Jessica Cook





Class of 2019

Hometown: Chatham, IL.

Research/Work Experience: I am a Research Assistant at the Smith Lab of Nanotechnology.

Other campus activities: I'm also involved with the Society of Women Engineers (mainly in Community Service) and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

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? The opportunities to directly apply what I am learning in classes, whether that be in my lab, an EA presentation, or in an EOH project.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? Since I'm not pre-med, Biomedical Engineering didn't appeal to me as much as Bioengineering. It's more interdisciplinary, I can take it any direction I want while taking advantage of all the great departments at Illinois.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? So many. Meeting Dean Brunet and Dr. Amos was a highlight.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? You know your classes aren't going to be easy, but take the time to relax and hang out with friends. A homework grade isn't worth missing out on the rest of college. On the flip side, know when to prioritize studying. The day before a big test is probably not the best day to agree to a bunch of commitments.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? I'm split. Can't decide between grad school and industry. But I have time to figure it out.