Jack Reily





Engineering Physics
Class of 2019

Hometown: Mundelein, IL.

Other campus activities: Besides being involved with EA, I am a member of the Acacia Fraternity on campus. Within it, I am an Assistant Scholarship Chair.

Research/Work Experience: I have not had any work experience yet, but I am applying for internships for this upcoming summer.

Why did you join EA? I joined EA not only because I am passionate about engineering, but also because I am passionate about learning. I believe education is the key to a changing world, and the only thing needed to make a difference is a little inspiration.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? My favorite part about being an engineering student is learning about how beautiful the world really is. It's extremely complicated, but engineers do their best to learn how it works. Some classes here have completely changed my perception of the world in a positive way.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? I knew I wanted to go to school for engineering, and when I came to visit Illinois I was completely won over. Illinois' fantastic engineering program can open endless doors for me to move forward in my life. Other schools just cannot compete. Also, the physics program here is exceptional, and I could see myself living on campus. It really felt like home.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? My advice to someone interested in a STEM degree is to stay curious. Since I am majoring in physics I only feel it right to quote my favorite physicist, Richard Feynman, "If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language she speaks in." To me, having a STEM degree means understanding the language of the world.