Giving Impact Stories
Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2019
“I was confident that an engineering degree from The Grainger College of Engineering would be great preparation for my future career as an engineer.”
Sarah Osman was a transfer student from her local community college and has recently graduated from The Grainger College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a research focus in biomechanics. Receiving an Engineering Visionary Scholarship allowed Sarah to increase the amount of time spent as a Research Assistant at Carle Foundation Hospital where she worked to develop “a solution that would change someone’s life.” She has worked to create an oxygen encapsulating formula, with applications in cancer research and eye disease, and designed pharmaceutical equipment components for a potential patent.
Sarah competed in Illini Formula Electric for the past two years and was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. In her free time, Sarah loves to sing and spend time outside in nature.
As a woman in engineering, Sarah is inspired to pay it forward “with a means of currency that every person has - time.” Sarah shares, “I always make it a goal to encourage women to consider a career in engineering, particularly those who are undecided or unhappy with their current majors. Too many girls and women, my former self included, hesitate from even learning about what this field entails and fail to see what they are missing out on. I hope that when I am financially independent, I will be able to provide my time, support and financial resources towards encouraging new generations of engineers—male and female.”