EILC National Workshop

The first EILC National Workshop was held on February 26-27, 2020 in Washington, DC. We thank everyone who attended! (Check back for details about our next workshop in 2021.)



Attendees: College of Engineering Associate Deans/Vice Deans of Research, Associate Deans/Vice Deans of Innovation and/or Entrepreneurship, and University Innovation and/or Entrepreneurship Center Directors from 21 universities across the nation. Representatives from NSF, NIST, DOE, USPTO, and VentureWell also attended.


Discussions focused on:

  • Role of Engineering Associate Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Ecosystem Building, Campus Policies, Conflict Management, and Ethics
  • Faculty Engagement, Promotion and Tenure, and Incentives
  • Student Engagement, Curriculum, and Co-Curricular Programs
  • Goals: To align engineering colleges, research institutions, and national resources to accelerate development of the national innovation ecosystem through a network of academic leaders in engineering innovation.


Here is information about the 2020 workshop that was held in February:


Let us know you’re coming! You are encouraged to register early as space is limited. You will be notified when your registration is confirmed. Please note that due to space limitations, registration is by invitation only, and invitations are non-transferable.


There is NO registration fee. Funds are available to reimburse all or most of the costs of attendance (travel, lodging, meals at the workshop venue), and will be distributed after the workshop takes place.


Rooms are available at the Westin Alexandria Old Town for the nights of February 26 and 27, but space is limited. On the registration form, you will be asked to indicate which nights you need a room at the Westin.

NOTE: Reservations will be made at the Westin by the workshop hosts for the nights you indicate on an as-available basis; you are not required to book your own rooms unless you choose to stay elsewhere. Confirmation of Westin hotel reservations will be sent to your registration email address.


Airport | Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 4.4 miles from the workshop hotel.

Metro | King St. Old Town Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines) is 0.4 miles from the workshop hotel. Eisenhower Ave. Metro Station (Yellow Line) is 0.5 miles from the workshop hotel.

Amtrak | Alexandria/Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station is 0.5 miles from the workshop hotel.


Please click here to view or download a copy of the agenda.


The PI will put in place a clear harassment-free environment policy for this workshop, to which all attendees will be required to adhere. This harassment policy will be distributed together with the workshop program to all invited participants before the workshop takes place. It will also be available as a handout at the registration desk and will be emphasized during the housekeeping announcements at the beginning of each workshop day.


Please contact Andy Singer at acsinger@illinois.edu

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS | Ellis Meng, Vice Dean for Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California; Andrew Singer, Associate Dean for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Phil Weilerstein, Chief Executive, VentureWell.

Technology Entrepreneur Center

The Grainger College of Engineering

351 Coordinated Science Lab, MC-228
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

We're here to help! Contact Tara Flesner, TEC Office Manager, at the phone number or email above, and you'll get a quick response during normal business hours.

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