August 11, 2014
How Close Is Too Close? Industry Courts Computer Scholars
Kristen Schmid for The Chronicle
In 2007 Motorola shuttered its operations in Champaign, Ill., leaving behind a team of engineers and an empty office space in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s research park. The jettisoned employees wanted to stay in Illinois, setting off a scramble for their services. With university officials playing matchmaker, a number of companies jockeyed to win the team—but one quickly took the lead.
"Yahoo moved in the fastest by far," says Catherine Singer, a