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Women in Engineering
April 2016 WIE Newsletter

We hope you all had a refreshing spring break and are ready to finish out the semester strong! Feel free to stop by the WIE Office 210A Engineering Hall anytime to talk with us about your classes, opportunities, or just to hang out!


This year was the first year we started our middle school pen pals program! We had such a fun time meeting our pen pals at EOH and touring them around! This was a really great opportunity to inspire girls to consider engineering and pursue their dreams, while also giving the girls a role model in the engineering field. Want to get involved in our future outreach events? Be sure to send an e-mail to


Every year the College of Engineering recognizes 8-15 outstanding students who display leadership, character, and contribution to the College of Engineering with the Knight's of St. Patrick award. At the 2016 Knight's of St. Patrick Ball, 6 women engineers were knighted: Ashley Williams, Caite McCarthy, Shanna Bobbins, Margaret Barbero, Mallory Schroeder, and Katharine Mehan. Additionally, congratulations to Angie Wolters who was chosen for the Honorary Knight award that recognizes a staff or faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the College of Engineering and its students. We are very proud of the accomplishments of all of these women and honored to have them part of the Women in engineering community. Congratulations to all of the Knight's!


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!


April WIE Lead Worskshop - Communication

Join us for the last WIE Lead workshop of the semester!  Amy Doroff, 2015 General Engineering alumna, will be joining us for a discussion on the topic of communication.  As a student, Amy had several engineering accomplishments including being awarded the Dan Levngood Excellence in Ergonomics Award for a project she completed during a John Deere summer internship, as well as the third-place Illinois Innovation Prize from the Technology and Entrepreneur Center.  She also completed an internship at Whirlpool Corporation that led to a full-time position as a process engineer.  

Register here to join us for this program on Thursday, April 7 from 5 to 6:30pm in 212 Engineering Hall!


Engineering students! We need your help in completing a survey that gives us your opinions and viewpoints of your Engineering instructors, both Native and Non-Native English speakers! This will provide a more in-depth analysis of the instructors that teach at the University of Illinois and what is most appropriate for the students! If you are willing to take 10 minutes to complete this survey, we would appreciate it! If you complete it, you will be registered for a $50 Visa Gift Card! Thank you!


Are you interested in doing engineering outreach with middle school students in Chicago? The College of Engineering and the College of Education have partnered with the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program to host Saturday sessions at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Approximately 50 middle school students participate every Saturday, in which volunteers get to do fun, engaging, and hands-on math and science activities with the students. Transportation to and from Chicago and lunch is ALWAYS provided to all the volunteers. To sign up, contact Sahid Rosado at You are not required to attend every Saturday, e-mail Sahid with the Saturday's you would like to attend.


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!

Meet Lara Flasch

Lara is a junior in Industrial Engineering and is one of the outreach directors for Society of Women Engineers. As outreach director for SWE, Flasch coordinates the society’s various outreach programs that connect with young women to get them interested in engineering. Lara is also involved in IIE and was part of the planning committee for the 2016 Regional IIE conference, which welcomed 120 students to UIUC for professional development workshops, plant tours, networking opportunities and social activities.

This past summer, Flasch interned for Kraft-Heinz in Suffolk, Va., working for their continuous improvement team. In this position, she supported the team as they worked to cut costs and save money for the company. Next summer, Flasch will intern with Nestlé at their Waverly, Iowa plant as an operations management trainee intern and she hopes this experience will prepare her for a career in manufacturing engineering.

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

Dr. Thole received her BS and MS in Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois and is currently the Department Head of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Karen is a leading voice in heat transfer while serving as a role model and advocate for women in STEM. She founded the Experimental and Computational Convection Laboratory (ExCCL) in which studies of convective heat transfer are conducted with an emphasis on cooling of gas turbine airfoils. Research accomplishments include: the development of a novel fillet design, now used in turbine designs, to reduce heat transfer arising from vortices; and guidance for microchannel cooling through the acquisition of detailed data.

She was recently recognized as SWE’s 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator and by the U.S. White House in 2011 as a Champion of Change in Science, Technology, and Engineering for her recruitment efforts in STEM by founding the Engineering Ambassadors Network. The Engineering Ambassadors Program empowers female students majoring in engineering with advanced communication skills in using the messages of Changing the Conversation to recruit high school girls into the discipline.


Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) is a student organization in the ECE department. It is a student-run organization that focuses on increasing professional skills of the women in the department as well as holding social events to connect with other women. They help connect students with alumni and professionals through networking and technical events every semester.

The WECE Engineering Open House team and technical workshops provide their members with another resource outside of class to increase their technical knowledge. Members can come up with their own ideas for a project and the teams can vote on what they work on. As the number of women in ECE increase every year, they are excited to support them in any way possible!

If you would like to get involved or learn more, email Molly Pace at or go online to their website here 

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. 

We need YOU to be our role models during WIE Orientation (previously called WIE Camp) on August 16th-18th. Help us welcome the largest incoming class of women engineering students to Illinois. Participate in orientation activities, lead a group of incoming engineering students, and act as a guide for new students! Apply here to be WIE Orientation Mentor!


Engineering for Social Justice Scholars Program

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity for the Fall 16/Spring 17 academic year?  Do you want to make a real and lasting impact on the world around you while earning course credit and learning professional skills that will be valuable for your future?  Then apply now for the new Engineering for Social Justice Scholars Program! Engage with students from Chicago Public Schools, apply your knowledge and skills to manage and facilitate a new STEM outreach program for youth in Champaign-Urbana, and work in teams to develop and implement a project to support engineering for social justice. 

Application deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 via


Summer Opportunities

GAMES Camp is still seeking applications from women students who are interested in working as Lab Assistants during summer 2016. If you are in any of the following majors, you are encouraged to apply:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (must be currently enrolled, or have already taken ECE 110) – camp will take place from June 19 – June 25, 2016
  • Chemical Engineering – camp will take place from June 19 – June 25, 2016
  • Aerospace Engineering – camp will take place from July 10 – 16, 2016

Apply TODAY by going to


Also, the College of Engineering is in the process of hiring Engineering Tour Guides for summer and fall 2016.  

All interested candidates should fill out the application here and send their resume to Lynsey Howse at  


Graduating Seniors

Are you graduating in May 2016? Please fill out this form to be added to our WIE alumnae database.


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.  


Best Wishes, Robin!

Robin will be taking an opportunity in finance, and we wish her the best of luck in her next endeavor! Thank you for all the support you have given to the WIE community over the past two years.  We couldn't have accomplished what we have without you and your committment to our program! Best of luck! 


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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