USA, Hopkins, Minn. Cargill has announced a new partnership with the University of Illinois under which the Minneapolis-based company’s digital labs team of scientists will work alongside university students at a new Cargill Innovation Lab located at the Urbana-Champaign campus.
As part of the partnership, Innovation Lab students and staff will work directly with Cargill business leaders, operations teams and customers to help move digital ideas – in weeks, not months – to test mode.
The Innovation Lab on the university’s campus is expected to provide Cargill with a pipeline of talented software engineering and data science students and graduates ready to modernize agricultural supply chains and food systems across the globe. The lab is located within the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is a technology hub for start-up companies and corporate research and development operations. The Research Park is home to 120 companies employing students and full-time technology professionals.
The Cargill Innovation Lab will officially open later this fall, after phase one of the partnership, which includes a 12-week internship program.