Emily Koss





Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Research/Work Experience: I interned at an amazing medical company known as "Hollister Incorperated" last summer. While there I worked on various projects designing test fixtures, collecting data, doing data analytics, and generating ideas. I even was able to get a patent out of my experience!

Other campus activities: I am also involved with Business Council and ASME.

Why did you join EA? I joined EA because it has been my passion throughout college to improve both my technical skills and my soft skills. I wholeheartedly believe that technical skills can not be fully utilized unless you can effectively communicate what you know. Also, I love outreach and want to get more girls and minority groups interested in STEM by showing them that girls can and do get engineering degrees.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I love the closeness of the engineering community. Engineers want to help one another whether with a project, homework or even outside of the school environment.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? We have a reputable engineering program but we also have a large campus with lots of opportunities for involvement and to meet new people.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? It is impossible to pick just one experience, but after one of our recent EA visits, as we were leaving a little girl came up and asked if she could give me a hug. Then, she told me that she thought it was so cool that I was an engineer and that maybe she would be one too. It really just solidified the idea that we can make a difference.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? I will hopefully be working at a medical company. I love the idea of working on medical devices because they have such a direct impact on the lives of so many and there is so much room for significant improvement.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? I aspire to be a full-time EA.