U of I Professor Leaving for Northwestern

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URBANA – Our partners at The News-Gazette report the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be losing one of its top professors to Northwestern University.

According to the article, materials science and engineering professor John Rogers accepted a position at Northwestern University. The appointment will take effect in September 2016. Rogers will act as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine.

The UI professor is known worldwide for his development of flexible electronics that could possibly grow to be integrated with the human body as medical applications.

News-Gazette reporter Julie Wurth writes that Rogers will lead a new research institute at Northwestern, but he will still perform research at the UI through a research affiliate after he changes schools.

Rogers had been considering a job opportunity on the West Coast, but Northwestern ultimately won the professor over with a $25 million research center that he will lead. It will focus on bio-integrated electronics.

The News-Gazette also notes that Roger explained his decision has nothing to do with the state budget crisis or recent controversies at the University of Illinois.

While Rogers says it was a difficult decision, he is optimistic for his future work and maintaining relationships with the UI.

“I think I’ll be able to maintain a robust and productive interactions with a lot of the same folks I’ve been working with over the last decade. I think it’ll be great for everyone,” Rogers said.

The full story of Rogers’ departure and his work can be found in The News-Gazette’s article here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-08-29/ui-losing-star-professor-northwestern.html/

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