Enobong Asanga





Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Akwa-Ibom, Nigeria

Research/Work Experience:
Tilone Subsea Ltd. - ROV Maintenance Intern,
Walt Disney World - Attractions Cast Member,
Shell Petroleum Development Company - Well Integrity Intern.

Other campus activities:
Catholic Illini - Lector, Minister and Wheatie,
MechSE Advancement Student Committee - Alumni Co-Chair,
I'm involved, but not very active in AE3 Student Consultants on Teaching, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Engineering Illinois and Women in MechSE Illinois.

Why did you join EA? Growing up, my family and close friends were very supportive of whatever my career choices were. They believed in me when I wanted to be a nurse, costume designer, and even when I wanted to be a Barbie doll. Unfortunately, a lot of people around me didn't and sometimes got to me. To me, EA is an opportunity for me to show people that Engineering is fun and cool and that if I can do it, they can too =]

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I really really like learning. The things I learn in class are sometimes so mind-blowing and that makes me happy. I also like the expression of confusion some people make when they find out a total nerd (me) is so very artsy. Finally, I like that to be a successful engineering student, you need people (I like people).

What made you come to the University of Illinois? Out of 10 schools I applied to, Illinois was the only one I didn't want to go to. It was also the only one that accepted me (without requirements that clashed with the Nigerian school calendar). Why I stayed though, is because Illinois feels like home. I have never met a more supportive community, especially in an environment that's so competitive. Seeing such a diverse group of extraordinarily intelligent people working together is humbling and everyone I've met so far has genuinely cared for my growth and success.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? The two Catholic Illini Retreats I've been on. My religion is the most important thing to me and those weekend retreats were more than I could put into words!!!

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Be very clear about why you want a degree in STEM. If it's for the right reasons, hold on to it. Write it in bold letters. Remind yourself every single day, because when it gets hard, that would keep you afloat. Change is good, failure is normal (as long as you learn from it) and it's ok not to have a plan or know all the answers. I have faith in you

What do you plan on doing after graduation? I'm not completely sure. I want to work with cars or planes or in Europe!!!