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A winning bid: eBay Inc. engages with Hoeft T&M program at Illinois


Champaign, Ill.—eBay Inc. is the newest corporate affiliate of the Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program, an undergraduate degree that bridges the Colleges of Business and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. eBay Inc. appointed Dean Nelson, vice president of Global Foundation Services, to serve as the primary board member on the T&M Corporate Affiliates Program Advisory Board. eBay Inc. joins representatives from Abbott, BP, Boeing, Capital One, John Deere, Motorola Solutions, and Walmart.

Illinois engineering faculty recently worked with eBay Inc. on a study of the company’s newest data center—the first in the world to use fuel cells as its primary, on-site power source—lessening the company’s environmental footprint. eBay Inc.’s affiliation with the Hoeft T&M Program is an opportunity to further expand its relationship with the University.

John Quarton, director of the Hoeft T&M Program, says, “eBay Inc. offers different opportunities for students and a new, fresh perspective. Students are excited that a highly successful commerce company is an affiliate of the program, a company that was founded and has grown into a multibillion-dollar business during their lifetimes.”

Larry DeBrock, dean of the College of Business, remarked on corporate sponsorship’s numerous benefits: “Corporate supporters like eBay Inc. energize the College’s connection with the business community. They help our programs better engage students, who are at a critical stage in their professional learning; they provide students intensive, real-world experiences through internships and capstone projects; and they offer invaluable networking opportunities.”

“eBay Inc. represents so many areas that our students excel in—power systems, sustainability, computer science, and engineering and data science,” said Andreas Cangellaris, dean of Illinois’ College of Engineering. “The Hoeft T&M Program gives them the opportunity to also experience the business side of an important and growing tech company.”


About the Hoeft Technology & Management Program:
The Hoeft T&M Program at Illinois bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified undergraduates drawn from the Colleges of Engineering and Business. Working closely with its corporate partners, the program grooms the best and the brightest to be tomorrow's leaders in technology and business.

About the College of Business:
The College of Business—with top-ranked programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance— enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students in MBA, master’s, and doctoral programs. Faculty and the classes they teach have been lauded by publications as varied as the Princeton Review and Inc. The College is home to the world’s first business school 3D printer and the Business Instructional Facility, the world’s first public business school facility to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.

About the College of Engineering:
The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, with undergraduate and graduate programs rated among the top five nationally. More than 8,000 students study in 12 specialized engineering departments. The breadth and scope of research, scholarship, and service activities are enormous—more than $213 million funding more than 2,000 projects by some 650 researchers and thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to long-standing leadership in traditional engineering specialties, Engineering at Illinois is pioneering new areas such as nanotechnology, bioengineering, trusted computer systems, novel materials, and much more.

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