Holly McIlwee Golecki

Assistant Teaching Professor of Bioengineering in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois

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Realizing your dreams is not necessarily easy, but there are people along the path with genuine interest in helping you get there.

What do you do?

I teach design courses. In my research I study how biomaterials and soft robotics can be used to develop new devices and empower students to innovate in robotics and engineering.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose this field based on a desire to use biomaterials specifically to enhance healthcare treatments and devices. While performing research as part of my PhD I became interested in attracting more underrepresented groups to engineering fields, my current position enables me to pursue both of these aims.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

An engineering PhD!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being on the bleeding edge of innovations that can change people’s lives. Seeing my students push their boundaries and realize their potential is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Best advice for next generation?

Realizing your dreams is not necessarily easy, but there are people along the path with genuine interest in helping you get there.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Nobody wins unless everybody wins." - Bruce Springsteen

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