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If you've ever wondered, "How can I commercialize research from my group's lab?" or "Which entrepreneurship courses are available at Illinois?" or "What opportunities are available to meet successful Illinois alumni?" then you should attend this ECE Colloquium.
The Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering offers courses for students and programs and activities for students, faculty and alumni centered on technology entrepreneurship. ECE Prof. Andrew Singer is the Director of the TEC and Jed Taylor is the Assistant Director of the TEC and the two of them will discuss the many courses, programs and activities offered through the TEC and other resources on campus available to graduate students, including the Silicon Valley Trip, the Cozad New Venture Competition, the I-Corps Sites program, Certificates in Strategic Technology Management and a host of other activities. They will also discuss many of the other campus resources available to students, such as the Office of Technology Management, EnterpriseWorks (the campus incubator), and IllinoisVentures (VC), and how they all fit into the Illinois Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
Prof. Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Professor in the ECE department and the Coordinated Science Laboratory. During the academic year 1996, he was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he designed algorithms, architectures and systems for a variety of DOD applications. His research interests include signal processing and communication systems. He was a Hughes Aircraft Masters Fellow, and was the recipient of the Harold L. Hazen Memorial Award for excellence in teaching in 1991. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, in 2001 he received the Xerox Faculty Research Award, and in 2002 was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. Dr. Singer has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and is a member of the MIT Educational Council, and of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
In 2005, Prof. Singer was appointed as the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering. He also co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a venture-funded fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign Illinois. A developer of signal processing enhanced chips for ultra-high speed optical communications systems, Intersymbol was acquired by Finisar Corporation (NASD:FNSR) in 2007. Prof. Singer serves on the board of directors of a number of technology companies and as an expert witness for electronics, communications, and circuit-related technologies.