Undergraduate Student Profiles

Jay Avitia


Civil Engineering, BS ’21 | Durango, Mexico

Favorite course: So far, I’d say ME 212 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics.

Favorite thing about the department you’re majoring in: Professors who care about your learning experience like Joe Schulenberg and Michael McNallan.

Student organizations you’ve joined: American Society of Civil Engineers.

Place you’re most likely to be found on campus: Any place that allows silent study, like the reading area at the library or a few of the lounges in the SELE building, as this is the way I can focus on what I’m doing.

Would you recommend the College of Engineering to new applicants? Absolutely, because there is no need to go out of state in the search of knowledge when you can obtain it locally, in the heart of the city, from a school that cares about its students.

Stephanie Padilla


Civil Engineering, BS ’21 | Chicago, IL

Name one thing you think UIC does better than anywhere else: Being a research university allows for students to be actively involved in their respective fields through undergraduate research. Such experience allows for great insight.

Favorite course: CME 203, Strength of Materials.

Student organizations you’ve joined: I’m the secretary and a SHPE junior representative for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

What makes this student organization valuable to you? SHPE has provided me with many opportunities for growth as well as academic and professional guidance. Most importantly, I have met many hardworking and aspiring individuals whom I now call my SHPE familia.

Meia Coutre


Civil Engineering, BS ’22 | Chicago, IL

Why did you choose UIC? I knew the engineering program is a good program, and it is also the most affordable.

Engineering project/assignment you did that you’re most proud of: In my Engineering 100 class we 3D-printed buildings from around downtown Chicago.

Most challenging engineering project/assignment you’ve conquered so far: Figuring out how to use solidworks.

Coolest department at UIC outside of your major: New Media Arts.

Kyle Berry


Civil Engineering, BS ’21 | Carol Stream, IL

Why did you choose UIC? I chose the College of Engineering because of its location near the city and access to engineering firms.

Name one thing you think UIC does better than anywhere else: Professors always have their doors open and are always willing to help students better understand material. The MakerSpace is an engaging and state-of-the-art space for students that I have not found at any other university.

Internships you’ve held: Engineering Intern at CEMCON, Ltd.

Favorite place in Chicago: Wrigley Field. Go Cubs!

Mikaela Brown


Civil Engineering, BS ’20 | Lansing, IL

Why did you choose UIC? The College of Engineering is a good engineering school for a reasonable price.

Name one thing you think UIC does better than anywhere else? I think UIC gives students a better value than any other university.

Favorite course: ME 250, Intro to Engineering Design and Graphics.

Favorite thing about the department you’re majoring in: The department has given me a great support system.

Dream job: I hope to become an environmental engineer.


Jaz Wilson


Civil Engineering, BS ’20 | Bloomingdale, IL

Student organizations you’ve joined: Society of Women Engineers.

What is the most valuable student organization you’ve joined, and why? Society of Women Engineers. As an female undergraduate student studying engineering, I’ve found that I’ve really benefited from the support of women to help gain perspective about the STEM field.

Dream job: A city planner or chief technology officer.

Place you’re most likely to be found on campus: The library resource room at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library because it gives a sense of more structure for studying. As long as there are no classes, it’s easy to find a computer and focus.