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Women in Engineering
March 2016 WIE Newsletter

We hope you have a great March and are wishing you the best through midterm season! Feel free to stop by the WIE Office 210A Engineering Hall anytime to talk with us about your classes, opportunities, and just to have space to hang out!


We have officially admitted 30% women to the College of Engineering for the fall 2016 class of freshman women! WIE has been doing a lot of work to recruit these women to accept including admitted student luncheons, postcard writing, and outreach activities! Want to get involved? Check out the events and opportunities this month!

Postcard Writing - Wednesday March 2nd 5-9pm

Are you excited about reaching out to younger women students and getting them interested in engineering? Come help us recruit the largest class of women engineers at Illinois ever! This year, the College of Engineering had accepted the largest number of women ever and we need champions like you to help them learn how great Engineering at Illinois is! The first step of this process is for us to write personalized postcards to accepted students.  Can you help us with this effort while enjoying fun times, music and dinner with fellow students? Sign up for our writing day on Wednesday March 2nd, 5-9pm, 212 Engineering Hall. Join us anytime during our 5 to 9pm timeslots.  Free Qdoba! The more the merrier!


Are you passionate about encouraging and empowering women in engineering? Check out these summer/fall opportunities to build your resume and get more involved in the WIE community.

  • WIE Student Office Staff - (Paid position) Build monthly newsletters, lead the WIE advisory board, organize outreach events, brainstorm new ideas, and much more!
  • WIE Orientation Mentors - Participate in orientation activities, lead a group of incoming engineering students, act as a guide for new students!

Interested in modeling your cool engineering activities? We are looking for women to help us in creating more images for Women in Engineering promotional pieces! If you or a friend are part of a cool lab or RSO, fill out this form so we can set up a time with a photographer to document the activities your involved in!  It would make for an exciting addition to your LinkedIn profile!

College of Engineering Scholarships

Scholarships for continuing students in the College of Engineering are now available! This is a common application for several scholarships for the following academic year. The scholarships are merit-based and need-based. Qualified applicants are expected to be involved, both academically and professionally and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Application components include a resume, two professional/academic references, and brief essay questions. Apply here by 5:00PM Friday March 18, 2016. Questions can be sent to


Congratulations to six of our engineering women, Ashley Williams, Caite Mccarthy, Shanna Bobbins, Margaret Barbero, Mallory Schroeder, and Katharine Mehan, being honored with the College of Engineering Knight of St. Patrick Award! This award is annually given to approximately 10-15 students who represent leadership, excellence in character, and exceptional contribution to the College of Engineering. The Knight's will be honored at the St. Pat's Ball the weekend of Engineering Open House. Congratulations to all of this year's Knights, and thank you for all you do for the College, your departments, and WIE!


Are you interested in learning more about research, Beckman Institute, and the opportunities available to you? Join us on Thursday, March 17th, 3-5pm for a reception with the Beckman Institute. This event will include information about the Beckman Institute, a tour of some of the research facilities, a reception with faculty, postdocs, and students. Snacks and drinks will be provided. This is a great opportunity to explore amazing research facilities and get a better understanding of what you can do with a career in research. If you are interested in this event, RSVP here!


Engineering Spelling Bee

Join us in the first UIUC Engineering Spelling Bee on Thursday March 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM! This is a fundraising event to raise money for UIUC Suicide Prevention and a Scholarship Fund all in honor of Rebekah Schiff-Berger, a former SWEster here at the UIUC. Sign up here! Know a great professor you would like to see judge - or better yet - participate in the spelling bee? Nominate your favorite professors here! Contact Lauren Zelaya at or Molly McGiles at with questions!


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!


Sona Kaul is a junior studying Industrial Engineering with a focus in Economics and Finance. Last summer, she was a System Service Group intern at ComEd, planning new subdivisions and their electric equipment. This coming summer, she will be working at PepsiCo as a Manufacturing Operations intern in Burnsville, MN. In the past, Sona has been involved with Society of Women Engineers as the mentor program chairman, organizing the Leadership Buddy Program and its various events. Currently, she is the service chair on the executive board of Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Lead Engineering Learning Assistant for Engineering 100, an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the finance director of MakerGirl.

MakerGirl is a for-purpose social start-up out of the University of Illinois that aims to get 7-10 year old girls interested in STEM through 3D printing workshops. This summer, MakerGirl is going mobile and taking a truck across the country to bring these workshops to girls in rural areas who would not have the opportunity to learn about 3D printing otherwise. As finance director, Sona is responsible for raising funds for this project through corporate sponsorship and Kickstarter. She loves seeing young girls be enthusiastic about STEM and is very excited to see what the mobile project has in store for the MakerGirl team.

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

Alumna Spotlight
Lori Gold Patterson received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, where she was involved in a multitude of activities including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Almost 20 years ago, she co-founded Pixo, a software consulting firm, and has since grown her company from 3 to 33 people. 
Lori has had a very successful career and has earned many awards for both leadership and entrepreneurship. Most recently she has received the V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year award through the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program. If you want to learn more about Lori and the award, you can check out this article.
Lori is a budding speaker and blogger; she can be found at and on Twitter at @lorigpatterson.

Women in Computer Science (WCS) is a student group under CS@Illinois that is a non-profit, educational, student-run organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of young women who are considering pursuit of a career in computer science or show an overall interest in technology. They have around 100 active members, some of whom work on a tech team involved in a project for EOH, mentoring other students, as well as organizing social and networking events. 

WCS also holds an annual high school retreat called Chictech, where around 50 high school girls are invited to stay overnight on campus and get a taste of different opportunities in CS. Girls participate in fun activities such as a campus scavenger hunt, computer science trivia, and workshops where they work on an individual project. As the number of women accepted to study Computer Science here at UIUC increases, they are excited to support them in their endeavors!

Interested in getting involved with WCS and their activities? Contact Emily Chao at or visit their website!

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. 

Interested in Law, Business, and Technology? Consider the one-year Master of Science in Law (MSL) program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law that 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. MSL graduates are well positions for careers as: patent agents; IP/patent portfolio managers; scientific and/or technical consultants; business developers; regulatory strategists; compliance officers; patent coordinators; entrepreneurs; and more.  Scholarships are available.

Learn more by joining us for our upcoming webinar. 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: for  March 9 at 5pm or April 7 at 4pmAnyone interested in the Master of Science in Law program is welcome to contact Susan Dennehy, Administrative Director, at


For all African-American, American Indian, and Latina women, we encourage you to apply to become a NACME scholar. This scholarship is offered to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership commitment to engineering as a career field, and financial need. The deserving students will each receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship toward the cost of education. The application is due by April 1st, 2016 as a pdf e-mail to Application information and materials can be found here. For questions regarding the application, please contact the NACME’s office at 914/539-4010, ext. 222.


Join Target for a 3-day technology symposium focused on connecting and empowering female coders, retail, and ecommmerce industry topics, career development, and engineering oppotunities at Target. The symposium will take place May 19th - May 21st at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Target will pay for all reasonable travel and hotel accomodations. Interested? Apply by April 15th, 2016 by going to their career site, search for Target Wome in Tech Symposium 2016 (Job ID: INF0009MQ), attach your resume, and respond to the three questions.


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.


Pictured from left to right:

Angie Wolters,

Dr. Susan Larson,

Robin McDaniel



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