ITems was a quarterly publication of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology (IT). The first issue was published for the Fall Quarter 1974 and was made possible with “special support from the I.T. Alumni Association.” ITems was “mailed free to members (of the Alumni Association) and to others who may be interested in activities of the Institute of Technology.” Stating with the Fall 1987 issue, ITems was published three times a year with the goal to “inform Institute of Technology alumni and friends about news, interesting alumni and faculty, and relevant issues.”
The first issue of Inventing Tomorrow was published in Spring 1994, and the inaugural issue states, “Although a direct descendant of ITEMS, Inventing Tomorrow represents a quantum leap in the evolution of the Institute of Technology's communication with its alumni. Inventing Tomorrow has been initiated in response to the changing needs of IT and as a means to become more environmentally responsible. The new name signifies the true mission of IT. As the Institute both trains the scientific leaders of the future and creates new technologies through the research and development efforts of its alumni and faculty, IT is, in a true sense, ‘inventing tomorrow.’”
In 2010, the Institute of Technology changed its name to the College of Science and Engineering, and Inventing Tomorrow continues to be published by the College.