eDream is grateful for the support of the following projects by generous donors.


eDream wishes to thank Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden for their generous support for teaching and research. Jerry Fiddler is an alum of the University of Illinois. He and his wife Melissa Alden reside in Berkeley, California. Their gift has allowed us to fund student research and to award particularly noteworthy students with the Fiddler Innovation Fellowship.

Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler, U of I alum, supporter of eDream, and principal of Zygote Ventures, has helped create and grow a number of companies, as CEO, director, chairman, investor, and advisor. Mr. Fiddler is the founder of Wind River and was CEO and Chairman for 23 years. After its establishment in 1981 in Fiddler's Berkeley garage, Wind River grew to become the leading provider of device software worldwide, with over $400M in annual sales, and market cap well over $1B. He is on the board of directors of TerraVia, formerly Solazyme, a biotech company working with algae for energy, industrial, and health applications. Solazyme is the first company in the world able to make production quantities of biodiesel and other algal oil products.

Jerry Fiddler
Zygote Ventures

eDream appreciates Jerry Fiddler's outstanding contributions toward innovation.

Jerry Fiddler discusses innovation in this 2010 lecture at Berkeley:
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Jerry and others in a panel discussion about Entrepreneurship and Transformative Thinking,
Sept 19, 2014 View video

IT Conversations
Jerry Fiddler:Envisioning the Connected World

Zygote Ventures executive profile


Thecla Schiphorst's whispers
funding for Astral Convertible purchased "wearable
architectures" that dancers will wear in the production

Astral Convertible

College of Fine and Applied Art Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund, College of Fine and Applied Arts Lorado Taft Lecture Fund, University of Illinois Creative Research Board, National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece Grant, 2009-2010

High-Speed Networking

(from NCSA Creativity Space to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and its Performance Spaces): NSF with in-kind support from NCSA and CITES, 2009

HASTAC Third Annual Conference

ICHASS support for Visiting Creatives attendance, April 2009