Letter From The Incoming President
| ||(Left to right): Outgoing EAA President, Bill Hawes (BS ’68, MS ’69) with incoming EAA President, Jerry Meyerhoff (BS ’70)|
Hello fellow UIC Engineering alumni:
I deeply appreciate the confidence of our Engineering Alumni Association (EAA)Board in placing me in the presidency. I am also very pleased to have a strong collaborative Board of EAA officers and members at large and supportive College of Engineering staff to work with over the next two years. I want to thank all former Board members for their service, particularly Bill Hawes for recently stepping up to fill the president position mid-term and continuing as treasurer.
By way of introduction, I am a BS InfE 1970, that's Electrical Engineering / ECE in today's parlance. I immediately joined Motorola working through 2009. In 1972, a handful of recent UIC Engineering graduates started the EAA. We developed a bi-annual Tech Talk program as well as many social and service-oriented activities. I was fortunate to have organized a number of the Tech Talks with strong support from the College of Engineering liaison staff. As UIC approached its 50th anniversary, back in 2015, our organization began pursuing ways to “Reignite Our Flame,” borrowing a phrase from UIC traditions.
We are building the EAA general membership by providing valuable and fun experiences. For example, the Tech Talks program was reignited with the “Campus Greening” event and more recently, the “Entrepreneurial Engineer” panel discussion. Both were well attended with positive reviews. We look forward to future Tech Talks under the leadership of VP of Activities, Brandon Hamilton PhD, with reach-out help from VP of Membership Susan Errichiello.
We recognize that engaging undergraduates encourages them to become active alumni. David Klawitter (BS '15) previously developed the Ambassadors program as leader of our Student Engagement initiative, which is continuing with new appointments. Additionally, past Secretary Rick Schmidt (BS '83, MS '91) collaborated with the Engineering Career Center to develop the Engineering Mentoring program. The alumni will coach a student one-on-one about work and professional life-skills. We also encourage alumni to volunteer as judges at Senior Design EXPO in its 29th year next April. Engineering alumni volunteer for career presentations to Engineering 100 classes. The EAA supports Industry Day with the Engineering Career Center to provide industrial perspectives to students. A new annual event will recognize high achieving UIC Engineering alumni for their contributions in their work and to society at the Alumni Awards Dinner in Fall 2017.
The EAA has a rich ongoing history and a broad menu of activities and events focused on the UIC Engineering alumni perspective. The diverse group offers opportunities for learning, networking, socializing, and providing service. I am personally inviting you to come out to an event and enjoy networking with your fellow engineering alumni.
If you are so moved, join our planning discussions at the EAA bi-monthly meetings. Contact me at email@example.com to continue the conversation. I am looking forward to serving and thank you.
Jerry Meyerhoff (BS '70)
Annual Alumni Awards Dinner Save The Date
EAA/College of Engineering Alumni Award Dinner November 15, 2017 at Student Center East, UIC
The College of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Association are reinstating a formal alumni awards program with a dinner on November 15, 2017. Please save the date. There will be three categories of awards: the Achievement Award (one per Department), the Distinguished Service Award (one for the College), and the Outstanding Young Engineer Award (one for the College). Both the College and the EAA would like to invite everyone to celebrate UIC engineers with us. Please stay tuned for more details to follow by mail and email.
Alumni Support EXPO, Mentorship Program
EAA has several ways for alumni to support the College and give back to our students. On April 21st, UIC’s College of Engineering held its annual Senior Design EXPO. More than 400 students presented projects and over 90 alumni judges participated. As the College continues to grow, alumni support contributes to the success of events like this one and new initiatives such as the mentoring program set to launch this fall. The College’s Engineering Career Center is formally launching its mentoring program to all engineering students in October 2017. For questions on this program please contact Rose Coppola-Conroy, Director of the Engineering Career Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Update From The College of Engineering
The College held its spring advisory board meeting on April 26. Highlights from the event include Dean Pete Nelson's update on the College’s growing enrollment and announcement of the expansion of the Guaranteed Paid Internship Program to include transfer students beginning in August 2017. Chancellor Michael Amiridis also shared an update on the state of the university, and Neal McCrillis, Vice Provost for International Affairs, facilitated a discussion about immigration issues affecting UIC students. The meeting also featured a presentation from two students of UIC’s chapter of Engineering World Health who designed and built a laminar flow hood for a pediatric hospital in Vietnam. Before an executive session and reception, advisory board members viewed a Mini-EXPO of the 24 top projects from the College’s Senior Design EXPO.
Student Engagement With EAA
The EAA’s Ambassador Program has been a cornerstone for bridging the gap between alumni and students. This past academic year, the EAA’s Student Engagement Committee (SEC) kicked off its pilot run of the Student Ambassador Program. Four UIC Engineering students were selected to serve as student ambassadors for the 2016-2017 academic year. These students were brought on as leaders, advisors, and assistants for planning and executing on-campus events with the EAA Board. They provided strategies for connecting with students, promoted the previous Tech Talk on entrepreneurship, and helped host the EAA’s table at this year’s graduation event. Their insights and support were instrumental to many of this year's successes. Wrapping up this year, one ambassador has chosen to take on a role as a Board Member at Large, and the other three ambassadors will remain in the program and help bring the newly selected 2017-2018 ambassadors on board.
The ambassadors for the 2017-2018 academic year were selected in late April. Rodrigo Garrido (IE, Dec 2018), Amal Hassoun (ChE, May 2018), Toni Lopez (CE, May 2019), and Mitva Patel (BioE, May 2018) have joined the team to serve as ambassadors for the upcoming academic year. They hope to work with the returning ambassadors to build on successes, help recruit students to participate in the EAA’s Mentor Program, and provide new ideas to energize the EAA. The new and returning ambassadors can be found at upcoming events wearing their custom EAA Ambassador polos and handing out their own personalized business cards. We hope all our alumni get a chance to meet these wonderful students.
Questions about the Ambassador Program of the Student Engagement Committee can be directed to email@example.com.
This year the EAA is planning a series of Tech Talks that will touch on subjects such as preparing yourself for long-term success and navigating the international job market. These are just a couple topics that the EAA will try to discuss. The panelist and dates will be announced later this summer. Watch for the next Tech Talk scheduled for September 2017 on LinkedIn and/or Facebook.
Do you want to share or be involved? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.