George Ray





Aerospace Engineering
Class of 2016

Hometown: Rochester, IL.

Other campus activities: Throughout the course of the year, I am involved in many different extracurriculars. I am an Engineering Campus Tour Guide, Active member of Illini Pride (Spike Squad and Block I) Academic Coach for the Football Team Academic/Content Tutor at Irwin Academic Center (Student-Athlete academic center) Member of AIAA- Aerospace professional RSO (More RSOs to come depending on the next few days/weeks)

Research/Work Experience: Ford/Global Manufacturing Quality Inter - Future Models/ 3 months

Why did you join EA? I wanted to improve my communication and presentation skills, and I enjoy the outreach aspect.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I would say that my favorite thing about be an engineering student is when I am in a lab/creation class and create engineering devices. My favorite course thus far was AE 498- UAV. Where we designed and fabricated a UAV with ~120in wingspan.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? I am from a long lineage of Illini graduates. 13 of my extended family members, including my mom and sister, are alums of the university. I also grew up about 85 miles away and have always been a Fighting Illini Sports fan.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? Participating in an international business plan competition in Bayreuth, Germany with students from 3 international universities.