Fueling Innovation: The Campaign for IIT is providing the impetus for three significant capital projects that will transform Main Campus and strengthen our tradition of providing a distinctive education that emphasizes innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.
The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
A $10 million lead gift and Kaplan Innovation Challenge from alumnus Ed Kaplan (ME ’65) and his wife, Carol, is allowing IIT to establish the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on Main Campus. This transformational, 100,000-square-foot building will be the first new academic building on Main Campus in more than 40 years. It will bring together all the signature elements of an IIT education in an entrepreneurial environment with programs that embody the university’s key strength—educating graduates who are innovators, entrepreneurs, and the visionaries of tomorrow.
The institute will be home to IIT Institute of Design, the Entrepreneurship Academy, Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program, and M.A. Self Leadership Academy.
John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center
A significant lead gift from Caryl Pucci Rettaliata is allowing the university to begin the transformation of the Engineering-1 building into a twenty-first century facility. To be renamed the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center, it will provide students with dynamic learning environments where technology aligns with top-notch faculty and cutting-edge research. The renovations will ensure that this building remains the “heart and home” of IIT Armour College of Engineering for decades to come.
Robert A. Pritzker Research Center
A generous commitment for a challenge grant from COL (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) through the Tawani Foundation is allowing IIT to begin renovations to the Life Sciences building, home to IIT College of Science. With “students first” as its mantra, this transformed facility will be the focal point for core sciences on campus with interactive spaces that enrich students’ learning experiences with opportunities to create and collaborate. The building will be renamed the Robert A. Pritzker Research Center, in honor of the late Robert A. Pritzker (IE ’46, hon. Ph.D. ’84), one of IIT’s greatest visionary leaders and alumni.