Overview of the Beckman Institute
The Institute's primary mission is to foster interdisciplinary work of the highest quality, transcending many of the limitations inherent in traditional university organizations and structures. The Institute was founded on the premise that reducing the barriers between traditional scientific and technological disciplines can yield research advances that more conventional approaches cannot.
- Beckman Institute research is focused around four research themes:
- Biological Intelligence
- Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction
- Integrative Imaging
- Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures
- The Beckman Institute is also home to three strategic initiatives that seek to unify campus activities in their respective areas:
- Health: Attitudes, Biology, Information, Technology, Society
- Strategic Initiative on Imaging
- Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy
More than 1,500 researchers from 43 University of Illinois departments as far-ranging as psychology, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and bioengineering comprising 13 Beckman Institute groups, work within and across these overlapping areas. The building is magnificent and offers more than 200 offices; specialized, state-of-the-art laboratories and other facilities; and meeting areas.
The 313,000 square foot building was made possible by a generous gift from U of I alumnus and founder of Beckman Instruments, Inc., Arnold O. Beckman, and his wife Mabel M. Beckman, with a supplement from the State of Illinois. Additionally, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides ongoing financial assistance for various Institute and campus programs. Daily operating expenses of the Institute are funded by the state and its research programs are mainly supported by external funding from the federal government, corporations, and foundations.