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Women in Engineering
October 2015 WIE Newsletter

Happy October! We hope that you all are having a fantastic fall semester. Below are updates on 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!


WIE Featured in I-STEM

Our 2015 Women in Engineering Freshman Orientation was featured in an article in I-STEM, titled WIE Orientation 2015 Shows Female Engineering Freshmen the Ropes! Many of our participants and mentors were highlighted and pictured in the article. Check out the article here!


Thank you to all of our attendees and mentors for completing your Women in Engineering Freshman Orientation Survey. We appreciate your feedback!


Thinking of a minor in engineering, business, management or leadership? Are you undeclared and want to learn more about the different engineering majors? Join the Center for Academic Rescources in Engineering (CARE) for the Majors and Minors Fair TODAY, October 12th, from 2:45-4:45 PM in Grainger on the 4th floor-West Wing.


The Women in Engineering leadership program, WIE Lead, is providing the opportunity to WIE students to develop leadership skills in an environment that recognizes the strengths unique to women leaders. In September, we discussed Vision; creating, defining and motivating others with a purpose. In October's workshop we will discuss Ambition; having a strong desire to achieve a goal through hard work and determination, and Advocacy; speaking up about yourself and other people. If you haven't already, sign up here for the Ocotober Lead workshop, on October 13th from 5 to 7pm in 1233 Newmark! Contact us at with any questions.


WIE Workout Wednesdays are a great opportunity to work on your health as well as build community with other WIE students! Sign-up here to join us for Wednesday workouts happening every other Wednesday in the ARC in Multi-Purpose Room 4 from 8:00-9:00 a.m.  The next class will be October 14th, when we will focus on "Stretch and Strength" and on October 28th we will do Belly Dancing.  Interested in leading a workout? Let us know at


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!


Paula Stocco is currently a junior in Mechanical Engineering. This summer she was an RPA (resident project advisor) for the IEFX Summer Scholars program, an 8 week session of summer classes, team building, career exploration, and campus introduction for incoming freshman.

Being an RPA was a rewarding experience for her, "I had a lot of fun acting as a welcome ambassador and upperclassman mentor to the incoming freshman, whose energy and enthusiasm was boundless." Being with the 80+ cohort helped her remember to look at classes and the university experience as a time for adventure, growth, and possibilities. Her fellow RPAs and the scholars were all sincere in how much they cared for everyone in the program, it was a great experience because of them, and she felt lucky to be part of the program.

During the summer of 2014, Paula was given the opportunity through the WIE office to study abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay with a group of business and engineering undergraduate women. They stayed for three weeks in an apartment, and took language, culture, and engineering design classes at ORT university downtown.

"The time we spent opened my concept of science, engineering, and education in general." It is easy to fall into the false belief that entrenched customs and traditional methods are the right way of approaching problems, even the only way. But in a world with thousands of languages, hundreds of countries, this can’t be true.

If you want to read Paula's full story, you can check it out here.  

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 Aerospace (WIA) is a group that works to promote and maintain women’s interests in the field of aerospace engineering. To achieve this, WIA organizes activities focused on professional and academic development, technical projects, and outreach.

Every month WIA hosts an Alumni Roundtable and a Happy Lunch with a professor. At the roundtables, students are given an informal opportunity to speak with alumni of the U of I aerospace program to learn about what life is like post-graduation. The next roundtable is October 13th at 1pm in 319N Talbot with Julia Laystrom-Woodard of CU Aerospace. The Happy Lunches, which WIA cohosts with Women in MechSE, are a great opportunity for girls to network with a different guest professor each month.

You can learn more about WIA and their upcoming events here. WIA’s events are always all inclusive, meaning we welcome everyone interested in helping us achieve our mission, regardless of gender, age, or major. To learn more about WIA, contact

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. 

Meet Sarah Laken, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois in Bioengineering who recently began working full time as a scientist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN. While at UIUC, she was involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, and undergraduate research. Also, Sarah studied abroad, had a summer internship, and loved helping at WIE events! 

At Eli Lilly, Sarah is putting her BioE degree to good use as a fermentation scientist in external manufacturing. She supports a total of three enzyme intermediates and one drug product that are produced through fermentation at a contract manufacturer. Though she has only been with the company for about 3 months, she has already visited the contract manufacturer in Austria twice! While in Austria, she was on-the-ground support for helping with technical transfers related to process improvements. Both visits were incredible opportunities for learning more about the processes she supports and for getting the chance to better understand the capabilities of the facility. Her engineering background had played a critical role in her understanding of process control, equipment capabilities, as well as being able to evaluate the biological system as a whole. 

To learn more about Sarah and her experience, read the full story here!

Do you know of an Alumnae we should feature in WIE Newsletter's Alumnae Spotlight? Contact us at


Join Rockwell Automation for the Automation Fair 2015 in Chicago on Thursday, November 19th!

  • Learn about Rockwell products through Technical Sessions, Hands-on Labs, and Workshops
  • Get a guided tour of the fair
  • Network with Rockwell Automation Employees
  • Transportation, Food and Refreshments will be provided

Pickup will be at the Illini Union at 7:00 AM and you will be returned to the Illini Union at 6:00 PM. RSVP to by November 1st to attend. Limited spots available!


Zenefits just launched a $6,000 Advancing Women in Stem Scholarship! You can apply at from now until December 31, 2015. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a woman who:

  • Is currently enrolled as a full-time college student in the United States
  • Has completed at least one full academic year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Is pursuing a degree related to science, technology, mathematics, or engineering; and
  • Has clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals

This a great opportunity for our Women Engineers. To check out other scholarship opportunities, visit the Engineering at Illinois Scholarship page here.


Planning to apply to Graduate Schools of Engineering? Attend the Virtual Grad School Fair and get immediate answers to your admissions questions. Zero travel required!

Why Participate?

  • Register Now for the FREE virtual fair to learn more about Engineering Graduate Programs nationwide.
  • Save your valuable time by meeting admissions representatives, faculty, and current grad students in live chat sessions online.
  • Efficiently connect with multiple graduate schools in an interactive event

Virtual Fair Date: October 14, 2015 Register at


WIE Pre-registration Advising

Registration for Spring 2016 is just around the corner! Need assistance deciding what classes to take and how to arrange your schedule? For those of you not required to meet with an advisor in your major, please join WIE for a group advising lunch! On Friday, October 16th from 11am-1pm in Engineering Hall 212, Angie Wolters and Dean Larson will be available for advising and current students in YOUR major will be available for questions and advice. Registration is required as space is limited; please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided and you can stop by anytime that your schedule allows within the two hour time slot. Please register by Thursday, October 15th.


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.  


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



Congratulations to Angie Wolters, our WIE Associate Director, for receiving one of the Forty under 40 awards, which recognizes the achievements, leadership, innovation, experience and community involvement of young professionals! When asked for the article, "What is your proudest professional accomplishment," Angie responded with "Seeing the students who I advise and mentor succeed." Watch out for her full profile and highlight in the October issue of the News Gazette.


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