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Who We Are

The Collaborative for Advanced Design, Research, and Evaluation, also known as "CADRE" promotes research, innovation, and development at UIC by providing strategic collaborations, technical expertise, and project management in the areas of national security, global health, and disaster preparedness.

CADRE was founded in September 2005 when the University of Illinois at Chicago received a federal appropriation of $5M from Senator Dan Inouye, D-HI, and Senator Richard J. Durbin, D-IL, to do multi-disciplinary research in the area of the directed energy (DE) for the United States Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General, Modernization Directorate (USAF/SGR).

We facilitate multi-disciplinary partnerships between the academic, governmental, and industrial communities to provide effective solutions that address the Nation's most complex problems. Our philosophy focuses heavily on encouraging the creative combination of established products and cutting-edge research to solve real-world problems in the near - and long - term.