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Students Launch UIC Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers
CME has a new student organization up and running! A packed house attended the first general body meeting of the UIC chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in October. “The objective of the ITE-UIC student chapter is to bring together students related to transportation engineering at CME and beyond,” said Nabin Kafle, president of ITE-UIC. “We want to make students more interested in the Transportation Engineering program by conducting regular talks, seminars, and employment opportunities, while connected them to ITE district and scholarship opportunities.” The student chapter also offers free membership to ITE-UIC chapter, career guidance, networking events, field trips, conferences, and much more. “The transportation and logistics sector is facing huge challenges and opportunities at the same…
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ECE Students Help Introduce Engineering to Elementary Students
Photo by Pawel KonopkaStudents from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and their peers from every area of UIC’s College of Engineering hosted Mom, Me, and SWE on Nov.12 at UIC. The Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) event is an outreach program for fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade female students and their parents with the goal to expose young female students to engineering with hands on activities and to encourage the students to start thinking about engineering as a viable career path.More than 30 students and parents participated in the free event, which focused on Electrical and Computer Engineering. ECE students Stephanie Sagun, of Park Forest, Ill., and Megan Dague, of Fox Lake, Ill, provided an overview about the…
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Engineering Student Veteran of the Month
Maria Mckiever began her UIC career in fall 2015 as an industrial engineering major. She plans to graduate in spring 2018. An active member of the Student Veterans Association at UIC, Mckiever is also involved with UIC’s chapter of the Institute for Industrial Engineers. Read more about her.
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College of Engineering Graduation 2016
SPRING 2016 COMMENCEMENTCollege of Engineering Graduation 2015Date: May 9, 2015 (Saturday)  Place: UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine.Parking: Directly across the street Student Check-in Time: 12:30 PM @ UIC Pavilion Parking Garage Doors open to Pavilion for guests: 1:00 PM Ceremony Time: 2:00-4:00 PM;Tickets not requiredReception immediately following in SSB Atrium (Student Services Building) directly across the street. We do ask that you be considerate of the space limitations for the reception. We ask that you limit your guests to 8 for the reception. If you have more than 8, please make other arrangements to meet them elsewhere.Spring 2016 Commencement is open for Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 graduates only.** Students intending to graduate in Summer 2016 may attend…
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Two generous donors are putting $5,000 in play to assist UIC engineering students of Philippine descent
Two generous donors are putting $5,000 in play to assist UIC engineering students of Philippine descent. Mr. Robert Kiamco and Dr. Benita Kiamco of the Philippine Engineers & Scientists Organization (PESO) are taking the lead to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 with the goal of raising $10,000 for the UIC PESO Scholarship this calendar year. They hope to inspire others to help offset tuition expenses and create the next generation of new engineers. The deadline for gifts to qualify for the match is December 31, 2015. Click here to donate by check or online. Please contact engalumni@uic.edu with questions.
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While most UIC students are away for the summer, the College welcomes pre-college students to campus to have some fun with engineering
Building a wind turbine out of blank CDs, thin cardboard, and Super Glue might not sound like the average summer activity for a ten year old, but professors at UIC’s College of Engineering hope to make it one. As part of a new summer camp hosted by the College’s mechanical and industrial engineering department, forty-three students ages ten to eighteen—split into two age-based tracks—spent a week on campus exploring the engineering world through hands-on activities, field trips, and tours of high-tech labs and design shops on UIC’s campus. More than half the campers had never heard of engineering. But that’s the point, said Yeow Siow, PhD, the camp’s director. “There was no eligibility requirement. We wanted to reach as many…
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Illinois’ senior senator, Dick Durbin, visited campus April 17 to meet UIC’s Chicago Engineering Design Team (EDT)
Illinois’ senior senator, Dick Durbin, visited campus April 17 to meet UIC’s Chicago Engineering Design Team (EDT). Members of the organization use their mechanical, electrical, and software engineering skills to design and build robots for competition each year. The team has won 1st place three consecutive years in a row at the Jerry Sanders Design Competition.
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“A lot of people provide opportunities, but they don’t always provide the opportunity that changes your life; UIC did that for me.”
Touring with major-label bands and recording albums in a Los Angeles studio sound like exciting gigs for an aspiring sound engineer. Mark Blewett (BS ’14) had amassed these kinds of experiences, but, five years into his fast-tracked career, found himself at a crossroads: he landed a lucrative sound engineering job with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and still wasn’t convinced he had reached the pinnacle of his career. “I loved working in a technical field—I was constantly learning—but I was often thinking about the future of audio and all the problems that still needed to be addressed,” he said. Feeling a strong calling to contribute technical solutions to those problems, Blewett decided to return to school.A husband and father, Blewett…
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February 26, 2015 – National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Initiative by Jillian to encourage girls
“If girls have the interest and the desire, there should be nothing stopping them from becoming successful engineers,” says UIC engineering student Jillian Economy (BS ’17), who volunteers at the Arnett C. Lines Elementary School girls’ engineering club in Barrington, Illinois.The club, started by third grade teacher Sarah Giunchedi in September 2014, introduces grade school students to STEM-related topics through accessible, hands-on activities. They’ve made catapults, constructed towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and learned about kinetic and potential energy with a loop-and-marble demonstration. “We’re covering simple concepts—some they may have been introduced to before—but connecting them with technical vocabulary,” says Economy.Having something like this when she was growing up would have been helpful, Economy notes. “As a kid, I…
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