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II-VI EpiWorks

Innovation: Economic Development Impact Award

EpiWorks is a spin-off from the University of Illinois founded by Electrical and Computer Engineering alumni Quesnell Hartmann, David Ahmari, and the late Professor Gregory Stillman. The company is a leading producer of compound semiconductor materials that enable wireless chips used in smartphones and WiFi enabled devices as well as photonic chips used in 3D sensors, cloud computing and datacenters. EpiWorks was acquired by II-VI Incorporated, a global engineered materials company, in February 2016 and is expanding to meet rapidly rising demand for its products. The expansion at the Champaign-based facility includes quadrupling production capacity and adding 80 high-tech jobs.

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