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In 2010 we were proud to develop an exciting new facility at IIT: the Idea Shop at University Technology Park. A 13,000 square foot facility, the Idea Shop is composed of a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping lab, collaborative teaming areas, formal classroom space, and storage areas for student use. It also serves as a hub for engaging alumni and corporate and community stakeholders.
Equipped with 3D-ready, multifunction projectors and group-oriented spaces, the Idea Shop comes to life as a showcase, workplace and learning space. At its core, it offers an environment that inspires interaction across professional programs at IIT, elevating the entire educational experience.
Welcome to the website for the Office of Undergraduate Affairs. We are the backbone of all activities related to the undergraduate academic experience at IIT, including maintaining undergraduate student records, upholding the university’s academic policies, and conferring degrees. We also provide academic counseling and work to build programs and facilities that enable our students to be innovative and successful.
Christopher White (Professor of Physics) is currently Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and has been a member of the faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology since 1998. He was chair of the University Faculty Council from 2008-2011, and was chair of the Department of Physics during the 2011 and 2012 academic years. His field of research is sub-atomic physics, specifically, the study of elementary particles.
As vice provost, Professor White is responsible for the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Graduate Academic Affairs, the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Office of Undergraduate Research, the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program, the Idea Shop, Assessment and Accreditation, and student academic affairs in general.
In his administrative role, Professor White is responsible for improving student retention, helping to define and implement distinctive education, overseeing a diverse set of academic programs (e.g. traditional degrees, co-terminal degrees, and joint programs), improving assessment initiatives, and optimizing student outcomes.
Professor White has taught a wide variety of physics courses in collaboration with three academic departments at IIT: Physics, Architecture, and Math and Science Education. He is currently supervising three Ph.D. students and one post-doctoral scholar, is an active collaborator in the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, and regularly serves as a panelist for Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics (DOE OHEP) reviews.
Professor White holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Minnesota, and he was a postdoctoral scholar at The Ohio State University. He is an author on over 100 journal publications and is a co-author of the book Hands-On Electronics, published by Cambridge University Press.
He received IIT's University Excellence in Teaching award in 2003, and the Sigma Xi University Research Award in 2013. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Physical Society (APS). He serves as chair of the Institutional Board for the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment.
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