ADM Opens Technology Center at University of Illinois Research Park

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CHAMPAGNE — Archer Daniels Midland Co. expands its research efforts with a new technology center at the University of Illinois.

The company celebrated the grand opening of the new ADM Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Research Park on Friday.

According to a joint ADM and University of Illinois press release, the new facility “quadruples ADM’s footprint at the University of Illinois Research Park.”

ADM’s previous research efforts have included process and financial modeling, as well as business intelligence and business development.

The new center will enable additional studies, including research and development in human nutrition, wet chemistry, sensory science, data science, computational fluid dynamics, and customer interface and applications.

“Our partnership with the University of Illinois has been a win for ADM, the university and its students, as well as the industries in which ADM operates, and we are excited about this new facility and the future of our collaboration,” Todd said. Werpy, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at ADM.

According to ADM and the university, the new center will create opportunities for students in a variety of academic programs, including chemical engineering, computer science, food science, agricultural economics, animal science and business.

“The new ADM Science and Technology Center at Research Park is a tangible result of the depth and breadth of our institutional strategic partnership,” said Robert J. Jones, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. .

“An alliance of this size and scope is critical to the future of our region and our state,” Jones continued. “It also provides unique experiential learning opportunities for our students, which is critical in preparing our future workforce. It also strengthens our campus and our community as the epicenter of agtech.

ADM opened at the Research Park in 2007, with an original emphasis on computational work, conceptual engineering, and modeling to assess the feasibility of manufacturing specialty chemicals.

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