UI LABS Presentation & Tour


IEEE Women in Engineering is excited to host an event at UI LABS in partnership with Northwestern Master of Engineering Management Program and the Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section. UI LABS is a collaboration platform that brings Universities + Industries together with startups and government to define problems, design partnerships and deliver scalable solutions to accelerate the deployment of emerging digital technologies, currently focused on digital manufacturing and smart infrastructure.

The evening is going to start with a presentation titled "Heart, Gut, and Brain: Forging Your Path.”  by Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS. Dr. Nowinski Collens will refer back to her career path and lessons learned along the way, offering advice to women on their own journeys in technical fields.

After the presentation, participants will split up into 2 groups to take tours of the UI LABS Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). DMDII is a manufacturing hub headquartered in Chicago. As a unique public-private partnership, it has the capabilities, innovative spirit, and collaborative expertise to transform American manufacturing by ushering in the digital revolution.

Food and refreshments will be served.

Registration is required for this event with a $10 registration fee. To ensure your participation, early registration is strongly recommended due to the limited availability of seats.

UI LABS has a free parking space and is accessible via public transportation. For more information about directions, please click here.

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  • This event is hosted by IEEE Women in Engineering and Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section, and sponsored by Northwestern Master of Engineering Management Program.

  • Starts 02 April 2018 08:00 AM
  • Ends 16 May 2018 11:30 AM
  • All times are US/Central
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Caralynn Nowinski Collens

Caralynn Nowinski Collens


Heart, Gut, and Brain: Forging Your Path.


Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. Drawing from her past experiences as an entrepreneur, researcher, and venture capitalist, Caralynn offers a unique perspective to UI LABS’ efforts to foster innovation, encourage collaboration, and drive economic growth.

Prior to UI LABS, Caralynn was Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois. Caralynn spent her early career in venture capital and corporate finance, primarily focused on technology-based university spin-outs. She was a Principal with early-stage venture capital firms ARCH Development Partners and Midwest Venture Partners, and Senior Vice President of Sikich Investment Banking. As a graduate student, she co-founded SanoGene Therapeutics, an early-stage biotechnology company, where, as CEO, she led the company’s spin-out from the University of Illinois and raised a strategic equity investment. Caralynn is a graduate of Northwestern University and she received her joint M.D./M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Caralynn is a Governor-appointed member of the Illinois Innovation & Competitiveness Council and currently serves as a member of World Business Chicago’s ChicagoNEXT Council of technology leaders. Caralynn serves on the Board and Executive Committee of mHub, Chicago’s start-up incubator focused on physical product development and manufacturing. Caralynn is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago, and she also serves on the Board of Imerman Angels. Principal among her honors are inclusion on the Crain’s Chicago Business 2008 “Forty Under Forty” List and in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. She is a frequent guest speaker on technology entrepreneurship and industrial innovation.


5:00pm - 5:30pm: Registration 

5:30pm - 5:45pm: Introduction

5:45pm - 6:30pm: Presentation by Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Tour of DMDII lab and networking session with food and refreshments