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Giving Impact Stories

Eliza Wright

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, 2020

“Most of my free time is spent giving back to the community to help other underrepresented minorities get interested in engineering. I hope to teach them that engineering is for everyone.”

As a sophomore in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Eliza Wright chose to attend Illinois Engineering because of the people here. Eliza says, “As a prospective student, I was able to meet my future advisor, my department head, and several of my future deans. I feel respected and heard as a student at this university.”

Eliza is actively involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, where she serves as programs chair. She is also involved with the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and is a co-founder of Women in Nuclear Engineering. In addition to her extra-curricular involvement, Eliza is busy learning Dutch. It’s her dream to one day move to the Netherlands, so she has been “practicing Dutch so I am ready once I get there!”

Eliza is grateful for her scholarship support. “Receiving the Engineering Visionary Scholarship has had such an impact on my education and extra-curricular activities. Instead of worrying about needing a part-time job, I am now able to participate in activities I know will help me professionally.”