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August 2016 :EAs meet for the first time for the 2016 school year!

EAs meet for once a week at night in a one credit hour course where they plan and discuss future EA events and classroom visits. Applications to join are open in the beginning of the Fall 2016 academic year!


April 2016 :Congratulations to the 2016 Speaking Competition winners!

Six top engineering students in various disciplines were chosen as finalist to give presentations on "describing an engineering solutuion to a societal problem." The judges consisted of: Dean Marie-Christine Brunet, Director of Communications, Michelle Rice, head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, Dr. Karen A. Thole, marketing and communications strategy leader, Bill Bell, and engineering alumni, Owen Doyle. The criteria for scoring ranged from content, poise, elocution, rganization, ethusiasm, and creativity. Third place winner of $50 was Kevin Wang, second place for $100 was Aashay Patel, and first place for $200 was Shanna Bobbins. Honorable mentions to Virupaksh Agrawal, Jared C. Bowman, and Diego Deveras.


March 2016 :Ambassadors make a trip to Garden Hills Elementary

EAs visited a local elementary school to demonstrate the physics of sound waves. Activities included talking through cups with a string, wine glass sounds, and drums.


November 2015: A new class of students join EA!

26 students were welcomed into Engineering Ambassadors the same night EA announced its newly formed partnership with Engineering Career Services (ECS). This makes the largest and most diverse class of ambassadors to date. With the organization’s numbers growing, EA hopes to continue to expand its horizons into new areas.


November 2015: Ambassadors meet aspiring bioengineering high school students.

BioE senior Asha Kirchoff explains and works with high school students at Judah Christian School to teach the different chemical compositions found within a prescription pill. These students voluntarily enrolled in the class due to an interest in Biology and/or Engineering. Kirchoff was able to demonstrate and show engineering applications used in the real world as well as discuss different opportunities found at the University of Illinois for BioE. EA has begun to expand the types and range of students they talk to by visiting local elementary, middle, and high school students.


October 2015: EA’s 2015-16 school visits has liftoff!

Illinois Ambassadors have begun a new season of visiting local Champaign-Urbana schools to help change the conversation in regards to engineering. EA has been working closely with schools such as Booker T. Washington Elementary, Garden Hills Elementary, and the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy. Topics covered at these schools this year have included rocket propulsion (activity pictured above), the science of blacklights, as well as energy conversion via motors.


April 2015:EA’s Inaugural Speaking Competition

Five excellent presentations were given by top engineering students at the University of Illinois. The presenters were prompted with the task of describing an engineering solution to a societal problem through a seven minute presentation. The students were scored by three excellent judges with prestigious backgrounds: Assistant Dean Marie-Christine Brunet, Director of Research Communications Melissa Edwards, and Associate Dean Kevin T Pitts. First place was awarded to Aerospace Engineering Student Je Won Hong on his presentation of "Eco-Friendly Spaceflight System Solutions in the Future." Second and third place were given to Mechanical Engineering student Patrick Slade and Bioengineering student Blake Wilhelmsen respectively. Honorable mentions were awarded to Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological engineering student Jared C. Bowman and Bioengineering student Olivia Webb. Congratulations to these five superb presenters! More information about the speaking competition as well as future EA events can be found here.


January 2015: Illinois EA grows more than ever!

Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 school year were chosen after a very competitive application process. With 22 members and 3 advisers, this is the largest and most diverse group of members to date. EA strives to continue their great success as an outreach program!


March 2014: Engineering Ambassador receives Chancellor's Public Service Engagement Grant.

Founding Illinois Engineering Ambassador Asha Kirchhoff was named a Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellow in recognition of work done with the Illinois EA program. As part of the fellowship, Illinois EA will receive a $1,500 grant to fund work with the St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy


March 2014: Illinois Engineering Ambassadors offer classroom tours at EOH.

As thousands flocked to the Bardeen Quad to explore the Engineering Open House exhibits, Illinois Engineering Ambassadors offered guided tours to visiting classrooms of all ages. The Ambassadors personalized each tour to best match the academic interests of each classroom and served as role models for the younger students. Ambassadors didn’t just explain the engineering technologies on display, but went the extra mile to answer questions and discuss what is was like to take certain classes or have an internship. Across the two days of EOH, our Illinois EA’s offered tours to over 200 students, creating a lasting impact.


Fall 2013: Engineering Ambassadors represent engineering on campus and off.

Illinois EAs Martin Kim, Ravi Yada, Edgar Uribe, and Chuma Kabaghe speak to undeclared freshmen in engineering during their ENG 100 class. The EA’s shared their experiences in their respective majors and offered insights on how to get the most out of an Illinois engineering education.

Illinois EA hits the road. Ambassadors Zoey Sowinski, Jackie Yu, Vaibhav Maheshwari, and Chuma Kabaghe visited Dunlap Middle School outside of Peoria to discuss Material Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, and Computer Engineering.


February 2013: The Illinois EA Family Grows!

More than a year after Illinois EA’s founding, a new class of ambassadors is recruited. The new EA’s attend a weekend workshop to learn effective engineering messages and presentation techniques. With over 6 engineering majors represented, the new EA’s work together in interdisciplinary partnerships to create and deliver their first presentations. See our Members page for more information on our wonderful ambassadors!


August 2012: Illinois Engineering Ambassadors is founded!

The founding Illinois Engineering Ambassadors and Advisors at the Penn State EA conference.




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