Donors Make a Difference

“Whenever I start feeling overwhelmed by the work or stressed by the difficulty, I reflect on the fact that I am backed by gracious donors who strongly believe that I will succeed,” – Kylie Petlak

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Giving to ECE ILLINOIS allows you to support students as they embark on and continue earning a world-class education, and faculty members, as they conduct research that is changing the world. Learn more about our giving priorities.


Support ECE students through the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative. It will raise a $100 million endowment to bring the nation's best students to the College of Engineering and ECE ILLINOIS by making college more affordable.


The New ECE Building Fund supports the new home of ECE ILLINOIS. The fund is growing to help us reach and exceed $95 million to build and sustain the new ECE Building, where thousands of students will earn a world-class education and faculty are conducting research that continues to solve society’s greatest challenges.


The ECE Department, with the help of Lolita Chuang, has established the Professor Shun-Lien Chuang Memorial Fund for Excellence in Graduate Education. This fund recognizes outstanding ECE graduate students each year who exemplify Professor Chuang’s work ethic and passion for people.


The ECE Trust fund supports a wide variety of departmental needs, such as student travel to conferences, independent study research, and much more. If you'd like to make a gift that supports the department in general, select this fund.


This fund honors the memory of Professor George Anner and his nearly three decades of service to ECE ILLINOIS.


This scholarship honors Dr. Milton Feng, who with Nick Holonkyak Jr. invented the first transistor laser and demonstrated with oxide VCSELs the fastest U.S. transmission of error-free data over fiber-optic networks.

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Contact Us

Steven A. George

Senior Director of Advancement
1060 ECE Building
(217) 244-8023

Allison Winter

Associate Director of Advancement
1062 ECE Building
(217) 244-8307