UIC Alumnus Donates $6.5M for Bioengineering Program

Entrepreneur and corporate CEO Rick Hill, who grew up on the South Side, believes Chicago is ideally positioned to be a major player in biotechnology over the next decade.

Hill and his wife, Loan, have pledged $6.5 million to the University of Illinois at Chicago's department of bioengineering, now housed jointly in the UIC College of Engineering and the UIC College of Medicine. The gift is the largest in the history of the College of Engineering and brings the couple's total giving to UIC to nearly $9 million. Their hope, Hill said, is that other civic-minded individuals, corporations and elected officials "will see the potential we see" in Chicago and in UIC -- to revitalize the region's economy and to solve the medical problems that beset an aging population, such as glaucoma and cancer.

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