I came to IIT for the Fall 2010 Semester. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering.
My favourite thing(s) about IIT are the buildings, especially the building that houses the International Center and the MTCC; and the fact that IIT has the highest concentration of international students by % anywhere in the country. With just one plane ride from Mumbai to Chicago I've already learnt so much about so many cultures from all over the world!!
Also, the campus is small, allowing students to really familiarize themselves with literally everything a college offers, just ten minutes away from downtown Chicago is a major plus too!
My favourite thing about TechNews is it's dedicated team, with lots of ideas so that practically every time we have more content than we can fit in! As Campus Editor I've come to realize that our campus may be small, but it's got a lot of activity going around ... (except Finals Week, haha!)
Stories from Utsav Gandhi
Instituted last year, the Presidential Lecture Series is hosted by the Office of the IIT President, Dr. John Anderson and focuses on bringing highly reputed speakers to campus to engage and enlighten the audience about some of the most critical and relevant issues of our times. After last year's theme of sustainability, the theme this year has been chosen as Immigration Policy, one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. To kick things off for this academic year, the first speaker invited to campus was Dr.
After the work carried out on Perlstein Hall externally, the next, planned, large scale construction and redevelopment project on an academic building on campus is the proposed transformation of E1 to the John T. Rettaliata Center, named in honor of IIT’s president from 1952-1973. The project, was made possible with support provided by his wife, Caryl Pucci Rettaliata, the Center (historically, currently and more popularly known as E1) is being renovated to reflect updates in both design and functionality.
Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is one of the world's largest and most dynamic professional societies seeking to engage students and professionals tackling some of the 21st century's foremost challenges. With over 40,000 members and 200 student chapters worldwide, AIChE provides career guidance and networking opportunities to learn more about diverse careers in food processing, pharmaceutical, sustainable energy, biotechnology and environmental engineering.
It isn’t every day on the IIT campus that we get to listen to a Nobel Prize Laureate talk about the exciting work they are involved in and the larger challenges of the world their work is helping tackle. This is why just the announcement of the annual Darsh Wasan lecture was enough to get the university scientific community engaged and excited.
IIT's Engineers without Borders (EWB) chapter is currently partnering with FriendsNE, a non- profit organization based in Boston, MA, to help build a bridge in rural Nicaragua. The project has been in conception since October last year, after which a successful evaluation trip was also carried out over spring break last year (you can read more updates about the project at http://ewbiitsanclaudio.blogspot.com/).
Alternative Spring Break is known as one of the more socially engaged student organizations on campus, focusing on educational outreach and volunteer opportunities to gain and spread better awareness regarding social justice and homelessness.
With the increasingly mobile and accessible tools available for communication in the 21st century, university campuses face a whole gamut of issues with respect to the expression of opinion and exchange of personal views or information.
The Homecoming 2013 lecture, organized by the College of Science, started off with a welcome message by Dr. Martin C. Jischke (PHYS ’63), who spoke about how a solid academic background (including a whirlwind seven week course in classical thermodynamics) prepared him for an exciting career in university leadership. He then introduced Dean Russell Betts of the College of Sciences, who himself has had a stellar career at various top educational and research institutes around the world, and great success in his work with atomic, nuclear and high-energy physics.
One of the many perks of being a student is to be able to attend networking events in our backyard of Chicago’s thriving entrepreneurial scene; on a deeply discounted or free basis. One of these many opportunities is the Chicago Council on Science and Technology’s periodic programs, seminar and discussion series.
The Career Management Center started the new school year off on a very positive note. They began by getting the incoming students excited for an increasing number of on-campus student jobs, which are available at their summer Orientation sessions, and getting their Jobs4Hawks (formerly, NaceLink) accounts registered. The Career Management Center followed up with an extremely successful, first ever, on-campus Student Employment Fair. With multiple offices represented, and jobs available for all students regardless of citizenship or class level, Hermann Hal
The Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability (OCES) hosted the first Sustainability Forum of the semester on Friday, September 06, 2013 at 12:30pm in the Hermann Hall Ballroom. It was basically an introduction to campus sustainability goals for the next few years as well as an introduction to opportunities for students, especially freshmen, interested in sustainability related topics, to get involved with various campus organizations and programs promoting similar ideas.
By far some of the most exhilarating days to be on campus, Welcome Week, organized by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Campus Life, has consistently upped the ante on establishing a welcoming atmosphere for incoming students to get excited about attending IIT. It also encourages returning students to get back into the groove as they share stories of summer experiences and internships.
It’s that time of the year again. Providing memorable service learning experiences over spring break, the words “ASB” have become almost synonymous to any of the twenty-five items on the official IIT Bucket List. Every year, participating members have come back with lifetime memories, unique experiences, travel experience, strong friendships and the satisfaction of having spent spring break in one of the most meaningful and productive ways possible.
For most undergraduates, one of the most unforgettable components which make up the college experience is life in the residence halls. Without it, four years of college really seem incomplete. The sheer convenience of living on campus is why even the lucky few whose families live close enough for them to commute are encouraged to look into on-campus housing as an option.
As one of the major technology institutes in the Chicagoland area and a primary center of research, along with having a premier law school, institute of design, college of architecture as well as a marketed school of business, IIT is
We had only “heard” about the Chicago Innovation Chase as an “intense, mind-blowing, two day experience” before signing up for the competition. We had heard from previous participants and winners that the two day innovation and entrepreneurship competition would teach some valuable lessons which would be very difficult to gain in our regular classes.
IIT students were exposed to a couple of fantastic great opportunities to hear from and discuss ideas with some great minds over the last couple of weeks, with two annual lectures being held to celebrate the rigor of IIT's academic and research components. The Department of Chemistry's annual Kilpatrick Lecturer was Dr. Daniel Nocera, Harvard professor of Energy, inventor of the "Artificial Leaf", and the IIT Research Day/Sigma Xi Lecturer was noted science photographer Felice Frankel.
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