Scholarships for Students in Construction related Major

The Quad City chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction ACG and Lori Estes Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications! It is due March 31, 2017.

Scholarship requirements and information:

  1. The applicant must be enrolled in a construction related program at a university, college, or vocational/trade school in the United States.
  2. The applicant must be a full time student with a minimum of 12 hours enrollment per semester and be enrolled in the Fall 2017 Semester. Students graduating in May of 2017 and not continuing their education are not eligible.
  3. All of these scholarships are open to both female and male students.
  4. Scholarships are only awarded to undergraduate students, and those working on a Master’s degree. We do not award scholarships to PhD students.
  5. The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  6. The applicant must submit with the application a copy of school transcripts through the fall semester 2016.
  7. Applicants need to be permanent residents of Iowa, Illinois or Wisconsin or attend school in one of these states. Proximity to the Quad Cites is desirable but not mandatory.
  8. Student members or children of members of NAWIC Chapter #50 are not eligible for the NAWIC Scholarships, but can apply for the Estes or AGC Scholarships.
  9. Lori Estes Memorial Scholarship gives first preference to children of Estes Construction Employees, then to female students and lastly to male students. A preference will be given to those expressing a desire to return and work for QC area firms after graduating.  Please describe your interest in returning to QC and how you intend to pursue QC area firms”. 
  10. AGC student members are eligible receive the AGC Scholarship.
  11. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the financial aid office of your school and are to be used for tuition, fees and on-campus room & board only. We do not provide funds for project materials, books, tools or off-campus living expenses.

Application can be found at www.nawicqc.org or can be requested by email at qcnawicscholarship@gmail.com

 

Scholarships and Employment Oppurtunities – January 2017

Blue Water Internship Program

The Blue Waters Student Internship Program (BWSIP) is actively seeking faculty and students to participate in year-long student internship opportunities. Students in the program will gain experiences involving the application of high-performance computing to problems in science, mathematics or engineering. The BWSIP is focused on promoting students of exceptional promise who may not have prior experience with parallel applications to become expert so that they can work extensively with those applications.

The program provides a student stipend for undergraduate participants totaling $5000, a two-week intensive Petascale Institute in 2017, access to the Blue Waters supercomputer, and, for a select number of interns who have excelled during the year, travel to the Blue Waters Symposium 2018.

For more information or to apply, go to: http://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/internships

Exelon Internship for Nuclear Engineering Students

Exelon is currently seeking highly motivated students for summer internships. Paid internships will last approximately 10 weeks between June and August 2017. Interns will work on projects designed to help them gain real-world, hands-on experience working independently under an assigned supervisor.
Positions currently available within the following Exelon companies:
  •  ComEd
  •  Exelon Generation
We are seeking students who meet the following criteria:
  •  Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s program
  •  Minimum GPA: Cumulative 2.8/Major 3.0
  •  A track record of outstanding academic performance
  •  Eagerness to contribute in a team-oriented environment
  •  Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  •  Excellent leadership, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
For more information, email us at wie@illinois.edu!

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Internship Oppurtunity

The Laboratory’s fundamental mission is to apply science and advanced technology to critical problems of national security, primarily working on sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), and communications.  A Department of Defense federally funded research and development center, the Laboratory has a focused commitment to R&D, with an emphasis on building prototypes and demonstrating operational systems under live test conditions that meet real-world requirements. Our R&D efforts span the following key mission areas:

  • Space Control
  • Air, Missile, and Maritime Defense Technology
  • Communication Systems
  • Cyber Security and Information Sciences
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Technology
  • Advanced Technology (electronic or electro-optical technologies, biotechnology and chemistry)
  • Engineering (innovative systems to test new concepts)
  • Tactical Systems
  • Homeland Protection
  • Air Traffic Control

For more information please visit http://www.ll.mit.edu.

Due to our contracts with the Department of Defense employment at MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires U.S. citizenship.

You will find the eligibility requirements, program details, and the application process at http://www.ll.mit.edu/college/summerprogram.html.  Students interested in applying for full time or summer employment must also submit their resume to www.ll.mit.edu (employment).  Via our website students can search and apply to specific full time and summer requisitions.

Cargill Global Scholars Program

Cargill and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016-2017 Cargill Global Scholars Program application cycle. As a valued partner university of the Cargill Global Scholars Program, we are very pleased that a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student was selected as a scholar for the 2015 U.S. cohort.
We look forward to receiving more applications for this year’s competition from eligible University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students who:
  • Are in their freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate high academic performance and leadership potential
Ten scholars will be chosen in the United States for the fifth cohort of the Cargill Global Scholars Program. The scholars will receive:
  • Annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years
  • Fully funded travel and participation to attend two Leadership Development Seminars held during Summer 2017
  • and Summer 2018
  • In-person networking with fellow scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia
  • One-on-one mentorship from Cargill executives in the United States and abroad
To access the application or learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program, please visit: CargillGlobalScholars.com.

WIE 2016 Orientation Mentors

Meet your Orientation Mentors! They are students who have attended WIE Orientation as freshmen, and are excited to be back as leaders to answer all of your questions about UIUC! You will have plenty of time to talk with them at Orientation, but for now, you can join our Facebook group to start asking questions and getting advice from them!

Name: Benita Ning

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi, I’m Benita and I’m studying mechanical engineering! I loved WIE Orientation because I had a lot more time to settle into campus and get to learn about what engineering is beyond just taking classes. I got a head start when it came to thinking about what sort of clubs I wanted to join as a student here because I was immediately introduced to upperclassmen in my major who were already involved. Next year, I’m going to be the Social Chair for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the spring semester Membership Enrichment Chair for the Society of Women Engineers, and also a member of a hip hop dance crew called ImagiNation. Most importantly though, I love Engineering at Illinois because you meet so many inspiring and intelligent people, but they are always down to earth and here to help you. Everyone is incredibly collaborative.

 

Name: Megan Fox

Year: Sophomore

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hello! I’m very excited to be involved with WIE orientation this year! It was such a great introduction to campus and I met a lot of friends there. I am a sophomore in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I am active in the Society of Women Engineers where I work with the outreach committee and introduce students to engineering. I am also involved in the student chapter of the Water Environment Federation. This RSO does a lot of professional development and networking. Also, we compete in an annual design competition. For fun I love going to the ARC and swimming or playing badminton or playing my oboe. I play in a concert band on campus. I love Engineering at Illinois because even though it’s a lot of hard work, it has already presented me with amazing opportunities to help people and have fun.

 

Name: Molly McGiles

Year: Junior

Major: Chemical Engineering

I am heavily involved in engineering activities on campus! I am on the National Executive Student Committee for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the OutReach Director for SWE. I interned this past summer in California with PG&E. Most importantly, I love music, fashion, pop culture, and social media! I am also a member of the club tennis team and a volunteer group on campus! I am currently working towards my interpreter’s certificate for American Sign Language!

 

Name: Elaine Houha

Year: Sophomore

Major: Computer Engineering

Hi everyone, I am currently a sophomore in Computer Engineering for fall 2016 and I love WIE Orientation because I got to meet several of my close friends that are in my major. I am part of Alpha Omega Epsilon, one of the engineering sororities, and I’m a green belt in Shotokan Karate with the ISKC club on campus. A fun fact about me is I’ve been to Japan as a study abroad in high school.

 

Name: Katie Carroll

Year: Sophomore

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Carroll and I am a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I attended WIE Orientation last year and can honestly say I met some of my best friends during these few days. I am currently the President of Women in Aerospace and am the Aerospace Ambassador for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This summer I’m interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the Mission to Europa. I also really like to spend time with my dogs, one of which is pictured here! I’m really excited for WIE Orientation and can’t wait to meet you all!

 

Name: Riya Sanjay

Year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial Engineering

HI WIE campers!! My name is Riya and I’m a sophomore in industrial engineering. On campus, I’m an active member of Delta Gamma, a representative of Delta Gamma at Shi-Ai (a Greek leadership council), a consultant for OTCR (a student led consulting firm on campus), a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the freshman representative of the Undergraduate advisory board for IE. In the past, I’ve been a pen pal for a sixth grade girl interested in engineering through WIE and attended this very same camp last year! I LOVE it here at UIUC and I can’t wait to meet you all!

 

Name:Carolyn Nye

Year: Sophomore

Major: Electrical Engineering

Hello! My name is Carolyn Nye and I am a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. My first year at the University of Illinois was a great experience and I learned so many things in the classroom and as a person. In addition to my studies, I am a pole vaulter on the University of Illinois Women’s Track and Field team. I also participate in Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE), Women in Engineering (WIE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) activities. During the summer of 2016, I had the pleasure of working as an I-STAR and ESTAR for the University of Illinois. The Women in Engineering Freshman Orientation helped me meet some of the wonderful women in my engineering classes and helped me feel confident going into my first year of college. I hope you all have a great experience too!

 

Name: Julia Zuo

Year: Senior

Major: Material Science and Engineering

I am a current senior studying Materials Science. In my free time, I like to cook and doodle! This summer I will interning at Intel in California working on their solid state memory devices, and in the past, I’ve spent my summers at UIUC doing undergraduate research in superconductivity. During the semester, I’m involved in a couple clubs, including acting as the Chairman of Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors (ESAA). I met some of my closest friends at WIE Orientation and it was a great experience for me, so I’m excited to share my experience as a counselor!

 

Name: Shreya Santhanam

Year: Junior

Major: Bioengineering

Hi! I am going to be a junior in bioengineering during the 2016-2017 school year. On campus I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers and Engineering Council. I also do research and enjoy watching movies and eating different foods with my friends. I love WIE orientation because it gave me the opportunity to meet other girls in my major, who are some of my best friends now, as well as my current roommates.

 

Name: Sarah CunninghamWIE_SarahC

Year: Senior

Major: Electrical Engineering

I am a senior in Electrical Engineering from Orland Park IL. This will be my third year as a WIE mentor. My picture from my freshman year at WIE camp- that’s me on the left. This summer I interned with G&W Electric in Bolingbrook. On campus I’m an ELA and social director for IEEE. (just a few of the acronyms you will get to know very well) I can’t wait to meet everyone! I know you will love WIE camp as much as I do.

 

Name: Shannon Strum

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Strum and I will be a Junior in Computer Science. This summer I’m interning at Procter & Gamble for programmatic media platforms, and this fall I will be an ELA for Engineering 100! I am also the Secretary of Women in Computer Science. I loved attending WIE camp as a freshman and am really excited to now be a counselor! Looking forward to meeting all of you!

 

Name: Shreya Sharma

Year: Sophomore

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Shreya is a sophomore in Computer Science and Math. She is an active member in SWE, WCS, AIAA and Dance 2XS. She’s part of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lamda Delta National Honor Societies and is part of the James Scholars Honors program on campus. Over the summer of 2016, she interned at Microsoft on their Cloud and Enterprise Team. In her free time she likes to draw, act and dance. She’s incredibly proud to be an Illini and is very happy to welcome all the girls to their new home on campus!

 

Name: Devon Goszkowicz

Year: Junior

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Devon is a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Linguistics. On campus, she is involved in Material Advantage, is the President of She’s The First, and works throughout the year on various camps for girls in STEM fields. Over the summer she is working as the Director of MakerGirl, a program designed to introduce girls aged 7-10 to STEM fields through 3D printing and other activities. In her free time she loves to travel, read, and swim! Devon participated in WIE Orientation as a freshman and returned last year as a counselor. She is ecstatic to return this year!

 

Name: Mikaela Dressendorfer

Year: Junior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Mikaela will be a junior in Chemical Engineering this year. She attended a WIE admitted student luncheon and really enjoyed getting to talk with potential members of the U of I family. Mikaela is even more excited to be meeting the new freshman and share with them the great opportunities the campus can offer. Some of the groups Mikaela is involved in on campus are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering Honor Society), James Scholar in College of LAS, and University Concert Band. In her free time, Mikaela enjoys reading books, spending time with friends, playing her flute, and watching movies. She cannot wait to meet all of the incoming freshman, and introduce them to the Land of the Orange and Blue!

 

Name: Sarah Stranieri

Year: Senior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hi WIE Campers! My name is Sarah Stranieri and I am a senior in chemical engineering. I am originally from Long Island, New York, and college life in the MidWest has been an adventure from the beginning, and I am grateful for all the experiences I have had thus far. For my Spanish minor, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain in the summer of 2014. I got to teach Spanish middle school students about the Society of Women Engineers, and we discussed different engineering disciplines while doing a candy “pill coating” activity. That was one of my most memorable and fulfilling experiences of my trip. On campus, I have worked for a startup solar energy company, and I am an officer for Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, which is committed to increasing sustainability on campus. I have also taught ENG100 as an ELA to help freshmen adjust to campus life. I am looking forward to meeting you all! WIE Camp was such an amazing jumpstart to my college career, and I am excited to come back and experience it with you.

 

Name: Sara LeggSara Legg

Year: Sophomore

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Hi 🙂 I’m Sara and I am a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. I’m so excited to meet you all in August! On campus I am currently the Administrative Director for the Illinois Space Society and am involved in Women in Aerospace, the Society of Women Engineers, and Alpha Omega Epsilon, an engineering sorority. This summer I interned at GE Aviation. Outside of school, I love to learn languages. I am fluent in Spanish and am currently in my fourth year of Chinese. I am a huge soccer fan and love to spend time with my friends and family! You’ll have a blast at WIE camp, I know I did as a freshman!

 

Name: Elizabeth Rhode

Year: Sophomore

Major: Bioengineering

Elizabeth is a sophomore in Bioengineering. She met a ton of her best friends when she attended WIE Camp as a freshman, and she can’t wait to help others do the same! Elizabeth works in a research lab studying tissue engineering and lung cancer. She is also involved in SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and is on the Biomedical Engineering Society executive board. She doesn’t like to run, but does it anyway, and according to a Buzzfeed quiz, she is 95% compatible with Jim Halpert from The Office. She spends all her money on concert tickets, but her dog is still cooler than her.

 

Name: Katy Walters

Year: Sophomore

Major:  Chemical Engineering

Hi! I am a sophomore in chemical engineering. I am so excited for WIE orientation! I look forwarding to welcoming you to engineering at Illinois. WIE orientation is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and get accustomed to living on campus before classes start. On campus, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). I served on SWE’s professional liaison committee starting my first semester and had the opportunity to attend a regional conference with our section this past spring as a result of my committee position. In my spare time, I like to relax with a good book or TV show and I also do archery!

 

Name: Sarah Garrow

Year: 1st yr Grad Student

Major: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Hey all! I’m Sarah, I just graduated from Illinois Engineering but will be continuing my education here as I pursue a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering beginning this Fall! I had a number of memorable experiences during my undergraduate career including an internship with Caterpillar, study abroad programs (one to Spain and one to Uruguay!), undergraduate research, and being a course assistant (CA) for an engineering course, TAM 251. Additionally, I was involved in several RSO’s including Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the club Cross Country team (IXC), Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS), etc. This summer I will be living in Houston, Texas as I intern for Schlumberger. I am very excited for the adventures I will have in Houston! I am looking forward to being a mentor for WIE orientation for a second year. I attended orientation as a freshman and was a mentor last year; it is so much fun and very rewarding! Can’t wait!

 

Name: Elizabeth Sanders

Year: Junior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hi! I’m Elizabeth and I am going to be a junior in Chemical Engineering this upcoming fall. Outside of school, I am involved in the Illini Mentoring Program, AIChE, SWE, and will be an ELA for ENG100. When ever I can find time, I love to pursue my hobbies of music (guitar, piano, and singing), art, and scouting for dogs to pet on the quad. I can’t wait to meet all of you guys this summer! 🙂

 

Name: Tess Marsh

Year: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi! My name is Tess Marsh and I am a junior in Mechanical Engineering. On campus, I am involved in Women in MechSE, Engineers Without Borders, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I just spent this past semester studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, so I am happy to be back on campus in August to answer all of your questions about study abroad, U of I, and life in general. I attended WIE orientation as a freshman and loved it so much that I decided to return as a counselor last year, and I am ecstatic to be back yet again. I look forward to meeting all of you!

 

Name: Jackie Letzter

Year: Senior

Major: ChBE

Jackie Letzter is a senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE). She comes from West Chicago, Illinois. Jackie has been very involved with SWE since her freshman year at UIUC and is the 2016-2017 SWE Social Director. Jackie also is an Alto in the UIUC Black Chorus, a gospel choir on campus. Jackie has been involved in undergraduate research in the ChBE department through the Illinois Student Undergraduate Research Program. Last year, Jackie accepted a 10-month co-op offer with Kimberly-Clark, then participated in a semester-long study abroad program in Munich, Germany. Jackie is very excited to finally be back on campus this Fall. Jackie enjoys hiking, singing, and playing video games in her free time. After graduation, Jackie aspires to be a process engineer.

 

Name: Caitlin Haisler

Year: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Caitlin, and I’m a junior in Mechanical Engineering. On campus I’m involved in ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Women in MechSE, and St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. This past spring, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and had the time of my life! In my free time I love playing basketball, running, riding horses, drawing, and of course traveling! Not that long ago I was in your shoes, trying to get ready for college and not really knowing what to expect. WIE camp was a great introduction to life at U of I, and I met so many awesome people — I can’t wait to meet all of you campers this August!

 

Name: Jenny Bogdal

Year: Senior

Major: Bioengineering

I am a senior in Bioengineering in the Therapeutics track! This past summer, I was a Clinical Trial Operations Intern at Abbvie, and in the past I worked with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Research Department. As for extracurriculars I am involved in, I am an Engineering Learning Assistant for the Undeclared department, Bioengineering Student Ambassador, member of SWE and BMES outreach committees, and I am an avid member of Illini Pride!

 

Name: Monika Janas

Major: Computer Science

Year: Sophomore

Monika Janas is a sophomore in Computer Science. She attended WIE Orientation her freshman year and met some of her best friends there. Last semester, Monika worked with the Computer Music Project here at the University, researching in a field combining her passions for mathematics and music. Outside of classes, Monika participates in Concert Band and is also a member of the Women in Computer Science organization. Monika loves the University of Illinois because of its opportunities and campus environment, and is excited to meet all the freshmen and introduce them to their new home!

 

Name: Jessica Lothridge

Year: Sophomore

Major:  Bioengineering

I am a sophomore in Bioengineering here at U of I and so far I am loving it! I had a great experience at WIE Orientation last year as an incoming freshman and I can’t wait to share everything I have learned this year too. I’m involved in both WIE and SWE which have helped me meet many great people and learn more about women as leaders. Volunteering with Engineering Outreach Society is something I have enjoyed participating in this year as well. I’ve also shadowed graduate students in lab and hope be involved in research next semester!

 

Name: Katherine Kiang

Year: Junior

Major: Bioengineering

Katherine is a rising junior majoring in bioengineering. She hopes to use her engineering education as a stepping stone to make a large impact in the healthcare industry. This summer Katherine worked as a resident program assistant for the Summer Scholars program, and in the fall she will be a project manager in a student consulting organization (CUBE Consulting) and director of the Bio-medical Engineering Society outreach committee.On campus Katherine has also been involved with undergraduate research, the Society of Women Engineers, and Innovation Living Learning Community. In her free-time Katherine enjoys exploring the best places to eat on campus and catching up on sleep.

 

Name: Kate MacDuff

Year: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hey girls!! WELCOME TO U OF I!! My name is Kate MacDuff and I am a junior in MechSE. I love getting active and involved as I am on the Illini Women’s Water Polo club team, Baja (Offroading Illini), Society of Women Engineers, and Chi Omega! I just got back from an incredible study abroad trip to Pisa, Italy as well as an internship for Asahi Kasei Bioprocess, Inc. But before I did any of this, I met my very first friends on campus through WIE camp just like you will! Get excited!!!!

 

Name: Polina VolodinaWIE_Polina

Year: Sophomore

Major: Computer Science

Hey!! My name’s Polina, and this is my second year being a WIE Camp counselor. 🙂 I am from the suburb of Buffalo Grove, IL, and going into my junior year at UIUC. During my years at UIUC, I’ve been a part of WCS, ACM, and Greek life on campus! I’ve had an internship at Gamma Tech, and will be interning at John Deere at Research Park this summer. I am so excited to meet all of you!

 

Name: Varshini Kadadevarmath

Year: Sophomore

Major: Bioengineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Samantha DeMarco

Year: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Samantha is entering her senior year in Mechanical Engineering. She will be a member of the Engineering Council Exec Board for 2016-2017 as the Engineering Information Bureau Director. She has been involved with the EIB committee since her freshman year. With the committee she has helped recruit prospective high school students to the COE. Does she look familiar?! Say hi! She loves meeting students again that have participated in the events hosted by EIB. Samantha has also studied abroad for a semester in Valencia, Spain and held a Co-op position for a semester. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions regarding these topics as she is very enthusiastic about encouraging others to do the same! In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters, playing intramural sports, and watching movie trailers.

 

Name: Erica Lee

Year: Senior

Major: Bioengineering

I was in outreach committee for SWE since freshman year, and I will serve on the officer board for WCS this year. I was an undergraduate researcher at John Roger’s lab during sophomore year. During my junior year I did a co-op at Kimberly-Clark and this past summer I had an internship with Adobe. I love WIE because you can make lifelong friends before even school starts!

 

Name: Nicole Allegretti

Year: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi! As a senior in mechanical engineering, I’ve seen a lot! I’ve tried out lots of different extracurricular to find the ones which stick. Currently, I’m a member of MASC (MechSE Advancement Student Committee), and Flippin Illini gymnastics club. I have also been involved with a car building team, a prairie restoration group, and a host of other RSOs. I give tours for the MechSE department and will be an ELA for Engineering 100 in the fall, after I complete my summer internship with FMC technologies. Outside of all that, I love to cook and share with my friends. Ask me about my favorite places to buy food!

 

Name: Quinn Lertratanakul

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am going to be a sophomore in Civil Engineering. I did WIE camp last year and it was a great way to meet a lot of people before classes started! At school I am involved in SWE, ASCE, and Greek Life! This summer I have been working as a camp counselor for my park district. I look forward to being a WIE camp mentor and can’t wait to meet you all! I hope you all have as great of an experience with WIE camp as I did!

 

Name: Sona Kaul

Year: Senior

Major: Industrial Engineering

Sona Kaul is a senior studying Industrial Engineering with a focus in Economics and Finance. Last summer, she was a System Service Group intern at ComEd, planning new subdivisions and their electric equipment. This coming summer, she will be working at PepsiCo as a Manufacturing Operations intern in Burnsville, MN. In the past, Sona has been involved with Society of Women Engineers as the mentor program chairman, organizing the Leadership Buddy Program and its various events. Currently, she is the service chair on the executive board of Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Lead Engineering Learning Assistant for Engineering 100, an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the finance director of MakerGirl. Sona was a WIE camp participant in 2013 and a counselor in 2014.

 

Name: Amy Xu

Year: Junior

Major: Engineering Physics

Hi! I’m Amy, a sophomore studying Engineering Physics. I’m from New York, so WIE Camp was the first time I came to Illinois. I met some of my best friends and also learned a lot about campus during those few days. This summer, I’m on campus conducting an independent research project in the ECE department as well as working a part time job and taking a summer class. Next year, I will be the Recruitment Director for the Society of Women Engineers, so you’ll see and hear from me plenty, if you haven’t already 🙂 I can’t wait to meet all of you soon!

 

Name: Hannah DeYoung295501_10200839982387600_1819126624_n-2

Year: Junior

Major: General Engineering

My name is Hannah DeYoung, and I am a junior in General Engineering and have chosen bioengineering as my secondary field. On campus I am involved in Illinois Society of General Engineers and Illini Pride. I attended WIE camp my freshman year and had an amazing experience. I can’t wait to meet you all!

 

Name: Jennifer Marten

Year: Sophomore

Major: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Hi! My name is Jenny Marten, I’m a sophomore in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and am planning on specializing in renewable energy sources. In my first year at University of Illinois, I lived in the Innovation LLC, which was geared towards entrepreneurs and fostering start-ups. I think sustainability oriented start-ups are the coolest ones and the ones we should be supporting most. Over the past winter break I got to study abroad in Puerto Rico with 11 other ag/bio majors. Studying abroad was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done and am already planning to doing so again. I really enjoyed WIE Orientation because it gave me the opportunity to meet other girls in engineering outside my major. It also helped me to understand campus before classes started which made one less thing to worry about as a freshmen.

 

Name: Melissa Goetter

Year: Senior

Major: Material Science and Engineering

I am very involved in an green energy outreach organization called InSPIRE. Through InSPIRE I work with younger students about green energy resources such as solar power and help lead workshops to build solar powered cell phone chargers. Green energy is a passion of mine, which has driven my research on materials used in solar cells. Research on campus has allowed me to put what I’ve learned in my classes in practice.

Over these past two summers, I interned with Northrop Grumman, an aerospace defense contractor company. I learned a lot about manufacturing materials to be within application specifications, material testing, and planes! It was surprising to me that even though it wasn’t solar energy, I very much enjoyed learning about the material processes for planes as well as working with a team to solve problems.

 

Name: Kea Evans 

Year: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi everyone! I’m Kea Evans, and I’ll be a Senior in Mechanical Engineering. I’m from Carrollton, Illinois and currently enjoying my third summer with Caterpillar in East Peoria, Illinois as a CSC Parallel Co-Op Student. This upcoming year, I will be the External Vice-President for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) as well as I’m the co-founder and now President of Women in MechSE. I absolutely love WIE Orientation as my mentors, peers, then now mentees have become some of my very best friends. I learned so much from WIE Orientation as a freshman, and it definitely helped shape my time here at Illinois. I hope you all have the great experiences that I had at WIE Camp and encourage all of you to come! I can’t wait to meet all of you fabulous young ladies! Go MechSE!

 

Name: Tess Marsh IMG_3001

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hi girls! My name is Tess and I’ll be a sophomore this coming fall with a major in Mechanical Engineering. This past year, I’ve gotten involved in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Women in MechSE, Society of Women’s Engineers (SWE) and orchestra. In my free time, I enjoy playing the violin, working out, and helping out my community by volunteering. Earlier this summer, I traveled to Italy for several weeks for a study abroad program. I can’t wait to meet all of you MechSE’s in August, but until then, if you have any questions about engineering or college in general, please don’t hesitate to email me at tlmarsh2@illinois.edu!

 

Name: Siobhan Fox

Year: Sophomore

Major: Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

Welcome to Engineering at Illinois! I hope that throughout all of your time here at the university, and in particular this orientation, you meet people that inspire you to make change by doing things that you love. During my first year as a student here I worked with Malawi team of Engineers Without Borders to build a bridge that allows the communities there to access neighboring markets and schools during their wet season. I also joined the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. With them I participated in community service activities, attended workshops focused on personal growth, and met students outside of engineering. With the American Nuclear Society I attended professional development events, met more people within my department, and was elected treasurer for this upcoming semester. If you want to learn more about any of these things, feel free to reach out to me.

 

Name: Katelyn Schoedl

Year: Sophomore

Major: Electrical Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Katelyn and I’m from a small town called Hampshire, Illinois. This year I will be a sophomore in Electrical Engineering.This school year I became a member of a professional engineering fraternity, joined an intramural soccer team, got a job at a local coffee shop, played in the campus concert band, and held a chair position in SWE. This summer I am excited to be interning at GE Global Research in New York in electrical technologies and systems. Last year at WIE camp I met so many people who became some of my best friends, so I’m very excited to meet you all and tell you why coming to Illinois will be the best decision you ever made!

 

Name: Abby Pakeltis

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mechanical Engineering

I am a freshman studying mechanical engineering. On campus, I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers. I am a director of the Team Tech committee where we work with a company on a real world engineering project for a national competition. Through SWE, I also volunteer for Outreach events in order to inspire young girls to pursue engineering. I also participate in undergraduate research in the Human Dynamics and Controls Lab. I loved attending WIE Orientation last year because it allowed me to meet the other women in MechE. We all met at WIE Orientation and then sat with each other in every ME 170 lecture. WIE Orientation expresses the welcoming atmosphere of UIUC. I love studying at this university because of all of the wonderful resources to grow personally and academically.