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Women in Engineering
Fall 2015 Newsletter

Happy September! Here are some of the upcoming WIE events and opportunities. Please stop by and see us anytime in Engineering Hall 210 if you have questions or just want to chat!


Are you passionate about promoting and supporting women in engineering? Do you have ideas to better improve the experience of women engineers? Do you want to be involved in recruting prospective students? Apply here for a spot on the WIE advisory board to have the opportunity to contribute. We are looking for women of all years and majors, so consider applying today as we will be selecting a few qualified women to join our group!  The WIE Advisory Board will be meeting monthly on Thursdays at 11am.


This fall let’s focus on building our minds and maintaining our health as WIE continue to build a community! Sign-up here to join us for Wednesday workouts happening every other Wednesday at the ARC in Multi-Purpose Room 4 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Emily Matijevich will be leading a session of yoga on September 16th and Cassie Arenz will be leading a session of Zumba on the 30th! Interested in leading one of the WIE Workouts? Email us at


Career Fair season is upon us, so don't forget to attend the upcoming career fairs! Engineering Employment EXPO will be held September 21st and 22nd, 9am - 4pm in the ARC. Are you a new student and nervous about your first career fair? Sign-up to join WIE in forming groups to attend the career fair together.

For all you Civil Engineers, be sure to attend the Civil Engineering Career Fair on September 24th, 9:30am - 3:30pm in the Crane Bay of Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory.


WIE have made it easy to stay connected and up to date on WIE Activities. View our Google calendar here and add it to yours!

Molly McGiles is currently pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with the goal of working in cosmetics industry development. She is very involved on campus as she is the Philanthropy Director for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the For Kids Only OutReach Chair for the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club! In her free time, Molly enjoys fashion, music, and modern culture.
Elizabeth Sanders is also studying to become a chemical engineer in hopes of working in the pharmaceutical industry/drug development. She currently is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Outside of classes, Elizabeth pursues her hobbies of music and art.

After both working as counselors and as lab assistants at GAMES camp, an engineering camp for high school girls sponsored by Engineerng at lllinois, Molly and Elizabeth realized how important it is to share the activities that girls in STEM do outside of their studies. They wanted to break the stigma of engineers not having “lives”. This sparked the idea of creating a YouTube channel to showcase the wide variety of interests and passions that STEM girls have. STEM gIRL focuses on girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics “in real life”.

To help this channel grow, Molly and Elizabeth would love to see submissions from you… yes, you! To get involved, please check out STEM gIRL on social media or send an email to and share your idea. YouTube: STEMgIRL15. Facebook: “STEM Girl”. Twitter: @STEMgIRL. Instagram: @STEMgIRL.

Would you like to be featured in WIE Newsletter's Student Spotlight? Share details of your awards, accomplishments, and more with WIE for a chance to tell your story and inspire fellow women in engineering students.  Contact us at


Women in MechSE aims to provide an inclusive and open community for women in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department. It strives to increase the growth and leadership of women through all departmental societies.

Women in MechSE being under the MechSE Department just started this school year! We want to encourage women to become involved and take on leadership roles in other organizations that are lacking our female representaton.  The group is also focused on creating an inclusive environment for all women in the MechSE Department.

The group also strives to promote relationships between women in the department by hosting events that are both social and educational. Last year, we hosted a Disney Trivia Night and an Organize your Life workshop. Mark your calendars, because our kickoff event of the year, Career Fair AdvIce Cream, is coming up on Wednesday, September 16, at 7pm in the John Deere Pavilion at MEL! We will be explaining more about Women in MechSE as well as honing career fair skills and enjoying delicious ice cream and good company. Women in MechSE is also co-hosting a lunch with Women in Aerospace this Thursday, September 17th from 11am-12:30pm at Legend's. Prof Gail Jonkouski will be the guest professor for our September lunch! Lunch is own your own but a great way to get to know other girls as well a network with a professor!

Keep up to date with our events by liking our Facebook page! And if you would like to be added to the Women in MechSE email list contact Kea Evans at

Are you a part of a RSO here on campus and would like to be featured in WIE Newsletter's RSO Spotlight? Contact us at to share information about your RSO. 

Cassie Arenz is a recent graduate in Engineering Physics and will be continuing on for her Master's Degree in Energy Systems here at the University of Illinois. During her time here she was involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience, Club Cross Country and Track, and other activities. She has done both research and internships and plans to do work with renewable energy after graduation. She has loved volunteering for WIE over the years and is excited to be working for them this year!

This past June she spent time in Ghana with a non-profit called Saha Global. Her team spent time in a community called Yakura in the northern region of Ghana building a solar charging center and training women how to use the equipment and run the business. This solar charging center allowed a rural community to gain access to electricity and stop using harmful kerosene lanterns. If you would like to learn more about Cassie's time in Ghana, check out her post on her blog here or check out Saha Global here.


Some have asked about the differences in the WIE Lead and the SWE Leadership Certificate so we thought we would highlight the programs to provide some clarification.  Women in Engineering is offering a new program this year called, WIE Lead, a leadership program for women engineers. This program is an opportunity for you to learn about and practice important leadership skills to develop you as a leader. Participation in the WIE Lead program will earn you a Women in Engineering Leadership certificate and this program will count towards the programs needed to acquire the campus-wide Illinois Leadership Certificate. 

The SWE Leadership certificate is different in that it is a program offered through the Society of Women Engineers, to help students become leaders in SWE by provding exposure to all SWE activities by promoting attendance to a large variety of events and programs SWE has to offer. 

If you have questions about either of these certificates you can contact us at


WIE Study Hall

Do you need help with one of your classes or perhaps just a study buddy? WIE and CARE have partnered up to provide facilitated study hall hours on the fourth floor of Grainger. You can find the tutoring schedule by specific courses here or alternatively, join the WIE study hall for support of multiple subjects, days/times are here.


Personalized Meeting

Are you in need of some advice about a particular course, your work load, or other things concerning your experience in engineering? Schedule an appointment with WIE advisors, Dean Larson or Angie Wolters by emailing with your availability. WIE can discuss strategies and resources available to enhance your efforts.  


Interested in being a mentor for high school students interested in STEM fields? Alumna Shobana Radhakrishnan has founded TekSpark, a company geared toward inspiring and empowering students in STEM. Details about the mentor program can be found here. Companies are always looking for people who take initiative, have leadership skills, and are willing to lend a hand to others. Take advantage of this opportunity to help a future engineering student! If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor you can do that here!

Apply for PAID summer REUs and/or graduate research assistantships in one of our nation’s NSF-funded Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). The following webinars will highlight the stories of faculty and students at three universities who participate in the Smart Lighting ERC to explain the difference between carrying out research in the innovative ecosystem of an ERC versus an independent research laboratory. 
The two webinars will be offered back-to-back on Wednesday, October 14 with 15 minutes in between each webinar.  Details about each webinar appear below.  To register for one or both of these webinars, please click on one or both hyperlinks below by the October 7deadline.
Webinar #1:  Securing a Paid NSF SUMMER 2016 Internship in a National Engineering Research Center (ERC)
Wednesday, October 14, 7 to 8 p.m.
Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 155-175-555
Webinar #2:  Identifying a Faculty Research Advisor and Securing Graduate Research Funding at a National Engineering Research Center (ERC)
Wednesday, October 14, 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., CBIS Auditorium
Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 154-165-515
If you have questions about either of these webinars or would like more information, please email Barbara Ruel at


The WIE staff is continually encouraging women in engineering, so keep in touch! Check out our website, post to our Facebook page, e-mail us at, or join our new Women in Engineering LinkedIn group to learn all about WIE news, upcoming events, and scholarship opportunities.


Pictured from left to right:

Angie Wolters,

Dr. Susan Larson,

Robin McDaniel



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