Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors Undergraduate Admission

Students are the lifeblood of our campus, and the best way to learn about what it’s like at Illinois Tech is to talk with one of them.

When you visit Illinois Tech or attend one of our events, chances are you’ll meet one of our Hawk Ambassadors or Junior Hawks. Don’t hesitate to ask them real questions like:

  • What’s the toughest part about being a student?
  • How did you make your decision about which college to attend?
  • What do you like the most about Illinois Tech? What do you like the least?
  • How do you beat Chicago winters?

You can connect with one of our ambassadors and learn about student life when you visit us virtually and take a campus tour

Chat with an Ambassador

Connect with a student directly via chat below! If they are not available, an email will be forwarded to their inbox. Please note that several of our students are working and taking classes over the summer, so allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Mairead Murphy

Mairead Murphy

Hometown: York, ME

Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Year in School: 3rd Year

Activities:

  • Global Language Organization "GLO"
  • Catholic Campus Ministries
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Study Abroad

Owen Bomba

Owen Bomba

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI

Major: Architectural Engineering

Year in school: 2nd Year

Activities

  • Hawk Ambassador
  • Member of delta tau delta,
  • WIIT 88.9 Radio show host
  • General body member of American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member of Astronomy Club. 

Joyce Lam

Joyce Lam

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Major:  Architecture

Year in School:  3rd Year

Activities:

  •  Hawk Ambassador
  •  Commuter
  •  Elevate Scholar 

Somya Mittal

Somya Mittal

Hometown:  Bangalore, India

Major:  Computer Science & Statistics  

Year in School:  3rd Year

Activities:

  • American Statistical Association
  •  Artificial intelligence Student Association
  • IIT Acapella, Residence Hall Association
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • SIAM, Machine Learning @ IIT
  • Society of Women Engineers 
  • SOAR Leader

Jack Pio

Jack Pio

Hometown:  Kansas City, MO

Major:  Computer Engineering

Year in School:  4th Year

Activities:

  • DIII Men's Tennis 
  • Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • CRU
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Study Abroad Ambassadors
  • Intinium

Emily Piszczek 

Emily Piszczek

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Major: Applied Math and Data Science

Year in School:  4th Year 

Activities:

  •  ACMW (association for computing machinery for women)
  • SIAM (society for industrial and applied mathematics)

Dheeksha Ranginani   

Dheeksha Ranginani

Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL

Major: Psychology

Year in School: 4th Year

Activities

  • WiSP (Women in Science Project)
  • UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
  • MEDLIFE (Medical Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere),
  • MSA (American Medical Student Association),
  • ASA (Alpha Sigma Alpha)
  • OoO (Order of Omega)
  • Camras Scholars

 

“Being a student at Illinois Tech has given me so many wonderful opportunities. From starting my own club for environmental political activism to running on the track team, there are a wealth of options here to supplement my passions alongside my education.”

—Maddy Urig (Mechanical Engineering 4th Year), Youngstown, OH

Maddy Urig, Hawk Ambassador

“Illinois Tech has changed my life by allowing me to make so many different connections through academics and athletics. Being able to work alongside admissions counselors and other Hawk Ambassadors has truly improved my ability to work cooperatively, and it's been one of the greatest experiences to date!”

—Hani Salameh (Mechanical Engineering 4th Year), Oak Lawn, IL

Hani Salameh, Hawk Ambassador

"Illinois Tech has provided me a home away from home with many new and exciting experiences. You learn a lot of useful information in classes for the workforce, but being an ambassador has provided me with leadership skills as well. I’m able to satisfy both my love for technology and build long-lasting connections!"

—Brianna Bransfield (Computer Science 4th Year), Honolulu, HI

Brianna Bransfield, Hawk Ambassador

"Through my time working as a Hawk Ambassador, I have been able to interact and form relationships with people with a wider variety of backgrounds and perspectives than if I hadn't joined the program. Doing the same work as everyone else, but approaching it from different perspectives based on what each person was familiar with, was a great learning opportunity for me to broaden my horizons and understand more about human nature. Representing Illinois Tech to visiting students and families has also been a great responsibility, and being able to give a first-hand student view to those who may eventually attend here allowed me to reflect on what it is about Illinois Tech that has helped me the most during my time here."

—Devdhi Kasana (Biomedical Engineering 4th Year), Naperville, IL

Devdhi Kasana, Hawk Ambassador