Illinois Engineering Ambassadors is a professional outreach program sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering. Our ambassadors serve as role models of engineering to those who are classically underrepresented and underserved in engineering fields. We seek to change the conversation about what it means to be an engineer by focusing on how engineers are positively impacting the health, happiness, and safety of our world.
We offer highly engaging presentations and activities on a range of engineering topics that are appropriate for many different grade levels. To ensure that our Ambassadors are well equipped to discuss complex engineering concepts, we train all our EA’s in effective presentation and communication techniques.
If you would like our Ambassadors to visit your classroom, please visit our Contact page.
If you are interested in becoming an Illinois EA, please visit our Apply page.
If you are interested in partnering with the Illinois EA program, please visit our Partners page.
Our ambassadors are trained in technical communication using the assertion evidence presentation style. This allows for us to teach scientific concepts effectively to all age ranges. We have a library of presentations for all science standards.
EA emphasizes diversity within group work. We are proud of to be an organization with a variety of gender, ethnicities and backgrounds - each engineering major at the University of Illinois is also represented within EA.
We believe in hands-on learning. In addition to presentations, EAs design and implement an activity that will engage students and spark their curiosity for STEM in the real world. These are tailored for each visit according to science standards.
There are dozens of EAs trained each year, which allows for us to cover off-campus visits as well as be involved with important events on the Illinois campus. EA is also guided by two faculty advisors and EAs receive training from faculty and staff from many units.