• Oct 17, 2016

C3.ai CEO Tom Siebel Invests in the Future of Design and Innovation


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has unveiled the Siebel Center for Design – a new state-of-the-art facility that will be a campus-wide hub to cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking and innovation – funded in large part by a $25 million lead gift from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.

Experts have heralded Siebel’s vision for bringing students together from various fields (e.g., computer science, history, biology, business, mechanical engineering, and fine arts) to work on groundbreaking projects, solve real-world problems, and make significant impact in the world.

“Tom Siebel has established himself as one of the world’s leading innovators by refusing to be limited by disciplinary boundaries – whether in software, in energy systems or through his campaign against methamphetamine abuse. It is clear to me that he focuses on big problems and brings the right expertise and resources together to solve them. And he’s spent his career developing companies and products that help others do the same thing. Now, the Siebel Center for Design is going to offer our students an unmatched facility to develop those same box-shattering approaches in their own lives and careers.”
Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Many of our students arrive at Illinois with an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit. Many more develop that spirit during their time here. Tom Siebel understands that as well as anyone. He’s giving us the opportunity to offer a design-thinking education that will be unique in its breadth and depth. The Siebel Center for Design will help reimagine the land-grant university for the 21st century. It will drive students to make the most of their wide-ranging creativity and deliver new ideas to the world in unexpected, thrilling ways.”
Andreas Cangellaris, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Siebel Center for Design was conceived by Tom as a facility and resource that would bring students, faculty and external stakeholders from many fields together to solve real-world challenges, drawing on knowledge developed in home disciplines and guided by a rigorous integrative framework. In fact, the size and strength of design-related teaching and research at Illinois is a key reason why the Siebel Center for Design will be unmatched in its transformative impact. A state-of-the-art facility that connects disciplines and helps embed theories and practices of design in the educational experience will position Illinois as the place to go for students who want to prepare themselves to solve grand challenges and make significant change.”
Edward Feser, Interim Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign