Developing partnerships to drive business forward
The world's top companies are drawn to The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of our global reputation for leadership in engineering research and education.
Engagement with Grainger Engineering will foster collaborative opportunities where industry and research can generate technology and breakthroughs that spur innovation. Partnering with us means you will be part of leading-edge projects and programs with limitless potential that can drive exceptional research, increase the pool of talented future employees and advance your industry forward. We’ll work with you to build strategic partnerships.
Giving back to the community that allows Grainger Engineering to thrive is fundamental to the mission of Illinois. From programs for budding engineers to support for underrepresented groups, we make it our mission to spread the knowledge and possibilities that come from a world-class engineering institution.
Grainger Engineering alumni are some of the most sought after members of the workforce, so get a foot in the door early for recruiting Grainger Engineering students for internships and for jobs after graduation.
Research is at the heart of what makes Grainger Engineering great. Your company can be at the forefront of the future and work on ideas that will revolutionize your industry by partnering with Grainger Engineering faculty, researchers and students. There are numerous opportunities for your company to sponsor groundbreaking research that will advance your organization. Countless innovations have taken place on this campus, and many more will undoubtedly develop with proper support.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
From YouTube to PayPal, some of our generation’s greatest entrepreneurs have come from Grainger Engineering. This innovative spirit is encouraged and developed in every Grainger engineer from undergraduate to faculty member.
Short Courses & Custom Programs
Grainger Engineering’s Short Courses for Professionals focus on applications of advanced technical topics, developed and delivered by leading experts across multiple areas of unique expertise. These small, in-person programs are structured to optimize engagement, discussion, and hands-on learning.
Over the next five years, The Grainger College of Engineering will direct and invest its resources to pursue six overarching strategic directions to achieve excellence in pursuit of its mission and vision.
"I'm interning as a software engineer at Signal in Chicago this semester, and this company is fantastic! I love the open office format, the stand-up meetings, and the coding experience I'm gaining here."
Riqui Li, Computer Science '20
Watch Riqui describe her experience
Grainger Engineering graduates are fueling today’s top companies, but not enough of them are reinvesting their skills and building their careers in Chicago long term. Partnering with the City Scholars program can help you identify, hire, and retain some of the world’s most talented engineers and computer scientists to compete with coastal markets and build Chicago’s tech workforce.
Located on campus, the Research Park has more than 120+ companies and growing, employing 2,100 people in high-technology careers. At any given time more than 800 student interns are gaining valuable experiential learning and work experience while making real contributions to internal corporate R&D and product development programs.
Siebel Center for Design
The new Siebel Center for Design (SCD) is one component of a larger cross-campus, multidisciplinary effort to harness the potential of design thinking and design learning in our teaching, research, and engagement. Through this effort, we will channel our students’ outstanding talents to develop expertise, passion, and creativity toward issues and lives of consequence.