Michael Muehlhauser





Industrial Engineering
Class of 2016

Hometown: Darien, IL.

Research/Work Experience: I have interned at Exelon, ComEd, and HBK each for a summer, and have spent 6 months in a GE Appliances - Suppy Chain Co-op and been an intern in the Chamberlain Group - Test Automation.

Other campus activities: I am also involved with the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, participate in intramural sports, and am old.

Why did you join EA? My Grandpa and Grandma were both teachers. I think this is where my passion for teaching came from. For me, EA was the perfect outlet for me to further improve my communication skills and a unique way to gave back to the community. Teaching kids about my passion of Engineering and STEM is extremely rewarding.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? Engineering is such a flexible and dynamic field. I am constantly learning new things. It is the perfect field for people who want to problem solve in any industry.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? I can remember the distinct moment I choose U of I over my other choices. During my senior year of high school I visited a plethora of schools and at each one I went to an Engineering School Presentation. Every single presentation was a sales pitch on why I should choose their engineering school over another. University of Illinois' Engineering Presentation was an outlier. They didn't compare their program to other schools; they were confident in what they had to offer. That confidence resonated with me and I definitely have not regretted my decision.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? It's been an awesome experience and it's hard to pinpoint just one. I would say meeting unique people through various outlets are what has been the best part of this whole experience.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Don't give up! STEM and Engineering degrees are hard to get, but if you have a passion for problem solving then I would highly encourage you to pursue them.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? As of right now I am looking to get a job in the Consulting or Technical Sales.