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Top Illinois Tech Students Identified Through 2012 ITA Fall Challenge
Undergraduate Bill Waldrep From the University of Chicago and PhD Student Murph Finnicum From the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Win the 2012 Fall Challenge Presented by Backstop Solutions Group
By: Marketwired .
Nov. 19, 2012 12:08 PM
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/12 -- The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) proudly announces the winners of the 2012 Fall Challenge Presented by Backstop Solutions Group. The Final Challenge brought 55 students to Chicago, introducing them to Illinois technology companies to attract them to the growing Chicago tech industry.
Bill Waldrep of the University of Chicago, Jesse Young from IIT, and Garrett Padera from the University of Illinois at Chicago earned the top 3 scores for Undergraduates, each receiving cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively. Ph.D. student Murph Finnicum from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign took the top honor for advanced degrees.
"Illinois is home to some of the top technology universities in the country and we want to encourage students at these schools to stay in Illinois when they graduate," said Governor Pat Quinn. "The ITA Fall Challenge helps connect our brightest students with some of our most innovative companies and builds the talent pool for future economic growth."
"The 2012 ITA Fall Challenge has driven the visibility of our company and introduced us to the next generation of talented technologists," said Chris Brown, Director of Engineering, Backstop Solutions Group. "Our company connected with some of the brightest engineering minds coming from our local universities. We look forward to welcoming them to the local tech industry."
"Growing the awareness of the local technology industry, with the support of companies like our Presenting Sponsor, Backstop Solutions Group, will bring much needed technology talent to the local industry," said Fred Hoch, President ITA. "Attracting and retaining top technology talent, fostered by the world-class universities here in the Midwest, not only fuels the economic growth of the region but establishes Chicago as a tech hub on a national level, attracting new businesses and funding."
The ITA thanks Presenting Sponsor Backstop Solutions Group; Supporting sponsors ADP, kCura, Nokia, and redbox; and Participating sponsor companies Applied Systems, Centro, ChannelIQ, MBX Systems, and Nxt Team.
ITA and Backstop congratulate all the 2012 ITA Fall Challenge Finalists on their great achievements.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Northern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
For more information about the ITA and the Fall Challenge, visit http://illinoistech.org.
About the ITA
Contact the ITA at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow the discussion on Twitter at @itabuzz, and visit www.illinoistech.org to find out more about how ITA supports the growth of the local industry.
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