Katie Mummah





Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Class of 2017

Hometown: Wheaton, IL.

Research/Work Experience:
Summer 2016 Idaho National Lab, Fuels Modeling & Simulation Intern
Summer 2015 Oyster Creek Generating Station, Reactor Engineering Intern
Summer 2014 Exelon Generation Cantera Office, Spent Fuel & Decommissioning Intern

Other campus activities: I'm also heavily involved in American Nuclear Society and Women in Nuclear.

Why did you join EA? I joined EA because I love sharing my passion with others. I want every child to know that they can become a scientist or engineer if they want. While that sounds like such a simple thing, many students (especially from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or underrepresented minorities) never realize this. I just want to make sure every child with a passion for science and engineering knows there is a home for them in the STEM field of their choosing. STEM fields are growing at a faster rate than colleges are graduating students. We need to encourage everyone we can to pursue STEM.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I love solving problems. Nuclear reactors are very complex and expensive, and it's fascinating to study their various aspects. I love using computational models and getting results that match experiments taken in actual nuclear reactors.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? That in-state tuition...

What has been your best experience at Illinois? Getting the chance to interact with so many wonderful people. My experiences with faculty, staff, and students around the college have been overwhelmingly positive.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Work hard and most importantly, never give up. There will be times that you think you're not good enough, or the work is not worth it. You have to be ready for those feelings, and be able to ignore them. You ARE good enough, and STEM IS worth it.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? Five more years of school! Yay PhD life...