Cindy and Stephanie Richartz

Cindy and Stephanie RichartzCindy and Stephanie Richartz both received their Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering. Even though Cindy has been out in industry for a while and Stephanie has just started her career, both women have a passion for giving back to Illinois, especially for giving back to the WIE program. They want to ensure that engineering keeps producing a steadily increasing flow of bright young women engineers through the Illinois pipeline.

“I love the person that Illinois has made me,” Stephanie said. “Illinois is the most recent thing that shaped me into who I am.”

“Something I’ve learned,¬†especially¬†being out in industry, is the prestige of having an engineering education from Illinois,” Cindy added.

Cindy was also recognized with the WIE Champion Award for all of her work with Women in Engineering and her influence in obtaining sponsorship from her employer, Abbott, for Women in Engineering.

“I’m fortunate to work for a company that really supports STEM in a lot of different ways, and because of that, I’ve been able to continue really my passion for outreach and helping encourage women into the technical STEM fields,” Cindy said.

To read more about Cindy and Stephanie, check out this article by I-STEM.

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