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
So, where do I start?
Oh right, (almost) four years ago. It was the very first meeting of TechNews for the academic year 2010 to 2011, and I was as literally fresh off the boat as could be. It was my first few days in the country, having just completed quite an overwhelming orientation session.
Part of an incredibly important and attention-grabbing movement happening across Illinois and around the country left its mark on the IIT campus this past week in the midst of a busy Wednesday afternoon, as students and staff gathered at the MTCC Welcome Center. Some students were wearing black t-shirts and holding a banner; a crowd was gathering and there was some strong media presence in the area too.
The IIT College of Social Sciences continued the Benjamin Franklin Project with an interdisciplinary conference on institutional innovation, exploring various historical and current perspectives on how institutions can provide the framework for revolution.
What an extraordinarily successful season for Alternative Spring Break! The most number of applications ever, the largest team size ever, correspondingly the biggest budget and the most successful fundraising season! This included the annual Pie in the Face with President Anderson himself dropping by ever so sportingly to get pied for charity and a Tamale Sale that was deeply appreciated by all. This was also the year with the first ever ASB Fall Build as well as ASB Chicago, for those unable to attend the spring build trip to West Virginia.
Working directly with the support of school administration to inspire creativity among students to implement change from the bottom-up, the Student Government Association partnered with MonkeyBars and sponsored by Google, O'Reilly Books, IIT Institute of Design, and IIT to organize a 24 hour Hackathon style competition, the "Re-Imagination Challenge".
Unbeknownst to many, a small, enterprising group of IIT alumni have initiated some influential change right here in the immediate Chicagoland vicinity of our campus. Combining technical expertise with a passion for community mobilizing and an entrepreneurial flair, a group of “doers” have started a “hackerspace” on the south side of Chicago (in Pilsen). They are seeking “hackers, tinkerers, hobbyists, crafters, artists and doers” to help create a social, educational and collaborative space for the benefit of the larger community.
Every year, the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, while in Canada, it is observed in October. This year, students commemorated the theme of ‘Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,’ here at IIT throughout the month.
“Today is my second best day as President of the university. The first was when the Fueling Innovation campaign was made public, and today, we are announcing a landmark challenge gift towards the same goal. If someone were to ask me a few days ago, ‘what if someone gave you 10 million dollars, I’d probably just ask again–really?’” said, John L. Anderson, the President of Illinois Institute of Technology.
Friday, February 28, was a breakthrough occasion for the course of history this university is charting.
He referenced “Meet the Press” with Marsha Blackburn, and he mentioned the creationism debate two weeks ago. He handed out certificates and trophies to some enterprising young engineers and scientists, encouraged them (especially the women in the audience) to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)
He expressed his contempt at those who fudge facts and figures to spread misconceptions and misrepresentations about science (“There are liars, evil liars, and then there are statisticians.”)
Braving some frigid temperatures and strong winds, a few student leaders made a trek on the afternoon of Monday, January 27, to the Idea Shop for an exclusive opportunity to meet with Presidential Lecture Series speaker, Dr. Charles Herschel. The series intended to bring leading experts in energy, sustainability, health, innovation, and other areas of societal challenges to Chicago to lend us their views and engage in discussion.
IIT students are participating in a nationwide campus campaign to raise awareness about the U.S. national debt, which, according to figures posted by the Treasury Department has jumped to over $17 trillion.
“Our federal government is running a deficit, annually spending more than it receives in revenue. To make up for this, the U.S. borrows money, adding to the federal debt”, said George Batah, the leader of the Up to Us campaign which will run from January 21 to February 21.
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.
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