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    Please be prepared that Illinois Marathon setup and running of the races may affect traffic in Research Park. On Friday, April 25, the Illinois Marathon 5K will start right outside of EnterpriseWorks. The race starts at 7:30 p.m., but participants will start arriving as early as 5:30 p.m. For race maps and more information, visit http://www.illinoismarathon.com/index.php


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    CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 3, 2015 -- Personify, a 2012 EnterpriseWorks incubator graduate, made the list of top consulting tools from 9Lenses. 9Lenses is a software company that aggregates human insights for its clients, and they highlighted Personify's presentation software that allows a presenter to superimpose himself/herself in front of presentation slides. Read more about Personify as a consulting tool as well as the other tools that made the list.
     


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    Jennie Avery and Lily Huang from the International Student and Scholar Services Office present on the various options Research Park companies have when it comes to hiring international students for internship positions.


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Administrative/Support Services
    Status: 
    Internship
    Contact Email: 
    ken.taylor@akunacapital.com
    Description: 

    Akuna Capital is a fast-growing derivatives trading firm headquartered in downtown Chicago that specializes in market-making and arbitrage. Founded in 2011, Akuna has quickly grown from a start-up to a successful leader on US options and futures exchanges that has already begun international expansion. In July of 2013 Akuna opened a dedicated technology office in the Research Park of the University of Illinois. The office houses a blend of full-time developers and student interns working on Akuna’s mission-critical systems.

    We are seeking a motivated individual to assist across multiple business units at Akuna. This person will gain exposure to our Recruitment, Campus Engagement and Marketing efforts while assisting with various activities including recruiting events, tech talks, and helping promote the company through social media. Along with general office management tasks, they will also be responsible for planning and coordinating extracurricular activities for the office and assisting with new hire on-boarding.    

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Promote Akuna to University officials including professors, career development representatives and other faculty through meetings and other networking events if and when applicable
    • Grow our social media presence by promoting and photographing company events
    • Attend group presentations and other campus events to promote Akuna
    • Coordinate logistics for campus recruiting events and tech talks
    • Liaise with Chicago Office Coordinator in scheduling employee and intern office visits
    • Support company events by planning and coordinating extracurricular activities
    • Provide assistance with meeting scheduling, meal planning and occasional miscellaneous errands
    • General office and light kitchen maintenance, restocking office and kitchen supplies
    • Manage receiving, opening, distribution and sending of mail and shipping

    Job Requirements:

    • Pursuing a degree in Business, Communications, Marketing or related field
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate Akuna’s message in front of a large audience if required
    • Marketing knowledge and project management skills preferred but not required
    • Strong networking and interpersonal skills
    • Professional and reliable with the ability to multitask and to prioritize responsibilities
    • Must be self-motivated, organized and detail oriented
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook
    • Personal transportation preferred but not required
    • Available 10 to 15 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, and available full time during the summer

    More information available at http://www.akunacapital.com/job-details/?jobid=58095


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    Category: 
    Engineering
    Status: 
    Part-Time
    Salary Range: 
    varied
    Contact Email: 
    JDJobs@JohnDeere.com
    Description: 

    The Part-Time Student Program is primarily designed to augment the Company's regular full-time staff, and is for students who work in parallel to their school schedule. In this position you will:

    • Carry out basic IT functions in testing and development of business object reports and the CAD Engineering tools of CreoParametric, CreoView and Windchill
    • Update SharePoint  and training documentation 

    What It TakesWe need excellent communicators, who thrive on solving problems and working in a team environment.  Ideally, you will be pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Engineering; others may qualify.  In addition, we require:

    • Must be registered as a full-time student at UIUC
    • Must be able to commute to the work location on a daily basis
    • Grad date – May 2017 or later 
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 and above 
    • 16 - 20 hours/week during the academic year
    • 35 - 40 hours/week during the summer semester
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word 

    A strong candidate will also have:

    • Understanding of Basic Engineering, CAD and Graphics 
    • Understanding of applications development environment, database, data management and infrastructure capabilities and constraints

    To apply click here: http://adtrk.tw/68Erd


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  • 04/09/15--12:15: Senior Software Engineer
  • Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Software Engineering
    Status: 
    Full-Time
    Contact Email: 
    mark.e.scott@raytheon.com
    Description: 

    Job Description:Raytheon has exciting opportunities in growth areas with an immediate need for a Software Engineer to enhance capabilities of cyber products for security-conscious government & commercial customers at the Champaign, IL design center. The position will be responsible for developing & testing new product capabilities, software development/build tools, software test infrastructure & operational support for cross-domain products including Linux & Android based trusted access thin-client & mobile solutions.The ideal candidate is a self-starter, working in a cohesive team environment, willing to grow & learn using many software development & operational tools to test, debug & support software for secure Linux desktop environments, IT operations/enterprise management, IP networking/routing and remote/virtual desktop deployments.

    This position will be located in Champaign, ILRequired Skills

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. 
    • Experience developing desktop and/or web applications in production environments. 
    • Familiarity with software development in Linux/UNIX environments using a variety of programming and scripting languages including Python, C, C++, Java and/or bash. 
    • Familiarity with TCP/IP networking & related protocols (such as HTTP, FTP, SSH, IPSEC, TLS/SSL, and SMTP). 
    • Experience with version control technologies such as Subversion or Git.

    Preferred Skills:Agile or Scrum development experience 

    • Integrating disparate software systems using open standards. 
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Operating Systems. 
    • Development experience in a distributed, parallel or clustered processing environment. 
    • Experience with virtual desktop redisplay technologies such as RDP, Citrix Receiver, VMware Horizon View or virtual Bridges VERDE. 
    • Experience with thin-client usage, management & deployment scenarios. 
    • Experience with Cisco or Microsoft VoIP/unified-communications & multi-media technologies 

    This position will be filled as either Software Engineer I (E03) or Software Engineer II (E04) depending on qualifications.

     

    Apply online here 

    Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) is a leader in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; advanced cyber solutions; weather and environmental solutions; information-based solutions for law enforcement and homeland security; and training, logistics, engineering, product support, and operational support services and solutions for the mission support, homeland security, space, civil aviation, counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism markets. IIS, which operates at nearly 542 sites in 80 countries, is headquartered in Dulles, VA. and generated $6 billion in 2013 revenues. Raytheon is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. 


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Engineering
    IT Professional
    Mobile Development
    Status: 
    Internship
    Salary Range: 
    open
    Contact Email: 
    www.ameren.com/careers
    Description: 

     

      About the Position 

    Location: Research Park at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Duration: May-August 2015

    To Apply: Visit ameren.com/careers and refer to job # 14017

    At Ameren’s brand new Innovation Center, you will work in a fast paced, dynamic environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. The Innovation Intern position leads/assists challenging projects, or conducts research in areas of advanced technology that contributes toward the Company’s strategic investment in forward-thinking initiatives. Interns gain valuable work experience in various aspects of technology research & development within a large energy company.

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Research and develop the latest mobile software technology as needed by specific business segments and directed by business needs.
    • Assist in mobile software development and support by creating requirements, definition/specification for new applications, or enhancements to existing Company systems.
    • Design specific software components to meet various business needs.
    • Provide technical assistance to developmental projects within Company segments.
    • Create and deliver reports and presentations of project work and results.
    • Mentor team members and provide guidance on the above-referenced items

    Qualifications

    Education:

    • Registered as a full-time student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Graduate Student Status highly preferred. Junior, Senior or Master’s student status required.
    • Completion of atleast 40 college credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree required, Electrical Engineering, Computing Science, or Computer Engineering majors are highly preferred. Will consider other majors based on experience and background.
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.8 required.

    Experience:

    • Proficient in mobile application development. Experience with iOS platform preferred.
    • Experience with building wireframes and prototype. (iOS or Web)
    • Technical writing/Documentation.
    • Knowledge of JavaScript Frameworks, CSS and User Interface design preferred.
    • Experience integrating and creating middleware for mobile applications preferred..
    • MBaaS experience preferred; example: Parse, Kinvey, or FeedHenry.
    • Familiarity with agile development principles preferred..
    • Creating User Stories and Acceptance Criteria and Sprint planning preferred.
    • Experience with Unit testing frameworks and TDD (Test Drive Development) preferred.

    Other:

    • Strong research and analytical skills required.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team required.
    • Good communication skills required.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

     


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Administrative/Support Services
    Business Professional
    Status: 
    Internship
    Contact Email: 
    www.ameren.com/careers
    Description: 

     

    About the Position 

    Location: Research Park at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    To Apply: Visit ameren.com/careers and refer to job # 14016

    At Ameren’s brand new Innovation Center, you will work in a fast paced, dynamic environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. The Innovation Intern position leads/assists challenging projects, or conducts research in areas of advanced technology that contributes toward the Company’s strategic investment in forward-thinking initiatives. Interns gain valuable work experience in various aspects of technology research & development within a large energy company.

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Assist in the research and development of innovation explorations.
    • Establish metrics and monitoring controls for projects/initiatives.
    • Work with Innovation Center project teams to develop project status reports and summaries.
    • Employ continuous improvement methods to modify and streamline the process of innovation explorations.
    • Create and deliver reports and presentations of project work and results.
    • Mentor team members and provide guidance on the above-referenced items

     

    Qualifications

    Education:

    • Registered as a full-time student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • Business or MBA candidates highly preferred. Will consider other majors based on experience and background.
    • Completion of 40 college credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree required.
    • A cumulative GPA of 2.8 required.

    Experience:

    • Technical writing/documentation skills required.
    • Project management skills preferred.

    Other:

    • Interest in Process Development or Continuous Improvement
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team required.
    • Good communication skills required.

     

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

     

     


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    CHAMPAIGN, IL, April 11, 2015 -- The Moms Association at the University of Illinois awarded its annual Medallion of Honor to Deana McDonagh. McDonagh is an associate professor of Industrial Design at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois as well as the Designer-In-Residence at the EnterpriseWorks incubator at Research Park. The award is given to a woman associated with the Urbana-Champaign campus who has enriched the lives of others through service and example.

    Read more about McDonagh's honor here.

    Visit the EnterpriseWorks Designer-In-Residence page to learn more about McDonagh's role in helping startup companies.


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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Graphic Design
    Status: 
    Internship
    Contact Email: 
    careers@agrible.com
    Description: 

    Graphic Designer Intern (Position Code: 2015-GD-AI)

    Agrible has an immediate opening for a part-time Graphic Designer Intern in our Champaign, Illinois office. The successful candidate will be responsible for generating and manipulating graphic images including logo, choosing typefaces and has some web design experience. Ideal candidates would have experience with mobile first design and interface with phone and tablet design.

    The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications:

    •      Work experience and a BS in a graphic design focused curriculum.

    •      Experience in developing web and print marketing materials.

    •      Ability to maintain a consistent brand identity.

    •      Ability to work in a fast paced project environment and provide excellent communication skills

    •      Self-motivated, organized, and resourceful with a desire to have fun and work hard.

    •      Ability to design collateral for appearances at tradeshows and corporate slideshows.

    •      Will be working side by side with scientists, engineers, and developers.

    •      Will need to be able to translate technical work into visual graphics.

    •      Experience with Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

    •      Other duties as may be assigned

    •      Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship

    Agrible maintains a fast paced, dynamic, and fluid environment full of creativity and innovation. We are a small company with a diverse set of professional backgrounds and pride ourselves on excellence.  Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    Send your resume and a cover letter addressing your salary requirements and establishing your experience/qualifications for the criteria outlined above. Please Note the position code denoted above in your submission.

    Please forward your resume, cover letter, and a sample of your work to careers@agrible.com.

    www.agrible.com

    EOE/AA                                                Agrible is an Equal Opportunity Employer                              M/F/D/V


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  • 04/15/15--06:57: Rapid Application Developer
  • Company Name: 
    Category: 
    IT Professional
    Status: 
    Internship
    Contact Email: 
    Masha.Trenhaile@abbvie.com
    Description: 

    Company Name: AbbVie

    Category: Software Engineering

    Position Title: Rapid Application Developer

    Status: Undergraduate Hourly

    Hours per week: 10 – 15 during academic year

                                 35 – 40 during summer semester

    Contact Email: Masha.Trenhaile@abbvie.com

     

    Who We Are:

    AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. AbbVie employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries.

     

    The AbbVie Innovation Center is located in the Research Park at the University of Illinois and provides an opportunity for students and AbbVie’s Research and Development IT group to collaborate on projects to help advance our science. 

     

    Position Description

    The Part-Time Student Program at the AbbVie Innovation Center, located in the Research Park, is designed to augment AbbVie’s regular staff, and is for students who are able to work in parallel to their school schedule. Major duties include:

    • Working on user-centered and small workgroup small application projects that will be utilized throughout the company
    • Developing small programs and components that will be used to solve problems in the R&D area

     

    Qualifications: 

    • Must be registered as a full-time student
    • Must be able to commute to the work location on a daily basis
    • Undergraduate and Graduate students
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, or equivalent
    • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship
    • 10 - 15 hours/week during the academic year
    • 35 - 40 hours/week during the summer semester
    • Creative problem solver with ability to understand larger picture but who will focus on details
    • Passion for design and great user experiences
    • Familiarity with user research and usability testing methodologies to prioritize user needs to drive design priorities
    • Ability to design and deliver clean and usable user interface prototypes for desktop

     

    Preferred Skills: 

    • Willingness to learn Pipeline Pilot (a RAD platform)
    • JavaScript/JQuery
    • Web development
    • Familiarity with databases

     

    Note: The position will be hired through a third-party hiring agency and will begin as soon as possible over the summer of 2015 with an option to continue through the 2015-2016 school year. 

     

    To apply: Submit your resume to Masha Trenhaile at Masha.Trenhaile@abbvie.com

    Learn more about us at: www.abbvie.com


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  • 04/15/15--14:25: UIRP Career Fair
  • This will be the 9th annual Corporate Internships & Careers Fair to take place in the Research Park. This is a great way for students to meet the companies and see what opportunities are available, both in the way of internships and full-time employment, in the Research Park. Each year 200-300 students attend. It is also a great opportunity for Research Park companies who would benefit from recruiting more University of Illinois students for internships and/or full-time positions.


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  • 04/16/15--09:15: Serionix
  • Big ventures often start small—as nothing more than someone acting on a whim.

    That was the case for Jim Langer and Weihua Zheng in 2011. Langer said he and Zheng, who as graduate students worked in the same research group developing high performance filtration materials, “decided on a whim” to enter the Technology Entrepreneur Center’s Cozad New Venture Competition.

    The team just missed the cutoff for advancing to the finals with their innovative materials for removing contaminants from water.

    “We were naïve, but it was still a rewarding experience that got us excited about the possibility of starting a company,” Langer said. Their research advisor, James Economy, also championed their entrepreneurial ambitions, eventually becoming a co-founder for the startup they later named Serionix.

    Armed with feedback from the Cozad judges, Langer and Zheng pushed forward, hiring student interns from multiple University departments to launch a customer development process, which identified industrial air purification as their key market. They also enlisted numerous Research Park resources and mentors, like Dave Kellnor of EnterpriseWorks’ SBIR Technical Assistance Program, who helped with grant proposals—a process that Langer said further “helped refine our story and our goals.”

    “You have to be able to tell a compelling story about what you’re doing and why, to get other people like partners and investors to come along with you,” said Langer.

    The work with Kellnor paid off, bringing in $1.8M through two SBIR grants—one with the Army and another with National Science Foundation. In the spring of 2012, Serionix moved into EnterpriseWorks offices with Langer as its president and CEO.

    Being a part of the business incubator brought additional benefits, like acceptance into a program called I-Start, which helps with some basic costs and logistics involved in starting a business. Other consulting and fundraising advice came from Research Park tenants Tim Hoerr and Dennis Beard of Serra Ventures.

    “They were really instrumental in encouraging us along the way, and helping us see that we had something worth pursuing,” Langer said, noting that the encouragement and assistance were critical: At that time in his life Langer, a new father, had a thesis to write, two SBIRs to start, and the 2012 Cozad New Venture Competition to prepare for.

    “We still had a long ways to go to develop the best product for the market, but we had met all the goals we had for that year,” Langer said. The Cozad judges were clearly impressed—they gave Langer and Zheng that year’s Grand Prize.

    “It wouldn’t have been possible to start a business without a place like [EnterpriseWorks]. We really take advantage of the shared services here—it’s a cumulative effect of network opportunities, speakers and seminars to help us learn best practices.”

    Today, Serionix is focused on scaling up the manufacturing process and getting the product to customers. In addition to industrial air applications, Serionix is looking into other potential customer areas like hospitals and airports, and they’re talking to the government about systems that could protect entire buildings from chemical warfare attacks. “Ultimately, what we’re interested in doing is protecting human life,” Langer said.


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  • 04/16/15--09:30: Xerion
  • When Professor Paul Braun’s research group first began exploring the 3-D structuring of materials, they didn’t realize they were on a path to discovering a structure that would excite most Americans.

    What began in 2004 as research on nanostructured electrode architecture for optical fiber applications took a turn toward advanced battery technology five years later, when lead researcher Huigang Zhang began detecting new possibilities.

    Applied to batteries, the new technology allows both a faster discharge and recharge, without sacrificing energy storage. In addition, safety is improved, while overall battery costs are decreased. The combined benefits are sought after not just by a range of industries, but also by everyone with a smart phone or a hybrid vehicle.

    While developing the innovative technology is an impressive feat, manufacturing it for commercial use is a challenge all its own. That’s where John Busbee came into the picture, just as Xerion Advanced Battery Corp was moving into office spaces at EnterpriseWorks in 2011. Busbee, who earned a PhD in Materials Science from UIUC, was serving as Program Manager of Nanotechnology in the Materials Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory when Braun invited him to head the startup.

    “I’ve been involved in nanotechnology since it started getting popular, and I’ve always been passionate about practical processing methods to make it more manufacturable for everyday uses,” Busbee said. “That’s what drives me—that we can help everyday Americans in their everyday lives. That’s the reason we do this.”

    Braun said Busbee’s willingness to move back to Champaign and help with his startup has been key to its success.

    “It’s extremely challenging as a faculty, on your own, to bring technologies to the marketplace,” Braun said. “The right people, like John, with the right knowledge and energy, are so critical, and they’re not going to go somewhere that doesn’t have a strong culture of entrepreneurship and support, like Enterprise Works offers.”

    “EnterpriseWorks is like a one-stop shop for people utilizing University technologies,” Busbee said. “It’s really made it easier to identify potential customers, and it’s given us access to really high-quality student interns, who have been an integral part of our operation. Being here also gives us access and a lot of interaction with people at the Research Park and graduates of the [EnterpriseWorks] incubator, both in terms of benefitting from lessons-learned type of mentorship and in terms of finding collaborators.”

    Busbee also mentioned EnterpriseWorks’ availability of lab space and equipment like microscopes, with preferential pricing.

    Three years into the startup, Xerion has 14 employees, including seven with PhDs and four or five student interns in math, science, and engineering. Busbee says they’re just going to keep growing and hiring as they being moving into the manufacturing phase.

    “The kind of crew you need to do something like this doesn’t happen overnight,” Braun said. “It takes institutional commitment and a sense of the long view, built on a centerpiece of strong, basic science and technology. We have all of that at the U of I now.”


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  • 04/16/15--09:30: Rithmio
  • How far can a business idea travel in a year? If you use Rithmio as a measure, all the way from missile and satellite analytics -- to the wearable device market in one fell swoop.

    Over a little more than 12 months, Adam Tilton, co-founder and CEO of Rithmio, has pushed ahead at a remarkable pace, establishing a startup company, reaching a $650,000 seed money raise, and ramping up to sell the company’s gesture recognition software to major electronics manufacturers.

    “We’re at this great intersection of wearable technologies and the Internet of Things,” Tilton said of Rithmio. “That’s our big opportunity. So many devices can be connected in different ways to share information and do even more.”

    Rithmio’s whirlwind journey began the summer of 2013, when Tilton and his advisor and co-founder, Prashant Mehta, attended the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program. Their goal was to commercialize analytics software, developed by Mehta’s Mechanical Science and Engineering lab, for the defense industry, to improve missile guidance and satellite navigation.

    “The first day [at I-Corps] I got up and talked about what we had and the type of defense customers we were after, and people sort of chuckled,” Tilton said. “Two days into the program, we were really wondering how we could find enough potential customers in that area.”

    While in San Francisco, Tilton attended a wearable device demonstration and noticed how slow and inaccurate that particular device was. He immediately saw the potential in his own lab’s algorithms and thought, “I can do something better than that.

    The key, Tilton said, was developing a motion-sensing device with gesture recognition—one that combines accelerometer and gyroscope functions into a single sensor. While still at the I-Corps program, Tilton worked for two straight weeks on a prototype before showing Mehta, who knew Tilton was on to something. Mehta’s lab immediately shifted its focus, and by that September, Tilton had a software startup, an I-Start grant, and offices at EnterpriseWorks.

    “From the ground up, this is a different solution to pattern recognition and classification,” Tilton said. “What we’ve done involves repetitive motions. When you apply pattern recognition to motion data you get gesture recognition.”

    Gesture recognition allows a device to “identify and track any repetitive physical activity with greater accuracy and differentiation,” Tilton said. Not only are repetitions accurately tracked with Rithmio, but the software is able to monitor and report on the quality of the repetition and form.

    “You train your gesture recognition system just by doing the activity,” Tilton explained. “The software will learn the gesture according to how it was taught on training day.”

    Once the device is trained, Tilton said it’s able to do an incredibly accurate analysis. It can even compare two people’s activities against one another.

    In addition to refining the product, Tilton focused on honing the business plan and securing financial backing. Winning the top prize at the 2014 Cozad New Venture Competition was key.

    “Our Cozad experience was huge,” Tilton said. “It helped us refine and practice our pitch, put together a business plan, and get feedback. There were investors and others in the room who saw our potential and wanted us to move to the next step. Really, the Cozad judges were responsible for making all of this possible.”

    Tilton also references a “Made in Illinois” t-shirt he owns, saying that from his work with Mehta and his lab, to the many opportunities he took advantage of through the Technology Entrepreneur Center and EnterpriseWorks, the University of Illinois provided everything Tilton needed to create something big.


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  • 04/20/15--12:23: Dow Innovation Center
  • Students have long relied on summer internships to gather valuable, real-world work experience, yet many of these opportunities are limited in scope due to their short time frame. With the opening of the Dow Innovation Center, University of Illinois students are able to gain the experience of a full-time professional, while the global chemical company gains fresh ideas and the potential of future employees.

    “What’s unique about what we do at the Center is that the projects our students are involved in can provide immediate value” said Chris Anderson, who oversaw opening the Dow Innovation Center at the Research Park in January 2013 and managed the Center through August 2014. “The work being done by the students is tied to research projects that will directly benefit Dow’s R&D community when completed.”

    The disadvantage of a traditional summer-only internship, Anderson explained, is that a research project may span over a year or more. Students in 10-week internship programs may have to leave before a project is completed.

    Eric Soll, Director of Information Research at Dow (a global IT organization that serves Dow’s Research and Development), said that having University of Illinois students on a project for an entire year or more makes training them on business-specific tools a worthy investment.

    “It’s a much richer experience for a student, because they have the ability to be connecting and applying things to business while they’re in school and taking classes,” Soll said. “It even allows them to bring what they’re doing for us to bear on future classes they take. Their work with Dow puts the classroom learning into a context.”

    During the Innovation Center’s first 18 months, 49 University of Illinois students from a variety of departments—including Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Statistics—have worked at the Center. Anderson said the University’s “high caliber academic programs that align to our needs” led Dow to open the Center here, along with the “impressive scale of the Research Park” and access to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

    Developing data management solutions that support and accelerate discovery in Dow’s R&D organizations has been the Innovation Center’s primary goal since opening. Each student team is paired with a mentor from Information Research at Dow, as well as with the specific researcher who requested the work. While the students are given projects with clear parameters, Soll said innovative approaches are welcomed.

    “Last summer we did a project review with students, and what really struck me was the innovation they were applying to user experience interfaces,” Soll said. “They were so far out of the box, in a good way, coming up with approaches that make so much sense and look nothing like what we already have here. The students are coming with a whole different mindset from a whole different generation—they’re not weighed down by history or the idea of ‘how Dow does things.’ That diverse mix of perspectives is important in any organization.”

    In addition to the outcomes of the students’ work, the Innovation Center affords Dow another clear benefit: post-graduation recruitment.

    “One of the strengths of having the Innovation Center is our ability to see students developing over time—sometimes since their freshman year,” Anderson said. “We also have a chance to help shape their skill sets, and the students get to see if we’re a good fit for them, too.”

     


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    DOW INNOVATION CENTER CASE STUDY: Students gain valuable experience, while Dow benefits from fresh ideas and develops a recruiting pipeline.

    Category: 
    Student Research

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  • 04/20/15--15:00: Rithmio Case Study
  • CASE STUDY: How far can one business idea travel? Using Rithmio as a measure, all the way from missile & satellite analytics, to the wearable device market in one fell swoop.

    Category: 
    Entrepreneurial Support

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    Company Name: 
    Category: 
    Administrative/Support Services
    Status: 
    Full-Time
    Contact Email: 
    Elizabeth.Gilbert@akunacapital.com
    Description: 

    We are seeking an Office Coordinator and Brand Ambassador to help manage our Champaign office and provide UIUC Campus-specific support to the Chicago Recruiting Team. We are seeking a motivated individual to develop close ties with the university students and faculty members alike as well as engaging with the local technology community. We will be looking to bring on both full-time technology staff as well as providing opportunities for on-campus interns throughout the calendar year. The successful candidate will be responsible for office operations as well as driving the growth of our company in Champaign.

    What you’ll be doing:

    Brand Promotion & Recruitment Responsibilities

    ·         Promote Akuna to University officials including professors, career development representatives and other faculty through meetings and other networking events

    ·         Manage and maintain engagement of UIUC students through presentations, talks and events

    ·         Grow our social media presence by promoting and photographing company events

    ·         Organize and attend UIUC career fairs

    ·         Coordinate UIUC group sponsorship and group presentations with Campus Engagement

    ·         Attend group presentations and other campus events to promote Akuna

    ·         Assist with branding of Akuna to UIUC students by coordinating with Campus Engagement on purchasing of swag and Akuna branded merchandise for employees

    ·         Administer UIUC candidate submissions through GreenHouse

    Administrative Responsibilities

    ·         General office maintenance, restocking office and kitchen supplies

    ·         Manage receiving, opening, distribution and sending of mail and shipping

    ·         Ordering and managing security cards for employees

    ·         Intern/Full-time new hire on-boarding (verification and facility tour)

     

    ·         Plan Champaign-specific social activities for both interns and Full Time staff and

    ·         Promote the attendance of companywide events to Champaign staff

    ·         Liaise with Chicago Office Coordinator to schedule employee and intern office visits and travel

    Qualities that make great candidates:

    ·         Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate Akuna’s message and exciting opportunities in front of large and small audiences

    ·         Strong networking and interpersonal skills

    ·         Ability to multitask

    ·         Must be organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize responsibilities

    ·         Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook

    ·         Ability to work with various departments as well as Senior Management

    ·         Professional and reliable

    ·         Having an existing network of relationships both on and off-campus within the technology and academic community will be a strong plus

     

    **Please apply directly here: http://www.akunacapital.com/job-application/?jobid=60953**

     


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