Brian Abarbanel





Mechanical Engineering
Class of 2016

Hometown: Oak Park, IL.

Other campus activities: I am an undergraduate researcher in the Tissue Biomechanics Lab on campus. I am also on the club tennis team.

Research/Work Experience: Intelliwheels, Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory, UIC Orthopaedics Research, Bump, Electro-Motive Diesel

Why did you join EA? I didn't know any engineers growing up. I didn't even know what an engineer was. If someone had come up to me and explained all of the cool and important things that engineers do when I was younger, I would have sought out engineering projects much earlier. I joined EA because I want to be that person to open the exciting world of engineering to elementary, middle, and high school students.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I love designing and making things. As an engineering student I have had the opportunity to make a guitar hero themed toy, build a mechanical battery, and even make an electric racecar.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? For the great engineering program and all of the cool clubs I could join on campus.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Get involved! Go out and join an RSO or do some research and do something that you love!