As a public university in the heart of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) provides critical higher education access to a diverse body of students from Chicago and all over the world. At one time, UIC was known for its state-of-the-art science laboratories. But the labs, which are used by 6,000 students every year, including 3,000 natural science majors, had not been renovated in 45 years.
With the coordination of James H. Wooten, Jr., ITW’s retired general counsel—and a UIC alum—the ITW Foundation pledged $1.1 million for renovation and work was recently completed on four science and engineering laboratories. This far-reaching gift is expected to double the number of science sections taught, give more students of diverse backgrounds access to the laboratories and allow for a revamped curriculum. ITW representatives continue to serve on the UIC College of Engineering’s Advisory Board and Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program Advisory Board.
ITW also supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education at Northwestern University, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. On a national and global level, our businesses support a number of STEM-related education programs across grade levels.