Jackie Chen





Class of 2018

Hometown: St. Louis, MO.

Other campus activities: Outside of EA, I'm involved with Engineering Outreach Society, National Organization for Business and Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Research/Work Experience: I have researched/worked in Jump Simulation, the Kesavadas Lab, and done a POSTECH Study Abroad.

Why did you join EA? I thought EA's mission to inspire students in K-12 to pursue STEM aligned well with my interests in giving students exposure to engineering. Also, I felt that as an engineering student, I did not have the strong technical communication skills so EA gave me the opportunity to develop these skills and practice them

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I think it is really rewarding to see how the knowledge we learn in class is applied to the real world and then be able to apply the knowledge to solve problems. While being engineering student can be difficult and busy at times, I have gained many valuable soft skills through managing the workload.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? UIUC has a very collaborative community that I saw myself fitting in. I wanted an environment where I am able to work with my peers towards a common mission and UIUC has that.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? My best experience at Illinois wasn't even technically at Illinois - it was my study abroad in Pohang, South Korea.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? You don't have to be 100% sure about the STEM field you want to pursue. You can always switch or your work might guide you to a completely different field. Just be sure to be passionate about problem solving and curious about how things work.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan on either getting a Master's or go into industry to do work that will have impact on the health industry.