There is a history of innovation and invention at IIT.  Below we explore the history and development of invention in the classroom and the idea of an invention center.

  This is an article published by our founder in the International Journal of Engineering Education some years back. The methods are still the same. Learning Engineering as Art: An Invention Center   By Francisco Ruiz, Associate Professor, MMAE dept. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616 Phone: (312) 567-3212…
    The IIT Invention Center why,what,how,where,who,when   G why? F New engineers coming from school have little idea of what makes a successful product. They have to be re-trained by their employers F Standard Engineering programs often damage the students' natural creativity because they emphasize analysis (calculations) over synthesis…
  Are you curious about the first projects that started at the IIT Invention center? Below is a comprehensive list of the first few years. Maybe you have seen some of these on the market. IIT Invention Center: 1995-2001 Fall-95 David Rine "Leg Stretching Machine" G. Sodhi and H. Yokota…
  This is the class taking place at the Invention Center when it started. The Fall-1997 syllabus gives a pretty good idea of what it was like. Mind you, some of the links have not survived the test of time. Syllabus of the Invention Class IPRO-x97-008 Invention Project 3 credit…
  Now under the aegis of the IIT Entrepreneurship program, the class has changed a bit, but it is essentially the same, as you can see in this syllabus.   BUS-363 Creativity and Inventions for Entrepreneurs 3 credit hours, Spring-2010 place: 4B2-1 IGTC Class times: Mondays/Wednesdays – 3:15 – 4:30…
The IIT Invention Center was started in 1995 with funding from the US Department of Education, through their Fund for Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE). This article includes the final report of that projcet. The methods described are still valid after all these year.   The Invention Program: Lessons Learned…