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Women in Engineering
December 2015 WIE Newsletter

Happy December! Here are some of the upcoming WIE events and opportunities to wrap up the end of the year. Please stop by and see us anytime in Engineering Hall 210!


Congratulations to our December Women in Engineering Graduates! WIE are so proud of you. If you would like to stay connected after graduation, please email us at with your personal email address and we will add you to our Alumnae mailing list!


Thank you to all of those that particpated in the WIE Lead Program this fall. Workshops will resume in the Spring! Watch your email for the WIE Lead newsletter.  You won't want to miss this opportunity!

Top Ten Things to do over Winter Break

10. Catch up on binge watching TV shows.

9. Eat a home cooked meal.

8. Have a family member do your laundry.

7. Read about some amazing opportunities in this newsletter.

6. Research study abroad opportunities.

5. Sign up for our Spring Pen Pals program and inspire middle school girls! 

4. Apply for College of Engineering Scholarships for Continuing Students.

3. Get inspired and explore the Technology Entrepenuer Center website.

2. Continue to check out research opportunities at Illinois!

1. Rest, relax, and refresh before another amazing semester!


 Northrop Grumman Tour: Friday, January 22nd

Interested in engaging directly with a company and witness their manufactering?  If so, join WIE for a tour of Northrop Grumman facilty at their Rolling Meadows, IL facility to learn more about their innovative technology and careers in Science, Engineering, Computer Science, and Business. WIE will be collecting resumes from all that attend to share with our host. This is an amazing opportunity to meet their hiring managers and engineers and learn about their internships and new graduate opportunities!

The tour will run Friday, Junuary 22nd from 11:30am-2:30pm (buses plan to depart from UIUC at 8:30am). Please sign up for this event and submit your resume HERE no later than December 31st. Space is limited and please only register for this event if you truly plan to attend. If there is an emergency and you are no longer able to attend, please contact immediately.  


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!


Geethi is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. This past summer, her love for travel and interests in business, innovation, entrepreneurship, and Spanish language led her to Montevideo, Uruguay. The Women in Business and Technology Program gave her and six other U of I students the opportunity to spend three weeks at the ORT University where they were able to participate in workshops with Uruguayan students, a Spanish language and culture course, and numerous site visits to local businesses, incubators, and start-ups all of which opened her eyes to how businesses run in other countires. Living in Montevideo for a short amount of time allowed her to dive into the Uruguayan culture. Besides classes and site visits, the U of I students participated in volunteering efforts such as coding workshops for middle school students. At U of I, Geethi participates in numerous outreach efforts and extending her love for outreach to a completely different country was an amazing experience. 

"I definitely encourage anyone with an interest in innovation, technology, business or Spanish to attend this program". Geethi says it is a wonderful way to get your feet wet with study abroad, and the length of the program allowed her to have a study abroad experience, but still work and take classes for the rest of the summer.

If you want to learn more about Geethi's experience, you can check it out here. You can also learn more about a similar opportunity like Geethi's in the Extra Opportunities section.

Would you like to be featured in one of our WIE Spring Newsletter's? 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


Sistas in STEM (SIS) is a new RSO that aims to unite women of color majoring in the STEM fields on campus.  Initially, SIS began as a one-time event held in the spring semester, but due to the large attendance and numerous positive responses, the group decided to form a permanent organization. 

Starting their own traditions, SIS looks forward to reaching out to young girls in the community to encourage them to pursue STEM careers.  While also motivating each other toward becoming impactful leaders in their respective fields and beyond.  By empowering each other and maintaining their strong connection, Sistas in STEM will reinforce a positive image of minority female professionals.

SIS next upcoming event: Finding it hard to study at home? This Friday SIS has the perfect place and great brain-powering foods to keep you going!  Come join us for "Snack 'n Study" on Friday, December 11th anytime between 11am - Midnight in 2050 SDRP as we study hard for finals.

If you're interested in joining Sistas in STEM and learning more about their upcoming events, please email  You can also see them on Facebook (Sistas In STEM) and Twitter (Sistas_in_STEM).

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 Marrissa Hellesen, who earned her Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois in June. She was recently featured on Microsoft's blog where she discussed overcoming difficulties during her college career as well as her love for coding. Marissa was able to complete her degree with help from Microsoft and another scholarship she received through the University. In July, she started what she calls “the magical unicorn of jobs” where she is a software development engineer for Microsoft Word. She now helps create new features for Word and feels like she gets to “make a big impact” while learning along the way. “My team is very caring,” she says. “I find the company to be very interested in my development and my growth, and so it’s a place where I feel at home.”

To read Marissa's full inspirational story, click here. You won't want to miss this read!

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


Interested in Study Abroad? Winter break is an excellent time to research and learn what opportunities are available for you! The International Programs in Engineering (IPENG) office offers a multitude of programs specifically for engineers. You can do semester/academic year programs or summer programs. There are also opportunities for interning abroad, as well as volunteering abroad. To find out more about these types of opportunities check out the IPENG webpage or stop in their office, 210 Engineering Hall.

A great summer opportunity is the Women in Business and Technology Summer study abroad program. This is a unique three-week opportunity for women in the Colleges of Engineering, Business, and ACES. You can learn more about the program and apply here. Applications are due by February 21st.


WIE wishes you the best of luck on finals this semester. Remember to eat well, get plenty of sleep and take care of yourself throughout finals. 

Also stop by Engineering Hall 1st Floor December 11-17 in between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Finals Week Study Snacks! Take a break and enjoy some free snacks, brought to you by the College of Engineering.


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.


From the Women in Engineering Program, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Pictured from left to right:

Angie Wolters,

Dr. Susan Larson,

Robin McDaniel



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