Chairs and Professorships

Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professorship in Computer Science

Sohaib Abbasi and his wife, Sara, established the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professorship to enable the department to maintain its stature as one of the nation's premiere departments and give students the opportunity to learn from a world-renown computer scientist and educator. Read more...

Abel Bliss Professorship in Engineering

The generous Bliss bequest, established by Helen Eva Bliss in memory of Abel Bliss Jr., is used to advance scholarly activities in the College of Engineering. In addition, a portion of the Bliss bequest supports the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center Endowment Read more...

  • Jiawei Han (2011-present)
  • Rob A. Rutenbar (2010-2017)

Richard T. Cheng Professorship in Computer Science

Dr. Richard T. Cheng (MS CS '69, PhD '71) established a professorship in 2015 to help CS @ ILLINOIS retain and attract talented faculty. An influential educator, who founded the computer science departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Old Dominion University, Dr. Cheng's philanthropy at Illinois began more than 15 years ago. Read more...

Fulton Watson Copp Chair in Computer Science

The Fulton Watson Copp Chair was established with a gift from his estate. The Copp Chair was established to recognize a faculty member who is internationally renown leader in computer science, has an ongoing research program central to the mission of the department, and is a prominent educator with a reputation for outstanding, innovative teaching. Read more...

Michael Faiman Professorship in Computer Science

Established by Douglas B. MacGregor (MS CS '80) to provide significant recognition of an outstanding faculty member, the Michael Faiman Professorship in Computer Science honors the late Professor Faiman for his service and dedication to students as manifested through exemplary teaching and guidance. Read more...

Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professorship

The Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher Professorships have been made possible through a gift from George M. C. and Patricia Ann Fisher, in honor of the late Ralph M. and Catherine V. Fisher, George’s parents. Read more...

Founder Professorship of Engineering

The Founder Professorships of Engineering have been made possible by the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, the result of a $100 million investment in the College of Engineering. Read more...

Donald B. Gillies Chair in Computer Science

The Donald B. Gillies Chair in Computer Science honors the late Professor Gillies (1928-1975), who was a member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1956 -1972. Read more...

Saburo Muroga Professorship in Computer Science

Established by Douglas B. MacGregor (MS CS '80) to provide significant recognition of an outstanding faculty member, the Saburo Muroga Professorship in Computer Science honors the late Professor Muroga for his service and dedication to students as manifested through exemplary teaching and guidance. Read more...

Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professorship in Computer Science

The Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professorship in Computer Science was established in 2005 through the generosity of the late Gene H. Golub (B.S. Mathematics, 1953, M.A. Mathematical Statistics, 1954, Ph.D. Mathematics, 1959) in honor of his longstanding friendship with the Saylors. Read more...

Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science

In order to support the scholarly and research activities of an outstanding faculty member in the department, the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation established the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science with a $2 million gift. Read more...

Donald Biggar Willett Professorship in Engineering

The Willett Research Initiatives in Engineering funds term professorships, undergraduate and graduate student research, and related research activity. It honors the memory of Donald Biggar Willett (1897-1981) who attended the University of Illinois from 1916-1921. Read more...