The State of Innovation
Episode 1 - Prof. Edward Colgate

Episode 1 - Prof. Edward Colgate

November 14, 2018

On the inaugural episode of the Data Dish podcast, we sit down with Prof. Edward Colgate from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering to discuss his research in robotics, his newest startup, and how university research has changed over the past 30 years.

Episode 2 - Prof. Brandon Cox

Episode 2 - Prof. Brandon Cox

November 14, 2018

Episode 2 of the podcast features Prof. Brandon Cox from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. We discuss her research efforts in hearing loss and regeneration, SIU’s strength in hearing research, and how the field of hearing loss has evolved in recent years.

Episode 3 - Prof. Lori Andrews

Episode 3 - Prof. Lori Andrews

November 14, 2018

Episode 3 of the podcast features Prof. Lori Andrews from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago Kent College of Law. We chat about Prof. Andrews’ groundbreaking work at the intersection of law and technology, including her work in genetics and biotechnology, as well as with social networks and online privacy. 

Episode 4 - Beyond the Index with Mark Harris

Episode 4 - Beyond the Index with Mark Harris

December 19, 2018

Episode 4 of the podcast goes in-depth on our recently released STEM Talent issue of the Illinois Innovation Index with Mark Harris, President & CEO of ISTC. We discuss trends in Illinois STEM talent pipeline, including the growth of computer and data science, and the need for greater diversity and employer engagement in Illinois.

Episode 5 - Colleen D. Egan

Episode 5 - Colleen D. Egan

July 28, 2020

ISTC's podcast is back! We're now The State of Innovation podcast. On our triumphant return, we speak to new ISTC/I CEO Colleen D. Egan about her journey and what's next for our organization.

Episode 6 - Abin Kuriakose

Episode 6 - Abin Kuriakose

August 12, 2020

On this episode of The State of Innovation, we sit down with ChicagoNEXT director Abin Kuriakose to discuss his career arc; the great work going on at ChicagoNEXT; how Chicago can leverage tech to inclusively grow its economy; and much more.

Episode 7 - Kate Waimey Timmerman

Episode 7 - Kate Waimey Timmerman

August 31, 2020

On this episode of The State of Innovation, we sit down with Kate Waimey Timmerman, Executive Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE). On the heels of a game-changing announcement for quantum research in Illinois, we discuss how CQE is bringing together universities, federal labs, industry and startups to boost innovation and create jobs. 

Episode 8 - Gail Rost and Kendra Wieneke, Siebel Center for Design

Episode 8 - Gail Rost and Kendra Wieneke, Siebel Center for Design

September 23, 2020

Gail Rost and Kendra Wieneke from the University of Illinois' Siebel Center for Design join the show to discuss developments at the Siebel Center; how Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design (HCD) can shape the way we approach challenges; and much more!

Episode 9 - Synim Rivers

Episode 9 - Synim Rivers

November 12, 2020

On this episode of The State of Innovation, we sit down with Synim Rivers, Director of R&D Communication at Horizon Therapeutics. We discuss her career arc, Horizon's recent success, the R&D landscape in Illinois, and how to move forward on health equity issues.

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