kalita, Agricultural & Biological Engineering; UIUC
Robin Kar, Law; UIUC
Ranjan Karri, College of Business and Management; UIS
Daniel S. Katz, NCSA; UIUC
Volodymyr Kindratenko, Senior Reserach Scientist; UIUC
Karl Kochendorfer, Chief Health Information Officer; UIC
Elizabeth Kocs, UIC Energy Initiative; UIC

Megan Konar, Civil and Environmental Engineering; UIUC
Liang Kong, Mathematical Sciences; UIS
Jacob Krive, Biomedical & Health Information Sciences; UIC
Kenneth Kriz, Public Administration; UIS
Jason Lane, College of Education; UIUC
Robert Lawless, College of Law; UIUC
Yu-Feng Lin, Illinois Water Resources Center; UIUC
Robb Lindgren, Curriculum and Instruction; UIUC
Tim Lindsey, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center; UIUC
Biswajit Maharathi, Neurology Rehab Medicine; UIC
Georgeta-Elisabeta Marai, Computer Science; UIC
Zachary McDowell, Communication; UIC
Nancy Mcelwain, Communication; UIC
Sayan Mitra, Electrical and Computer Engineering; UIUC
Raksha Mudar, Speech and Hearing Science; UIUC
Jenny Nagaoka, Speech and Hearing Science; UIUC
Rakesh Nagi, Industrial and Enterprise System Engineering; UIUC
Mark Neubauer, Physics; UIUC
Sharon Nickols, College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences; UIUC
William Norris, Industrial Enterprise Systems Engineering; UIUC
Melkior Ornik, Aerospace Engineering; UIUC
Zozo-Angeliki Papacharissi, Communication; UIC
Luc Paquette, Curriculum and Instruction; UIUC
Thomas Park, Biological Sciences; UIC
Venetria Patton, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; UIUC
Farideddin Peiravian, Civil, Materials and Architectural Engineering; UIC
Rachel Poretsky, Biological Sciences; UIC
Aria Razfar, Curriculum and Instruction; UIC
Krishna Reddy, Civil and Materials Engineering; UIC
Valleri Robinson, Theatre; UIUC
Wendy Rogers, College of Applied Health Sciences; UIUC
Romit Roy Choudhury, ECE; UIUC
Vishal Sachdev, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; UIC
Srinivasa Salapaka, Mechanical Science and Engineering; UIUC
Eunice Santos, Information Sciences; UIUC
Sonali Shah, Gies College of Business; UIUC
Deepak Somaya, Business Administration; UIUC
William (Bill) Stewart, Recreation Sport and Tourism; UIUC
Victoria Stodden, Information Sciences; UIUC
Ruoyu Sun, School of Information Sciences; UIUC
Nadera Sweiss, Medicine; UIC
Michael Twidale, Information Sciences; UIUC
Lav Varshney, Electrical and Computer Engineering; UIUC
Lucia Vazquez, Biology; UIS
Venugopal Veeravalli, ECE; UIC
Jorge Villegas, College of Business and Management; UIS
Shaowen Wang, Geography and Geographic Information Science; UIUC
Katherine Warpeha, Biological Sciences; UIC
Asif Wilson, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education; UIUC
Donald Wink, Chemistry; UIC
Jeffrey Woods, College of Applied Health Sciences; UIUC
Donald Wuebbles, Atmospheric Sciences; UIUC
Xincheng Yao, Biomedical Engineering; UIC
Joseph Zak, Biological Sciences; UIC
Lan Zhang, Finance; UIC
Lenore Zuck, Computer Science; UIC