The Hoeft Technology & Management Program

Grow your skills, build your professional network, and enhance your readiness to join the innovation economy.

Bringing technology and business together

The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program at the University of Illinois bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified business and engineering undergraduates. The T&M Program is a joint venture between The Grainger College of Engineering and Gies College of Business and works closely with its corporate affiliate partners to build tomorrow’s leaders of the innovation economy.

The T&M Program recognizes that companies need engineers who understand market forces and the financial implications of technology investment and business professionals who understand technology drivers and the product development implications of market strategies. The T&M Program prepares business and engineering graduates to function effectively in technical, interdisciplinary, and team-based industry environments.

The foundation of the program is the T&M minor where undergraduate engineering and business majors learn together in an integrated curriculum without sacrificing disciplinary depth in their major fields of study. While not a prerequisite for admission to the T&M Program, freshmen can learn more about the T&M Program by applying to take the T&M Seminar in the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Build your career

T&M Program graduates have been trained to work in cross-functional teams, which is a highly-prized skill in today’s competitive business environment. That opens doors to a wide variety of career paths, especially those where teamwork, problem-solving, collaboration, and product/project management skills are in high demand.

Develop your professional brand

The T&M Program provides students with numerous professional development and networking opportunities with leaders from corporate affiliates and professionals from our vast alumni network. Programming includes both on-campus and on-line events. T&M students develop their professional brand with feedback and guidance from leaders at companies with whom they aspire to gain internships and full-time jobs upon graduation.

Become a proven problem-solver

Through a T&M capstone project, multidisciplinary teams address significant technical and managerial issues of a specific real-world problem posed by one of the program’s corporate affiliates. It’s an experience that mirrors the project team approach used by today’s companies. This type of experience is unique to the T&M Program.

Apply yourself

T&M Program students are chosen through a selective admissions process that includes an application and three interviews. Students apply for this highly competitive minor during winter break of their sophomore year and then enter the program their junior year. Successful applicants must demonstrate a sincere interest in the intersection of business and engineering, the ability to work effectively in teams, high leadership potential, excellent interpersonal skills, and knowledge of and commitment to the T&M Program.