Women have a long history of being underrepresented in the engineering field. There are many possible reasons, but one is a lack of role models. Illinois Ph.D student Sakshi Srivastava proposed to bring a statue to the University of Illinois campus to serve as a permanent figure for women of any generation to look up to. The statue, The Quintessential Engineer, now stands on Illinois' Engineering Quad as a sign of hope and inspiration for all.
The 2016 winners of the ECE ILLINOIS Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award, and Marcia Peterman ECE Award talk about what it means to be an engineer and give the class of 2016 advice. This video includes John Thode (BSEE '79), Chairman of Thode Residential Properties; Nancy Warter-Perez (MSEE '89, PhD '93), Professor of ECE at California State University Los Angeles; Gregg Zehr (MSEE '76, MSEE '77), President of Amazon Lab126; Mark Bohr (MSEE '78), Intel Senior Fellow; Thyaga Nandagopal (MSEE '00, PhD '02), Program Director at the National Science Foundation; and . Advice to Graduates from Distinguished Alumni Advice (2016 Edition) Know an outstanding ECE alumnus? Nominate them at http://www.ece.illinois.edu/alumni/awards/.