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President Easter’s statement on digital lab grant

February 25, 2014

URBANA, Ill. — The following is a statement by University of Illinois President Robert Easter on Tuesday’s announcement by President Obama that UI LABS has been awarded $70 million to fund the Digital Lab for Manufacturing.

The University of Illinois created UI LABS, an independent research center based in Chicago that will bring together universities, government and industry to foster innovation and economic growth. UI LABS led a broad-based, public-private coalition that won federal funding for a flagship research institute where leading-edge technology will be applied to pioneer new products and processes that reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing.

“We are delighted by the success of the UI LABS application and look forward to joining with other university and industry partners in creating an opportunity for our faculty to contribute their expertise to advanced manufacturing and the revitalization of the regional economy,” said Easter, who attended Tuesday’s White House ceremony. “Congratulations to all involved in bringing this to fruition.”


The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 78,000 students, more than 23,000 faculty and staff, and campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I awards more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.