Involvement

Service to the Profession

I currently serve as the Director of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers at the University of Illinois. GradSWE advocates for women in graduate education and offer programming specifically for grad students, including a lunch series and hosting a Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference each year. We encourage women to pursue graduate school, support them throughout their graduate education, and help prepare them for their future careers after they complete their degree.

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Additional involvement:

  • Committee Member, Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Planning Committee, 2017
  • Committee Member, Graduate Society of Women Engineers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 – present
  • Representative, CEE Graduate Student Advisory Committee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2016
  • Team Lead, University of Illinois Solar Decathlon Competition, 2014-2015

Membership in Professional and Honorary Societies:

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, since 2017
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, since 2017
  • American Geophysical Union, since 2015
  • Society of Women Engineers, since 2013
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, since 2012
  • National Honor Society Tau Beta Pi, inducted 2014
  • National Honor Society Chi Epsilon, inducted 2013

Outreach

NanoSTRucT (Nanoscale Science and Technology Resources for Community Teaching) partners with local K-12 schools to design, build, conduct, and improve a trainee-led and organized outreach project sharing nanotechnology with students. From 2015-2016 I participated in weekly themed visits to third grade classrooms as at local elementary school to complete activities and multi-media modules to introduce kids to concepts of nanotechnology and STEM. I also developed a curriculum workbook for the students to complete during each visit.

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In 2016 I volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois to assist girls in earning their Robotics patch. We operated a ground vehicle to demonstrate velocity calculation based on distance and time. Groups of girls also operated small land and water robots to explore remote data collection in small water bodies.

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Additional involvement and volunteer work:

  • Organizer and Volunteer, Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Camp (2016)
  • Organizer and Volunteer, Booker T. Washington Elementary School STEM Academy (2016)
  • Organizer and Volunteer, Women Exploring Graduate Opportunities in CEE (2015-present)
  • Volunteer, University of Illinois Engineering Open House (2015, 2016, 2017)

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