Chairs, Professorships, and Faculty Scholars
The endowed chair represents the highest honor the university can confer on faculty members. Endowed chairs help attract and retain brilliant scholars by providing them dedicated resources for innovative research and teaching opportunities.
Named professorships allow Illinois ECE to recruit and retain promising researchers and teachers and encourage them to expand their careers here. The income from named professorships may be used to supplement a professor’s salary or support his or her research needs.
Faculty Fellows & Scholars
Illinois ECE faculty fellows and scholars appointments are given to signify a distinction beyond that implied by a normal professorship, notably to faculty members earlier in their careers. These faculty members exhibit exceptional commitment to both teaching and research and are among the highest priority for support and retention.
|Faculty||Named Faculty Fellow and Scholars|
|Deming Chen||Donald Biggar Willett Scholar|
|Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia||William L. Everitt Scholar in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Songbin Gong||Intel Alumni Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Pavan Kumar Hanumolu||Intel Alumni Scholar in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Negar Kiyavash||Donald Biggar Willett Scholar|
|Xiuling Li||Donald Biggar Willett Scholar|
|Olgica Milenkovic||Donald Biggar Willett Scholar|
|Pierre Moulin||Sony Faculty Scholar|
|Sanjay Jeram Patel||Sony Faculty Scholar|
|Maxim Raginsky||William L. Everitt Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Romit Roy Choudhury||W.J. "Jerry" Sanders III - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Scholar in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Lara Waldrop||Y.T. Lo Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
Emeritus Chairs & Professorships
World-class faculty are critical to the success of Illinois ECE. Faculty support is crucial to maintaining the department’s stature as one of the best in the world.
Our top giving priority for faculty is the Faculty Catalyst Award Fund.
Illinois ECE seeks to attract more than 40 top faculty members in the next five years. As it does so, the department must compete with peer institutions and top corporations who not only offer competitive salaries, but also start-up funding.
These start-up packages act as catalytic agents, helping new faculty with the resources they need to create, equip, and initiate cutting-edge laboratories to launch their careers. The average start-up package is about $500,000. Therefore, our goal is to raise $20 million to hire the best and brightest faculty.
Gifts toward the Faculty Catalyst Award Fund will enable the next generation of Illinois ECE legendary faculty, who will shape the minds of students for decades to come.
You may choose to support the fund in one of three ways:
- Add to the Faculty Catalyst Award Fund
- Establish and name your own Faculty Catalyst Award (each $250,000 gift will be matched)
- Combine both a Faculty Catalyst Award and an endowed faculty scholar, professorship, or chair
In addition, attracting and retaining top faculty salaries by endowing faculty scholars, professorships, or chairs is crucial for supporting salaries and honoring top faculty in the department. We currently have more than 25 endowed faculty positions, named for legends like Kilby, Bardeen, Holonyak, Van Valkenburg, Everitt, and Lo.
You may choose to establish an endowed faculty position at one of these levels:
- Endowed faculty scholar ($250,000)
- Endowed professorship ($500,000)
- Endowed chair ($2 million)
- Endowed department head ($4 million)
To establish your own fund or for more information, please contact us.