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Women in Engineering
November 2015 WIE Newsletter

Happy November! We hope that you are having a fantastic fall semester.  Below 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 want to chat!


The Women in Engineering leadership program, WIE Lead, has been providing WIE students the opportunity to develop leadership skills in an environment that recognizes the strengths unique to women leaders. In September, we discussed Vision. In October, we discussed Ambitionand Advocacy. Sign up here for our next WIE Lead workshop on Reslience that will happen November 16th from 5-7 p.m. in EH 106B8! Contact us at with any questions.


WIE Workout Wednesdays is an opportunity to work on our health as well as meet WIE students! Sign-up here to join us for belly dancing, our last workout of the semester, on Nov. 18th, at the ARC in MP Room 4 from 8-9:00 a.m. 


Are you graduating this December? Come join WIE for an informal celebration breakfast on December 9th, 2015! We will be in Engineering Hall 112 from 9:00-11:00 AM. You can join us for anytime that your schedule allows in this two hour slot. Please register here. Congratulations graduates! WIE hope to see you on the 9th!

2016 Engineering Open House will be March 11 and 12! This year, WIE plans to sponsor several projects highlighting different types of engineering for grade, middle and/or high school students! Want to get involved with this outreach activity? If so, let us know here! If you have questions, contact us at

Interested in reaching out to middle school students to help them achieve their STEM dreams? Join us for our pen pal program starting next spring! We will be working with a local middle school to write to students on a regular basis. Sign-up here for more information! Questions? Contact us 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!


Grace Pakeltis, a junior studying Material Science and Engineering, concentrating in electronic materials.  She is working as an undergraduate research assistant in Professor John Rogers’ group. On campus, Grace is the External Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers where she is responsible for corporate relations and sponsorships.  Previously she was the co-outreach director, running various events to encourage girls of all ages to pursue degrees in STEM. Throughout her career, Grace hopes to research and develop electronics or alternative energy projects.  She also plans to continue to advocate for women in STEM field through organizations like SWE as well as work with schools to improve STEM curriculum at all levels of education.  

During the summer of 2015, she worked as a summer intern at Oak Ridge National Lab working on self-assembled nanocomposites for solar cell applications.  Through the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, she was given a project and a mentor at the lab. At the lab, Grace was able to work on every step of the fabrication process, learning to use various deposition tools like magnetron sputterers, as well as analysis tools like scanning electron microscopes.  The project she worked on crossed into three divisions of the lab allowing for her to gain optimal knowledge of how Oak Ridge works.  

For more information about Research opportunities and how you can get involved, read below in the Extra Opportunities section.

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


Congratulations to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Illinois! At the Annual SWE Conference, SWE Illinois was represented by 38 undergraduates and 12 graduate students in Nashville. SWE took home 6 awards for their outstanding 2014-2015 year! 3 membership awards, 1 outreach award, 1 communication award, and the Gold Level Outstanding Section award. Congratulations also to Team Tech for winning 3rd place for their garage door keypad design, as well as Ceci Klauber for 2nd place in the graduate technical poster competition. Way to go ladies!

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. 

Dr. Carolyn Primus is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Ceramic Engineering, and she holds MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California. Her 40-year career has spanned both coasts and includes diverse employment in government labs, private industry, and consulting. Most recently, she started a company manufacturing dental materials – Avalon Biomed Inc. ( The company is devoted to manufacturing, distributing and marketing bioactive materials to improve oral health worldwide, with affordable clinically-effective products. The company mission includes donations to underserved communities worldwide.

Carolyn has published in peer-reviewed journals and has 13 patents. She serves as the US Expert on endodontic materials for the American Dental Association. Her volunteer work recently took her to Bangkok, where she visited the Grand Palace (and posed for this photo). As quoted by Carolyn, “I credit the University of Illinois curriculum as my foundation for my career in materials science.”

Carolyn and Gino Primus established the Primus Engineering Scholarship Fund in 2013 to provide scholarship support to deserving underprivileged female undergraduate engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carolyn continues to be an excellent role model and supports our Women in Engineering students.


Are you interested in building your resume while helping in a unique outreach opportunity? FIRST LEGO League Championship is in need of volunteers to serve as referees in November and December. Volunteers are needed for the following dates at the following tentative locations:

  • November 13th, Scrimmage at Mechanical Engineering Lab, UIUC
  • December 3rd, Tournament at Parkland College
  • December 19th, Batavia and Rockford
  • December 20th, Crystal Lake and Palatine

Please visit our homepage here for details on how to apply for a volunteer role, training schedules, scoresheet examples, and contact information.


Are you interested in Research? Check out these research related opportunities and events.

Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program -The ISUR  program offers a select group of students a two-semester experience with a research learning community. Through the learning-by-apprenticeship model, students become familiar with research methodologies and develop their research skills. For more information about the program, please go to the ISUR website. On November 30, 2015 – ISUR Call for Applications for 2016-2017 with details on how to apply will be sent out to all engineering undergraduate students

Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI) Call for Posters – PECI is a perfect place to investigate future power and energy technologies presented by leading industry and academic experts in the field. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in a poster session. Please note the due dates for submissions and for more details visit:

Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) Research Symposium – The PURE program is a student organization-led, interdisciplinary research program aimed at pairing undergraduate students in electrical and computer engineering or computer science with research mentors. The research symposium is open to the public and will showcase participants’ research projects. On December 3, 2015 – PURE Fall Research Symposium will be held at the ECEB Atrium (1st Floor), 5:00-6:30 PM

For inquiries regarding these events, please contact Natasha Mamaril, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, at


Initiated in 2013 by the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, weSTEM (Women Empowered in STEM) is a one-day conference that provides a forum for STEM leaders to inspire one another to excel at the scientific frontier, developing solutions for the next generation of global challenges. Engineers and scientists share academic, professional, and personal experiences, providing insight into their paths to success in STEM fields.

This conference will take place February 6th, 2016, in the Illini Union. It is open to all students, including undergraduate students, and is highly recommended for those that are interested in pursuing graduate school. The application is open until all spots are filled or December 13th. Questions? Contact Angeli Gamez at


Interested in Law, Business, and Technology?

The one-year Master of Science in Law (MSL) program at Northwestern Law prepares students for careers at the intersection of law, business, and technology. Designed especially for students with engineering, science, technology, mathematics, and medical backgrounds. The MSL provides practical, focused, business-centered legal training that enables students to communicate across disciplines; develop, protect, and manage intellectual property; bring ideas to market; and navigate the legal and regulatory structures that exist in STEM settings.  

The MSL offers courses in three main areas:

  • IP & Patent Design
  • Business Law & Entrepreneurship
  • Regulatory Analysis & Strategy

Learn more by joining us for our upcoming webinar on November 12th at 11:00 a.m. or December 16th at 12:00 p.m. We will provide a comprehensive overview of the MSL program, including curriculum, full-time and part-time scheduling, career opportunities, and more. We will also take questions from the audience.

Join online:

If you are interested in the MSL program, please feel free to contact Susan Dennehy, Senior Program Coordinator, 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.  


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, join our Women in Engineering LinkedIn group, or follow us on Instagram, to learn all about WIE news, upcoming events, and scholarship opportunities.


Have a safe and restful Fall Break!


Pictured from left to right:

Angie Wolters,

Dr. Susan Larson,

Robin McDaniel



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