Society of Women Engineers - Lunch & Learn

Sun, 2017/09/17

On Tuesday, September 12, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) held their first speaker series during their General Body Meeting in Perlstein Hall Auditorium during the lunch hour. The theme was Lunch and Learn. The executive members had welcomed two Alumni, who currently work at Grainger.

Grainger is a leading firm in North America. With 10 billion dollars in sales in 2015, they specialize in the delivery of goods such as pumps, motors, hand tools, janitorial supplies, fasteners, and more. Grainger’s customers are from an array of industries, ranging from healthcare, manufacturing, government to hospitality. Its local branches operate by taking up orders over the phone. Simple as it may sound, the background work is much more technical.

One of the Speakers, Lama Abu-Amara, interned at Grainger during her junior year at Illinois Tech. She worked under the Enterprise Processes and Systems Department on security-based projects. Now, she holds the position of information security-risk and compliance. Abu-Amara connected through the attendees almost instantaneously. She talked about how she would switch classes, and barely had the idea of actually graduating as a Computer Engineer. However, she also did a minor in Psychology; which she truly enjoys.

Abu-Amara reassured us that a corporate life is totally a blissful experience. She is so involved in her job that she is hardly bothered by her hour-long commute. She draws a distinction between college assignments and her tasks at Grainger. Definitely, we have a really intensive course work, here, at Illinois Tech which is more focused on the rigid curriculum rather than a more flexible, reflective type of task. You get to deal with real problems that you should solve with more than book knowledge.

Together with Abu-Amara, April Wanagas, another recent alum of Illinois Tech who completed a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. She interned at Grainger, like Abu-Amara, during her junior year. Versatile due to her double-degree and a background in technology, Wanagas continues to surprise in her role at Grainger, and is continuing her role as Enterprise Systems Project Management (Scrum Master).

By the end, both alumni encouraged the audience to visit the Grainger table at the Career Fair, happening, September 20; they will be there, ready and willing to answer your questions. They will also be redirecting resumes to the Human Resources (HR) team. SWE President Austeja Staneviciute ended the event, awarding both with gifts from SWE and the Alumni Association.