Grace Pakeltis

Villa Park, IL, US
Field of Work 
Materials Research
Job Title or "Student" 
University of Illinois
Materials Science and Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
My name is Grace Pakeltis and I am a senior in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois. I fell in love with materials science in high school after attending GAMES camp at the University of Illinois. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have become heavily involved in the Society of Women Engineers. I started in the outreach committee where I was able run events for girls of all ages to introduce them to engineering. I am currently the President of the U of I section where I lead the largest engineering organization on our campus. SWE creates an amazing community where its members are able to grow academically, professionally and socially. I am also involved in undergraduate research. I work in Professor John Rogers’ lab on bioelectronics. This research allows me to make a difference in technology that saves peoples’ lives. I am currently working on a wireless neural implantable needle for optogenetics. In the future, I plan to get my PhD in Materials Science.
Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekends
Fun demonstrations or materials
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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