Sister Spotlights

July 16, 2017

Jackie Nickerson, A Junior in Chemical Engineering from the Beta Xi Class

“I just finished up my stay in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon attending A.O.E. Convention! I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to represent the Theta chapter this year. I learned so much about our sorority as an organization, and I can’t wait to share all of this information I have acquired. I am so eager to see how our organization is going to change over the next year, and I hope you are too! I had a great time with Jackie O, and it was always funny introducing ourselves because everyone would go, “Wait, you’re both Jackie?!” We got to meet people from all over the US and Canada, and it was crazy to hear how different so many of their chapters are from ours. Jackie and I are definitely coming back with lots of new ideas. We got to meet and chat with Amy Devine, Theta chapter founding member and current IEB President! We didn’t spend all of our time working on A.O.E. business though, as we got to spend some time in downtown Portland exploring huge bookstores and eating amazing food! I was lucky enough to take a tour of the Nike Campus and shop in their Company Store, which was incredible! I would encourage everyone to consider going to convention in the future, even if you are an alum. It will be in Indianapolis next year, which is very close to UIUC! I hope you all have a great rest of your summer and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my convention experience this year.”

July 7, 2017

Elena Kamis, A Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering from the Beta Omicron Class

“I am a sophomore in aerospace engineering who is working for GE Aviation for the summer. I am located at the Peebles Test Operation Facility in Peebles, Ohio as a Quality Engineering Intern for the summer of 2017. The projects I have been tasked with include reorganization of repair station setups, 5S improvements, redoing websites, creating on-boarding manuals for new employees, and fixing faults in engine lowering systems. On a daily basis I get to interact with the mechanics and repairmen building individual engines, watch preparations for testing, and occasionally view an engine test from beginning to end. I work directly with our customer Boeing to create new improved systems to prevent error during the preparation to ship process. I love hearing the sound of multiple engines running at once and get the privilege of seeing GE 9X, the largest engine on the market, being tested on site.”

June 30, 2017

Stephanie Broden, A Junior in Mechanical Engineering from the Beta Mu Class

“So I’m spending my summer at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Pohang, South Korea! I’ve been here for about 2 weeks, and everything has been amazing so far. Also, I plan on being here not only for the summer, but for the fall semester as well, so I’ll finally be coming back to UIUC next spring.
So for the summer, I’m taking part in a program they have at POSTECH called the Campus English Program. Basically my job is to lead a group of Korean students in English-speaking only activities to help them improve their English. It’s also a cultural exchange, so I’ve had a lot of fun learning about native Korean culture through the activities and field trips that we’ve gone on throughout the program :D. We’ve gone to visit historical sites, museums, and beaches while they’ve also shown me traditional Korean food. Perhaps the most interesting food I’ve tried was 물회 (spicy raw fish soup).
Another aspect of the summer program is an undergraduate research component. I’m currently working in a mechanical engineering research lab that focuses on nanostructures and nanofabrication techniques. While I’m not well versed in the subject, I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about it, and it’s super interesting. I have also learned to use the various machines that the lab uses frequently, such as the Electron Beam Evaporator that they use to deposit different materials onto samples. The main project that I’m working on is a color filter project, with uses nanostructures to separate white light into different wavelengths, producing a colored holographic image.
Overall, the summer program here has been very fun and exciting! I was able to meet up with Yein  who was able to show me around. I look forward to seeing everyone when I come back!”

Here is also an archive of posts from the new initiative started by the Executive Board to recognize all the wonderful work that our ladies do over the summer!

August 17th, 2015

ALICIA QIU,  A Senior in Aerospace Engineering from the Beta Eta Class

HSince January, I have been interning as a Powerplant Engineering Intern at United Airlines in San Francisco, California. At the maintenance base, United Airlines overhauls Pratt & Whitney’s PW2000 and PW4000 engines and Boeing’s 737, 757 and 777 nose and main landing gears. Throughout the overhaul process, I generate repairs and produce supporting paperwork for out of service landing gear parts. Once parts are repaired by machinists and mechanics, the landing gear is built up and flying passengers again! As a huge aviation geek, it’s extremely rewarding going to work every single day and seeing airplanes take off and land while learning about landing gear processes I would never learn in school.

Along with my internship come the flight benefits. I have had the opportunity to travel all around the world to see famous landmarks, eat delicious food and experience different cultures. This past year, I have been to Tokyo, Seoul, Amsterdam, Rome, Stockholm and Dubai-just to name a few 🙂 It has also given me the chance to go back to Champaign to visit sisters. My internship with United Airlines doesn’t end until the end of the year, so I’m excited to see where my travels take me next! As Susan Sontag says, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

"The more that you read, the more things you 
will know. The more that you learn, the more  
 places you'll go." -Dr. Deuss

August 10th, 2015

KELLY COLE,  A Senior in Computer Engineering from the Beta Theta Class

Hey guys! I’m in Champaign for the summer for an internship at Amdocs, a telecommunication company near (but not in) Research Park where I’ve been working on a web/mobile application. In addition I’m working part-time in the IDEALL lab at the College of Education experimenting with new technologies that enhance education in the classroom.

In my spare time I frequent the ARC/CRCE and am trying to explore more of the downtown areas to experience all Champaign-Urbana has to offer before I graduate next Spring (*tear tear*). I usually go up to Chicago every other week to relax at home.

P.S. As your Technology Chair I’ve also been working on my Web Dev Workshop Series for A.O.E. (you can expect an email with more information soon)! Get excited!

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
 - Friedrich Nietzsche

August 3rd, 2015

VICTORIA OKONTA,  A Junior in Nuclear Engineering from the Beta Kappa Class

I am working as a Reactors Engineering Co-op, first rotation student at Southern Nuclear Operating Company. As a co-op, I am working with qualified engineers on various projects. The most fascinating project I’ve been working on is receiving new nuclear fuel at the power plant. I have been able to inspect nuclear fuel in preparation for the company’s fall outage. I have also been able to gain more practical knowledge and a better understanding of the different classes I have been taking at school. I have learned a lot, and it’s been a pretty exciting summer. I look forward in participating in the outage next year.

In addition, I was able to travel to few other places like New York, Florida, Atlanta and Washington D.C. for vacation and to spend time with family.

The picture shown is a picture of me inspecting New Nuclear Fuel. 🙂

'Never give up on your goals; faith and work are the 
 roots to success, with both all things are possible'

July 27, 2015

MELISSA ADAMS,  A Senior in General Engineering from the Beta Epsilon Class

This summer, I am working as a process improvement intern at Innophos, a manufacturer of specialty food grade phosphate products. I am analyzing the quality testing method, as well as the production process, of a particular phosphate we produce. I’m learning more than I thought I would about baking since this phosphate is used as a leavening agent in many cake and donut mixes (yum!). Also, I am gaining experience in measuring variation and data analysis.

After making the hour commute home at the end of the work day, I spend a lot of time playing with my sister’s new dog, Daisy (who I am dog sitting for the summer), going to the gym, and spending time with family and friends.

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again.
 Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett"

July 20, 2015

NAMAH VYAKARNAM,  A Junior in Psychology from the Beta Theta Class

TI have a few things going on this summer: I work part time at the University of Illinois Foundation, where we fund-raise for various parts of the U of I. I’m also involved with a research team that looks for ways to make engineering education more effective; it’s actually been a great way for me to combine my technical background with my Psychology major, so I’ve really been enjoying working on it! Furthermore, I’m a participant in a paid lab study called Insight, which uses various intervention methods to improve judgment and reasoning. Lastly, I’m also taking two online classes.

In my free time, I watch a lot of Netflix and plan for my upcoming position as MED. It’s been quite a busy summer, but since I live with my best friend, it’s been a blast as well!

"My favorite tip for success: When you’re studying for an exam, it’s  
 important to learn the material by yourself when it’s brand new. But 
 when you’re familiar with it, make sure to review it with your peers!"

July 13, 2015

RENEE NATHANIEL,  A Senior in Chemical Engineering from the Beta Delta Class

This summer I am working for Archer Daniels Midland in Peoria, Illinois. The Archer Daniels Midland location I am at is a corn processing plant which makes corn into fuel, food, and beverage. My projects are in the Degerm department, the section of the plant that removes and dries the germ from the rest of the whole kernel corn. I am justifying payback for the replacement of equipment for a couple of drying unit operations. I learn about the chemical engineering industry and gain technical work experience. There are 7 other summer interns and a good number of engineers at the plant that I like to spend time with in and outside of work.

I see friends from school in Champaign or go home to see my family on the weekends. Katie Badskey and I are social chairs for next fall, and we are doing a lot of planning to make this upcoming semester a blast!

"Nothing works unless you do." -- Maya Angelou

July 6, 2015

SHARADYN CIOTA, A Junior in Political Science from the Beta Kappa Class

This summer I am staying on campus and working. I work at Carle Foundation Hospital in Radiology. Working alongside the departmental administration team, I help work on Production Quality Improvement projects. In addition to working on projects, I also meet with representatives from the new engineering based medical school along with the lead radiology physician to prepare a course for the new school.

In my free time, I’ve been getting ready for the Fall semester and my position as Publicity Chair! I’ve been working on getting the tumblr ready to be filled for recruitment. I’m also working on posters and mailboxes for the start of the semester. I really want to streamline the accounts so it’s easier for future publicity chairs to access everything. I’ve also been camping a few times this summer and even got to go jet skiing for the first time.

“Favorite Fun Fact: A baby giraffe grows 1/2 an 
inch every hour until it’s fully grown."

June 29, 2015

MEGAN VASEY, Senior in Mechanical Engineering from the Beta Eta Class

This summer I am working for Chamberlain in Elmhurst, Illinois. Chamberlain is a company that designs and manufactures perimeter access systems like garage door openers, swing gate operators, and access control panels for apartment complexes. My manager has given me engaging projects where I have to use what I’ve learned in class. I’m doing calculations for real-life systems, and I get to play around with software that won’t even be introduced until next year! Even better, all of the employees are really helpful and friendly.

Aside from work, I also like to have some fun. I have two trips planned this summer. I will be going to St. Louis in Juneand to Key West, FL in the middle of August. And of course, I’m spending lot’s of time with friends. Speaking of which, I’m getting excited for the school year because Allison Densler and I are starting to plan this semester’s sisterhood events!

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” -- Aristotle