2016-2017 Subcommittees

EGSAC Subcommittees for 2016-2017

Interdisciplinary Engagement

Statement of Purpose:  Create, organize, and promote activities with foster discussion and camaraderie amongst students of various departments, both in order to encourage broader intellectual discussions and to diversify and expand student social circles.

Committee Chair:  James Schmidt

Advocates for Underrepresented Minorities

Statement of Purpose:  Facilitate the integration of Diversity Advocates in different departments to ensure that uniform standards of inclusivity are met and best academic practices are performed.  Work directly with Diversity Advocates to acknowledge and find solutions for diversity related issues within engineering at Illinois.

Committee Chair:  Brandon Byers

International Student Affairs

Statement of Purpose:  Learn about unique challenges facing international students and propose solutions to address such challenges or concerns.  Strive to foster intercultural relations, that is, close the cultural segregation gap.

Committee Chair:  Erin Molloy

Quality of Life and Wellness

Statement of Purpose:  Promote and organize resources to build our community and improve the quality of life of engineering graduate students.  Assess the impact of day-to-day environments on the mental health of graduate students in the College of Engineering.

Committee Chair:  Kanuo Chen


Statement of Purpose:  Assist undergraduates and incoming Master’s and Doctoral students with their transition from a coursework based degree to a seemingly unstructured research-oriented program.  Incorporate special events targeted towards graduate students graduate students to help them thrive in graduate school and understand the different avenues available during their graduate career.  Establish a blog to connect undergraduates in the College of Engineering looking for valuable research experience with faculty interested in incorporating undergrads in their research group.

Committee Chair:  Progna Banerjee