Motorola Opens Innovation Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Friday, September 13, 2019 | Comments

Motorola Solutions opened its first college campus innovation center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Research Park.

The innovation center will employ undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds to focus on developing products, applications and services in key growth areas, including command center software and video security and analytics. Students will focus on projects for the company’s chief technology office, and advanced technology and products organizations.

“We are excited to welcome Motorola Solutions to the Research Park,” said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Robert J. Jones. “Their presence offers new opportunities for collaborations around some of the most critical elements of our public safety infrastructure. The Motorola Solutions design center is an example of our university strategic goal of establishing ourselves as a testbed for the technologies and services that will enable the safe, healthy and sustainable communities of the future.”

The new Motorola Solutions innovation and design center opened in the fall 2019 semester and has capacity for up to 40 interns with an option for full-time employees in the future. Interns and employees will work directly with Motorola Solutions staff to help move ideas to test mode more quickly.

“Partnering with the University of Illinois provides access to a depth of talent across a number of disciplines, encouraging research in areas that are critical to Motorola Solutions’ future,” said Kelly Mark, executive vice president, services and software, Motorola Solutions and University of Illinois alumnus. “The new innovation center will provide an opportunity for the next generation of students and employees to make valuable contributions to the company and broader tech community.”

The team will be managed by site director Craig Ibbotson, member of the technical staff, Motorola Solutions and computer science alumnus of the University of Illinois.

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