Simran Patil





Computer Engineering
Class of 2018

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Research/Work Experience:
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
- MOBIUS - Project: Mingle | Prof. Robin Kravets
- Program Bluetooth Low energy wireless tag for proximity detection
- Monitor motion and interaction of bunnies with wearable tags at Chicago-based unit
- Design and develop Printable Circuit Board to make circuit efficient and compact
Root Technologies LLC - WeissLabs, University of Pennsylvania
Root is a smart outlet extension - a home automation and energy monitoring system that allows remote temperature control, climate regulation and energy monitoring. It learns with time to smartly adopt to your schedules. Root Technologies LLC was founded under WeissLabs, University of Pennsylvania and the I-Corps Summer Accelerator.
- Programmed the ESP8266 Microcontroller to have LED Feedback and Hardware reset for easier user functionality
- Automated the process of WiFi connectivity on firmware end contributing to server-microcontroller communication setup (C++ and Arduino IDE)
- Researched circuit implementation, smaller components and SMDs enabling scalability and efficiency of product
- Designed PCB Schematics using Eagle Software for an optimized energy and space efficient design
- Developed the beta iteration of company website in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery
- Product Management tasks and Gantt Chart organization

Other campus activities:
Technology and Entrepreneurship Center's Innovation Certificate Program
Working on projects with Industrial Designers, learning design and marketing concepts and their amalgamation in the Engineering domain
NavTalent - Campus Ambassador
- NavTalent is a startup that helps highly talented engineers and startups navigate the technical recruiting ecosystem.
Founder's Illinois Entrepreneurs
Involvement and leadership at - a 54 hour startup accelerator event.

Why did you join EA? The idea of changing the conventional conversation surrounding engineering resonated with me greatly. I believe that Engineers indeed do amazing things for the benefit of the society and we do need more contributors to the future of the human race. EA provided the perfect platform to reach out to young kids and tell them about the numerous applications of engineering and what makes learning these concepts so much fun.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? Developing the ability to creatively solve other people's problems and issues of concern is a very rewarding process. Engineering challenges us at multiple levels and I love how these skills can translate into an innovative solution in numerous solutions. There's always something fun to learn and everyday is a new opportunity to get more involved in the community, make new friends, empathize and come up with vibrant new ideas.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? The opportunities at the University, the growing and reputed engineering program and the options to learn about a variety of other fields to have an added dimension to the learning curve, all appealed to me greatly. The community at the university is dynamic and caring and I could very instantly get attached to the school as the culture resonated with me greatly. This place is indeed my home away from home.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? I love how even the toughest of assignments and the all-nighters that followed have actually added to some of the most rewarding memories here on campus. The work that we do in any form is extremely fun and being an EA has been an icing on the cake. i can't select a single experience that stands out but everything as a whole seems perfect here at Illinois. The ups and downs have lessons to teach and I love how everyday has something new to learn from.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? STEM concepts provide you with the skills to put on your thinking caps and come up with the most creative ideas and actually put them into action. Learning these skills mold your mind to think analytically. Additionally the strong community of STEM majors will help you make friends for a life time and will ensure a holistic development in you as a person. Everything that seemed to be once limited to movies and Sci-Fiction books can actually be made into a reality now through fun skills and useful ventures.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? I plan to pursue M.S. in Computer Engineering and an MBA sometime after graduation. I am interested in industrial roles wherein I can contribute to a position that is a perfect mix of Software, Hardware, Design and Management Concepts. I also see myself publishing a book someday as I love to write. I shall keep up with my travel plans as well.