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Illinois ECE alumnus pledges $1 million for Ubben Expansion Project

12/14/2020

Joseph Park, Illinois ECE

Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Athletics
Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Athletics

Illinois ECE alumnus Bryan Ingram (BSEE '86) and his wife Patti pledged $1 million for the Ubben Basketball Complex renovation and expansion project. According to an article from the University of Illinois Athletics, this project will add about 40,000 square feet to the existing building including a new coach's office space, entry lobby, and two new half courts, while remodeling large portions of the existing space. Additionally, locker rooms and player lounges sizes will be significantly increased along with the addition of a state-of-the-art sports medicine area.

"Even prior to attending the University of Illinois, I greatly admired its standards of excellence in both athletics and academics," Ingram said to the University of Illinois Athletics. "As a lifelong Illini sports fan, I am proud to demonstrate that by supporting the Ubben Complex and our student-athletes that embody those high standards."

After graduating from Illinois ECE in 1986, Ingram earned his master's in engineering from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Most recently, Ingram was the COO of Avago Technologies and the SVP of the Wireless Semiconductor Division at Broadcom Inc. Ingram is now a director for private and public company boards and invests in technology startups.

Bryan Ingram (BSEE '86)
Bryan Ingram (BSEE '86)

"We are so appreciative of Bryan and Patti's generosity to the Illinois basketball programs," Director of Athletics Josh Whitman said. "We know that Bryan's experiences at Illinois have continued to shape his philanthropic choices with his dedication to The Grainger Engineering, and we are so thankful that he has chosen to help our athletic program, an area that he has been passionate about even before his time as an Illinois undergraduate."

Ingram also established the Ingram Family Scholarship at Illinois ECE in 2017. This scholarship was created to support a passionate student pursue their education and create an impactful career. The Ingram Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a freshman at Illinois ECE, with preference from Perry County, the hometown of Ingram. 

Read more from the University of Illinois Athletics here.