2020 AE Graduates

Brenda Reyn

Brenda Reyn

Favorite college memories:  "Coffee and late night food runs with my friends coming to and from the aerolab. Going to AIAA's Scitech 2020 and getting to meet Professor Robert Liebeck and Daniel Raymer. The best professors EVER!"

Immediate plans: "I am going to work full time for Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows, Illinois in a rotational program while doing my master's degree online in AE at U of I. My first rotation is in Systems Engineering."

Future plans: "I plan on finishing my master's degree in AE online at U of I and hopefully get a position in project or program management."

Charles Avi Rovin

Charles Rovin

Favorite college memories: "My favorite memories include assorted Yuri's Night(s), doing work with Student Aircraft Builders, and representing U of I AE while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria."

Immediate plans: "My immediate plan is to work at Moog Inc in their Bill Moog Project--a rotational program that will have me spend the first 3 years of work rotating between Buffalo, New York, Torrance, California, and a TBD international site, likely in the UK.

Where do you hope to be in five to 10 years? "In 5-10 years, I would like to be in some type of position that lends itself well to mentorship. While I've learned a lot in the classes I've taken at Illinois, my greatest areas of growth (both academic and professional) have been a result of my mentors. I hope to pay that forward as well as possible."

Viraj Sampat

Viraj Sampat

Favorite college memories:  “Launching mini rockets and flying gliders during AE 100.”

Immediate plans: “I will be working as a Simulation and Test Engineer at CACI, Inc after graduation.”

Where would you like to be in 5 to 10 years? “I would like to be developing my skills as an engineer and using those skills to better our world.”

Rachit Singhvi

Rachit Singhvi

What are your favorite college memories: “That's always a difficult one to answer especially when someone asks you about your favorite memory from Home. Home is where the Heart is.”

Immediate plans: Graduate school for robotics and autonomous systems.

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “I am an aspiring roboticist hoping to obtain a PhD and be involved in research and academia. But also probably be somewhere with mountains and lakes around.”

 

Amy Strauch

Amy Strauch

What are your favorite college memories: “Walking to downtown Champaign on Saturday mornings to grab a cup of coffee and study at Cafe Kopi and seeing the aero lab decorated for the holiday season every year.”

Immediate plans: “Working for Collins Aerospace at their Cedar Rapids, Iowa location as a software engineer in their flight management department.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “Working on a spacecraft flight software project.”

 

Emily Tokarski

Emily Tokarski

Favorite memories: “I loved watching the drone light show for the department's 75th anniversary in fall 2019! I've also appreciated every minute of senior design, and some of my favorite memories (as grueling as they were at the time), were all of the coffee runs, food runs, and late nights spent in aero lab. I will not, however, miss climbing up and down those stairs multiple times a day.”

Immediate plans: “After wrapping up my last few classes in the fall, I hope to be starting my career in the airline industry.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “Later in my career I'd like to have, or be finishing up, an MBA, and be working in the aircraft or airline industry. Whatever role I'm in, I hope to be doing meaningful work that keeps me on my toes!”

Kevin John Triner

Kevin John Triner

What are your favorite college memories: “The one and only all-nighter I pulled all of college to finish my senior design project. It was painful but it was fun to work through that with my team. Travelling to Seattle to attend and speak at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conference this past November. A special shout-out to Dr. Goza for giving me the tools necessary to be a part of such an amazing opportunity.”

Immediate plans: “Just searching for a job in this crazy world.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “It's hard to say where I'll be in five or ten years. I just know that music, engineering, and nature will be heavily involved in wherever I am and whatever I am doing then.”

Tanay Vardhan

Tanay Vardhan

What are your favorite college memories: “Favorite memories: I had some great memories with Illini Motorsports, especially representing the team during competition at the FSAE Michigan event. Other than that, probably Cozad, where our project was fortunate to pick up a couple of prizes. Also, playing soccer at CRCE is among my top memories!”

Immediate plans: “I've been working full time on Turkbox, a company I co-founded during my senior year.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “Hopefully, I'll be able to expand my company, have a larger team, more customers and a bigger office!”

 

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Favorite college memories: “Not failing any of my classes!”

Immediate plans: “Start/continue my engineering career.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “Simple: Alive, healthy, and happy.”

Weizhuo (Ken) Wang

Weizhuo Wang

Favorite college memories:  “Those all-nighters at aerolab, senior design, and  AE100 field trips.”

Immediate plans: “Go to grad school at Stanford and, hopefully, get my Ph.D.”

Where would you like to be in 5 to 10 years?  “I plan to get my Ph.D. in seven years. After that, I would love to work at FLAG/Tesla/SpaceX/Citadel etc.”

Jiaqi Yang

Jiaqi Yang

Favorite memories: “An all-nighter in the aero lab working on the senior project and the Midnight Wings Party. Got caught in the aero lab after the campus shutdown.”

Immediate plans: “I will be continuing on to an M.S. in management science and engineering at Columbia University.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “Preferably working in operations research or transportation management in major airliners.”

Yikun Zhou

Yikun Zhou

What are your favorite college memories: “Accomplishing senior design with my team mates.”

Immediate plans: “Go to grad school.”

Where I’d like to be in 5 to 10 years: “I'll likely be in the software/AI related industry, potentially do a startup company back home in China.”

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