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.
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.
Former GradSWE Ambassador
Major: Computer Science – M.S.
Fun fact: I am a trained Indian classical dancer!