The Research Park at the University’s Urbana-Champaign campus will be the home of the newest Cargill Innovation Lab that will be led by the processors’ data scientists.
“Cargill’s commitment to engaging our students in its innovation process will add a new dimension to their educational experiences at Illinois,” said Robert J. Jones, chancellor of University of Illinois. “I had the good fortune to visit Cargill’s headquarters and engage with their leadership in this process. I am excited that Cargill has decided to join the dynamic environment in our Research Park.”
The Innovation Lab is expected to provide Cargill with a pipeline of talented software engineering and data science students and graduates to with research into agricultural supply chains and food systems.
“We are on a constant search for new innovations and new talent, whose fresh thinking can help us bring new technologies to life,” said Keith Narr, vice president, Cargill’s digital labs team. “With an impressive engineering and computer science program, the University of Illinois is an ideal partner to spur the growth and innovation in our digital business.”
The Cargill Innovation Lab formally opens its doors later this year, following a successful first phase of the partnership, including a 12-week internship program.