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Women in Engineering: Make It Happen

As a woman in engineering, challenges lie ahead. But UIC knows that you have what it takes to make it happen! We’ve created a special event for female-identified students that is designed to help you target and work through any obstacles you might encounter in your future classes and career.


MIH 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us by participating in Make It Happen 2022! This virtual event will be on March 8th, and in five short hours, you will make connections with engineers and executives from Knowles Corporation and other firms, learn new strategies for success, and develop a clear vision of where your UIC degree can take you.

We are grateful for the support of Knowles, which also sponsors scholarships for female UIC Engineering students and the Women in Engineering Summer Program. The company is a longstanding advocate of women in engineering.


All STEM students are encouraged to attend! We have mapped out an agenda that will give you the outlook and skills you need to make it happen in your classwork, your future job, and life in general.

Graduate students are also welcome to attend!

Session Details

Join us for a  2-session (morning and afternoon) interactive virtual workshop dedicated to helping engineering students navigate obstacles in academia, personal and professional life. Hear insight from a panel of women trailblazers who will  share a view into the skills, mentorships and mindsets needed to overcome self-doubt and succeed as an engineer!

Below is our agenda:

Topic Speaker Time
Opening Remarks Ray Cabrera, SVP, HR, Chief Administrative Officer at Knowles 10:30am
Keynote Speaker : "My Journey as a Woman Engineer" Jane Li, Director, Knowles Board 10:35am-11:00am
Keynote Speaker J’Tia Hart, Chief Science Officer for National and Homeland Security at Idaho National Laboratory 11:00am-11:30am
Keynote: "Silencing Self-doubt: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome" Amy Armstrong, VP at Discover Financial Services 11:30am-12:00pm
Break 12:00pm-12:45pm
Keynote: "Becoming an Active Bystander" Erika Marin-Spiotta, Professor of Geography at University of Wisconsin Madison 12:45pm-1:30pm
Keynote: "The Big Quit: Navigating Opportunity in a Post-Covid World" Cheryl Shavers, Director, Knowles Board 1:30pm-2:00pm
Women In Industry at Knowles Knowles Panel of Women Engineers- Cristina Downey, Application Engineer Ivy Del Valle Figueroa, Technical Program Manager Dorsa Fahimi, Sr. MEMS Process Engineer Shruthi Narayanreddy, Technical Program Manager 2:00pm-2:30pm
Q&A with Knowles 2:30pm-2:45pm

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