GradSWEekly [Week of September 19, 2016]

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ENVISION Outreach Event
Thursday, September 22nd | 3-4:30PM | Champaign Public Library
ENVISION's first event of the fall will be an Engineering Design Day with students from Edison Middle School. The students will rotate through 3 hands on activities, where they will be able to design and build paper columns, ball runs, and catapults. Interested in volunteering? Fill out this form to sign up.
Want to learn more about ENVISION? Visit our website.
Contact: Ashley Armstrong (

GradSWE Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 22nd | 5PM | 143 MEB
Getting involved with GradSWE is a great way to meet outstanding women in engineering, connect with faculty, and add valuable leadership experience to your resume. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Ceci Klauber (

Book Club Meeting
Friday, September 23rd | 5PM | Espresso Royale at Goodwin & Oregon
We'll be reading "The God of Small Things" by Arundathi Rao -- aim to finish Chapter 7 for the meeting! If you can't make it this time, you can still start reading the book and come to the final meeting.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Saturday, September 24th | 9AM-4PM | TBD
iHelp is the signature campus-wide day of service in the fall, bringing together students, their surrounding community, and university alumni in an organized effort to create a culture of giving at the University of Illinois. Each year, over a thousand students come together to assist dozens of agencies across the Champaign-Urbana area in a display of gratitude to the community we call home. If you are interested in joining SWE's iHelp group, please fill out the iHelp registration form and the SWE iHelp Roster Sign-up. Use your Illinois account to open the roster sign-up.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Paint Night
Tuesday, September 27th | 7PM-9PM | The Art Party Studio in Lincoln Square Mall 
A time and date has been chosen! Price is $35 (or $31.50 if you buy with someone else). Register on their website. Also, fill out this form to organize transportation. 
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 28th | 8PM | Blind Pig
Come celebrate your weekly Mug Night with a bunch of other lady engineers! We're still holding on to outdoor seating while the weather holds, so let's go to the Blind Pig Brewery (formerly known as Small Pig) and discuss how the first month of school is going.
Contact: Michelle Victora (

Learning Lunch
Friday, September 30th | 12PM-1PM | 143 MEB
Are you interested in how people learn physics and gain expertise in a subject? Do you want to learn how to best communicate your research in a way that other people can learn from you?  Join us for a presentation by Professor Jose Mestre, a professor of both physics and psychology. This will be a brown bag (bring your own) lunch with light sides provided. Please sign up via this form if you plan on attending.
Contact: Malia Kawamura (

weSTEM 2017 Conference
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 | Illini Union
Registration to attend weSTEM 2017 is now open!
Join GradSWE at Illinois on  Saturday, January 28th for our flagship initiative - the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference. During this annual event, STEM leaders will share expeience and insight from their diverse career paths following a graduate degree. Conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these accomplished speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience.  
Learn more and register at! Space is limited, so register early to secure your spot!
Contact: Lana Stekovic (

External Announcements

Living Positive Kenya
Living Positive Kenya is a small non-profit organization devoted to the care and rehabilitation of HIV+ women in Kenya. Professor Brian Lilly from the Illinois TEC has worked closely with this organization over the past several years with the primary goal of providing economic opportunities for women in the program. One of his initiatives has been the establishment of a tilapia fish farm which generates both high value nutrition for the women and cash sales of the excess fish. Prof Lilly is looking for a student to help optimize the design of the bio-filters in the fish tanks, transition to a solar-powered filtration system, and maximize profits for the women. Similar experience or knowledge of CE 330 course material is desirable, but not required. If you would be interested in helping with the filter design please contact Prof Lilly. For a quick look at the work, visit
Contact: Professor Brian Lilly (