April 18 2014


TEC Alumni Series: Blaiszik Shares His Story

By: Hannah Miller

After receiving his Ph.D in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois, Ben Blaiszik became a Director’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago. 

His current research at the Lab has a broad focus, ranging from developing new non-particle therapies for cancer treatment to improving the durability and lifespan of lithium- and sodium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

TEC Alumni Series: Eric Berthene Shares His Vision

By: Lyndsey Taylor

Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) and University of Illinois alum Eric Berthene is a travel junkie with a social entrepreneur’s spirit.

After studying abroad in Poland and traveling to the Middle East for a graduation trip, he entered the working world as a service delivery analyst at a consulting and software company called MatterSight.

TEC Alumni Series: The David Albrecht Adventure

By: Lyndsey Taylor

Since graduation, Illinois alumnus David Albrecht has dabbled in consulting, working for Microsoft, and several startups. Currently Albrecht is devoting his electrical and computer engineering skills  to Wishery.

Wishery “adds customer relationship tools to Gmail (Google Apps) to help your team become much more efficient and effective at delivering buzz-worthy sales, service and support via email,” according to its website. 

TEC Alumni Series: A Minute with Jason Skowronski

By: Lyndsey Taylor

University of Illinois alumnus Jason Skowronski has immersed himself in the software world since obtaining his master’s degree in computer engineering in 2007.

TEC Alumni Series: Checking in with Andy Phillip

By: Lyndsey Taylor

URBANA, Ill. (Mar. 13, 2012)--Illinois alumni Andy Phillip has been using his electrical engineering skills to create a startup that manufactures high-precision parts.

Microlution makes industrial cutting equipment, specializing in technology that requires small parts.

As co-founder and president, Phillip handles product, technology and market development, as well as sales.

TEC Alumni Series: Get to Know Andrew Honegger

URBANA, Ill.--(Mar. 5, 2012)-- It all started at a Champaign apartment with a make-shift desk, in a walk-in closet.

Now Microlution is based out of Chicago in an 11,000 square-foot office space.

Microlution is a “machine tool manufacturer specializing in building high performance CNC machine tools that have been optimized to fabricate small high precision parts,” created by University of Illinois alumni Andrew Honegger and Andy Phillip.

TEC Alumni Series: Keith Schacht's Status

By: Lyndsey Taylor

Urbana, Ill.---Jan. 18, 2012---Keith Schacht, former University of Illinois student, has taken his passion for computer science and recently applied it to social networking in San Francisco, Calif.

Schacht is the current product manager for News Feed on Facebook.

TEC Alumni Series: An in Depth Look at Anirban Basu

By: Lyndsey Taylor

Urbana, Ill.-(October 19, 2011)- Since graduation from Illinois in May 2009, Anirban Basu has continued to pursue his love for technology by working for Intel Corporation as a senior device engineer.

TEC Alumni Series: The 411 on Adam Steele

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By: Lyndsey Taylor

In hopes to expose his startup business, merge.fm, to the West Coast music industry, entrepreneur and University of Illinois alum, Adam Steele, recently moved to Glendale, Calif.

TEC Alumni Series: The Zach Kaplan Special

Zach Kaplan

By: Lyndsey Taylor

Engineers looking for a central place for prototype materials may have a new muse.

Inventables, the “innovators hardware store,” has been University of Illinois alumnus Zach Kaplan’s business venture since 2002, and is meant to make the experience of prototype-material shopping much simpler. The site carries specific sizes of materials that innovators may need in small quantities.


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