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Prof. Yuting W. Chen – WIE Director
Yuting W. Chen is a Teaching Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) where she is well known as a fantastic mentor and excellent teacher. Prof. Chen has contributed to Grainger Engineering in many capacities: an Education Innovation Fellow in AE3 (Academy of Excellence in Engineering Education) from 2020 to 2023, the ECE coordinator of WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) Summer Camps since 2016, a faculty advisor to WECE (Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering) from 2017 to 2022, and a recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2023.
She received the B.S. degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Grainger Engineering as a faculty, she worked at IBM Systems Group in z Systems Firmware Development. Her current interests include recruitment and retention of under-represented students in STEM, professional development for graduate students, curriculum innovation in computing, and service-learning.
She is excited to serve as the Women in Engineering (WIE) Director, aiming to leverage her experience as an undergraduate herself from our very own ECE department, her experience in industry as well as her deep knowledge of the undergraduate student experience in Grainger Engineering to help the community thrive.
Past Directors and Staff
Angie Wolters – Past Director
Angie Wolters is a graduate from Engineering at Illinois, holding a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer. Angie joined Applied Pavement Technology in Urbana, Illinois, after completing her master’s degree. During her 11 years with APTech, Angie worked her way from Engineering Associate to Associate Partner. Angie also has work experience with the higher education division of Pearson Education. In the Undergraduate Programs Office, Angie serves as an academic advisor while directing efforts for Women in Engineering including the overall retention and recruitment efforts of women students.
During her time with WIE, she has been involved in a number of women-focused endeavors including developing a leadership program – WIE Lead – for women engineering students, co-authoring of a book on the accomplishments of women engineers at the University of Illinois, serving on the committee responsible for the artist selection and overall creation and placement of a statue on engineering campus celebrating women engineers, and collaborating with the International Programs in Engineering office to establish a study abroad program for Women in Business and Technology with ORT University in Montevideo, Uruguay. Angie and her husband have two children and live in Mahomet.
Dr. Susan Larson – Past Director
Dr. Susan Larson is an assistant dean and a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She also oversees the First Year Engineering Undeclared Program in The Grainger College of Engineering. She earned undergraduate degrees in physics and German at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her MS and PhD in environmental engineering science at the California Institute of Technology before joining Illinois as a faculty member. She has received campus and national teaching awards. Within The Grainger College of Engineering, she has been recognized with the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence and the Stanley H. Pierce Award. She has also received an award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and McGraw Hill. Her research focuses on the behavior of air pollutants and has been recognized with a Presidential Young Investigator Award and an Illinois Junior Xerox Award.
Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois
The book, “Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois” was inspired by a similar volume published in 1967 titled “Men and Ideas in Engineering – Twelve Histories from Illinois.” “Men and ideas” highlights “twelve accounts of men, events, and inventions in the hundred-year history of the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering”. The university’s sesquicentennial is the perfect time to complement “Men and Ideas” by releasing this companion book, which will share stories of female engineering alumni, their impact, and their visions. The stories of these women have proved to be exhilarating and intriguing, and have challenged us to build upon our own stories. Some of these stories are being told for the first time, making us all the more excited for their release. We have marveled at the creativity, determination, brilliance, and hard work of these women, whose discoveries and inventions have benefited us all.
The stories of and reflections by the women in this book speak for themselves.
But Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois does not end here.
There are still untold stories. And each day, there are new stories to tell.