GradSWE Committee


Negar Kamali

UIC GradSWE President

Major: Civil Engineering – PhD

Fun fact: I used to believe I can never code and my brain is just not capable of solving programming problems. I’ve failed basic programming twice in college. I ended up hating it and promised myself to stay away from it. But here I am now, at the third year of my PhD, in computational mechanics. coding up difficult problems in physics and mechanics every single day. and you know what, it’s just the best feeling in the world when you go past your fears and failures.


Niloofar Tehrani

Graduate Affairs Coordinator

Major: Materials Engineering – PhD

Fun fact: I started playing violin when I was 8, then when I turned 18 I chose to become a Materials Engineer, the most opposite to arts and now I’m getting my Ph.D. in it! I always thought of making a violin out of metal for my undergrad project to fulfill both sides of my brain!



 Sepideh Karkouti Oskoe

College and Corporation Chair

Major: Materials Engineering – M.S.




Janani Neelakantan

Former GradSWE Ambassador

Major: Computer Science – M.S.

Fun fact: I am a trained Indian classical dancer!


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