BTN premieres documentary on pioneering educator

A new 30-minute documentary on the Big Ten Network tells the story of William L. Everitt, who helped transform the U. of I. into a top engineering school. Photo courtesy University of Illinois Archives

NOV 7, 2019 12:00 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The man who helped transform the University of Illinois into one of the top engineering schools in the country is featured in a new 30-minute documentary airing this month on the Big Ten Network. “William L. Everitt: An Optimist’s Journey” premieres Nov. 11 at 9:30 p.m. CST/10:30 p.m. EST. It tells the story of the inventor, author, visionary and former dean of what is now The Grainger College of Engineering.

During World War II, Everitt worked with British and American scientists to advance radar technology. His research group made radar more portable and improved the signal so that it could function at greater distances, even at night.

The experience taught him the power of team building. “He learned that putting together the greatest minds could make the greatest advancements,” said his grandson, William L. Everitt III.

Professor Grant Fairbanks, left, and Dean William L. Everitt in 1953 with the “time compressor” invented at Illinois.
Photo courtesy University of Illinois Archives
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The man who helped transform the University of Illinois into one of the top engineering schools in the country is featured in a new 30-minute documentary airing this month on the Big Ten Network.