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Mentorship Program Planning Underway

Are you looking for a way to participate in some activities within the UIC College of Engineering but are unable to come to campus? A new program currently being developed by the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) and the College of Engineering—a mentoring program for junior and senior-level students—may be just what you’re seeking.

The program will match a student and an alumni mentor one-on-one to assist the student preparing for the transition to employment. Meeting in person is not necessary since the discussions can occur using tools such as FaceTime, Skype, a WebEx conference, or just by phone. Of course, meeting in person is not precluded!

The program is expected to begin sometime in 2017, so look for a notice soliciting alumni mentor volunteers. If you want more information about the mentoring program, contact Rick Schmidt, EAA Secretary, at or Rose Coppola-Conroy, Director of the Engineering Career Center, at

Tech Talk Fuels Entrepreneurial Flame
L to R: Brandon Hamilton, PhD (BS ’79); Christopher Burke, PhD; Trey Brady

More than 70 students and alumni packed the room for the UIC Engineering Alumni Association's Tech Talk, The Entrepreneurial Engineer, on February 23 during National Engineers Week. Engineering alumnus Brandon Hamilton, PhD (BS ’79) facilitated conversations and a question-and-answer session between the audience and a group of self-employed engineers and role models about the opportunities and challenges of starting a business.

Panelists included:

  • Christopher B. Burke, PhD, President & CEO, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd (CBBEL)
  • Michael Bender, PMP, CSM, CEO KSP Partners
  • Trey Brady, Principal, Flava Consulting
  • Bill Hass (BS '69), CEO, Team Leader and Developer, Teamwork Technologies

This was the first in a new series of tech talks in the College of Engineering. Stay tuned for future events.

ChemE Forum

The UIC Department of Chemical Engineering and the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) are hosting a ChemE Forum: Friday April 7, 2017 from 1:00-4:00, with an Alumni Mixer to follow from 4:00-6:00, Chemical Engineering Building, 810 S. Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60607. This event will showcase chemical engineering at UIC and provide the opportunity for out-of-classroom learning. Current students, alumni, industry representatives, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend. Event to include: workshops; simulation training; tours; scavenger hunt; awards ceremony; company information fair; department expo; “Future of Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering” panel discussion; and alumni mixer. AIChE is currently seeking companies interested in participating in the company information fair (2:00-4:00). For more information or to RSVP, please contact: