Nick Cain





Electrical Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Crown Point, Indiana

Research/Work Experience:Space Test Engineering Intern at NASA Glenn Research Center. Software and Product Engineering Intern with John Deere. Undergraduate Research in Micro and Nanotechnology Lab on campus.

Other campus activities: Manager in Star Course (music group on campus), avid long distance bike rider!

Why did you join EA? I am often asked what got me interested in engineering. I immediately think to the role models I had throughout my adolescent years – the people who showed me that being an engineer is more than just being good at math and science. I am beyond grateful to have that experience; it never dawned on me how uncommon it was to have one of these role models until I started seeing graduating high school seniors struggling to determine a major for college. My passion stems from wanting to be that role model for someone else, not to necessarily have them to pursue a degree in engineering or science, but to at least change the conversation on the perception of STEM. With technology exponentially increasing with every passing year, all areas of study will be effected. The earlier we introduce these topics and ideas to our children, the more beneficial it will be both personally to a student entering college as well as the nation as whole. I believe Engineering Ambassadors is on a direct path to helping this problem first hand, and I am beyond honored and proud to be the president of the organization doing exactly that.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student?Being able to remote login to linux servers so I don't have to leave my bed.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? Being from Indiana, I chose Illinois over Purdue due to the resources and opportunities available on this campus. Our brand new ECEB houses great equipment and research staff that I probably would not find elsewhere.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? Being able to go to BIG 10 athletic events!

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Don't let the idea of tough classes scare you, if you're motivated and determined, anything is possible.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? Going into the industry!