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The mission of Econ Ambassadors is to represent the Department of Economics in various capacities and act as a student advisory committee for the Undergraduate Studies Office. Econ Ambassadors are selected from declared Economics Undergraduate Majors in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, have strong academics, demonstrated leadership and involvement, and show a commitment to the Department, College, and University both while in school and as alumni. Econ Ambassadors are provided with special opportunities for field trips, leadership/teambuilding experiences, meetings with alumni, and more.

Please contact the Undergraduate Economics Office with questions about the Econ Ambassador program: econug@illinois.edu
If you are interested in becoming an Econ Ambassador, please click here for more information
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2016-2017 Econ Ambassadors

David Beer

David Beer

Economics Major
Statistics Minor
Class of May 2017
Email dbeer2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

 

 

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Social Gaming Club (President); Study Abroad (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Economic Statistics II (ECON 203) Prof. Petry
Intermediate Micro Theory (ECON 302) Prof. Buckley

Why Economics?
I was initially intrigued in the subject by my intro to economics professor at my community college before coming to UIUC.

Bio:
David Beer is a transfer student majoring in Economics with a minor in Statistics and plans to graduate in May 2017. His hometown is Carlyle, located in Southern Illinois. He intends to pursue a career in the consultation field, possibly dealing with international trade, and plans on obtaining a higher degree in the future. He recently studied abroad in Leuven, Belgium during Fall 2015 at KU Leuven where he travelled around Europe. David is currently the President of Social Gaming Club where he organizes events for attending members, manages club funds, and acquires new equipment for the organization.
In his free time he enjoys playing competitive E-Sports as well as going to the gym, and intends to eventually travel around the world and visit all 7 continents.

Research Experience:
"Digital Auctions in MMO's" Poster at the 2015 Econ Research Symposium

Sam Bricker

Sam

Economics Major
Informatics Minor
Class of May 2019
Email sjbrick2@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
ACE IT, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity,

Internship Experience:
North Star Camp for Boys (Summer 2013-Present | Hayward, WI)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Economic Statistics II (Econ 203)
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (Econ 302) Professor Buckley

Why Economics?
I had a fantastic high school economics teacher who inspired me to pursue the major. I enjoyed my first two economics courses at U of I and knew it was a great fit for my academic interests. I'm unsure about my future career path, but I know that economics keeps a broad range of possibilities available.

Bio:
Sam Bricker is majoring in economics and minoring in informatics. He plans to pursue a second major in psychology and graduate in the spring of 2019. A sophomore from Deerfield, Illinois, two of Sam's biggest interests are the Chicago Cubs and sports analytics. Since arriving to the University of Illinois, Sam has become involved with the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity where he currently serves on the executive board. Additionally, Sam is a peer facilitator for ACE IT, an alcohol risk management first-year student seminar. During the summer, Sam enjoys spending his time working at North Star Camp, an overnight camp for boys in Northwest Wisconsin. 

Research Experience:
"Digital Auctions in MMO's" Poster at the 2015 Econ Research Symposium

Maggie Carlson

Maggie Carlson

Economics Major
Business Minor
Class of May 2017
Email macarls2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

 

 

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Traveling Club Tennis, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Illini Collegians for Life, LAS 101 Interns

Internship Experience:
McGovern & Co., Marketing and Operations Intern (Summer 2014 | Naperville, IL)
Northern Trust Corp., Asset Management Intern (Summer 2016 | Chicago, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
International Economics (ECON 420) Prof. Baer
Latin American Economics (ECON 452) Prof. Baer

Why Economics?
When I came into Freshman year, I knew I wanted to go down the Business route because I loved my economics courses in high school. But, I thought economics was more interesting than one single aspect of business, and to understand how businesses work, you need to understand how the economy affects them. After making this realization, I decided to follow my passion and major in economics. It really opens a wide range of opportunities and allows you to take your career wherever you want.

Bio:
Maggie plans to graduate May 2017 and she is majoring in Economics and minoring in Business. Her hometown is Naperville, a suburb of Chicago. Her interests in business are investments, finance, and consulting and hopes to pursue a career in one of those areas. She currently is interning with Northern Trust Corporation as an Asset Management Marketing intern during Summer 2016.
As for involvement on campus, Maggie is a member of the traveling Club Tennis team, and of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. In addition, she is an intern for the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is teaching a class of freshman during the Fall 2016 semester. In her free time, Maggie loves playing tennis, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Huiyi Chen

Huiyi Chen

Economics & History Major
Mathematics Minor
Class of May 2017
Email hchen106@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Rainbow International, China Studies Forum, Phi Alpha Theta

Internship Experience:
Department of Economics, Summer Orientation Leader (Summer 2016 | UIUC)
BSI British Standard Institution, Assistant to Accountant & History Tutor (Summer 2015 | Shenzhen, China)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Game Theory (ECON 490) Instructor Li
Political Economy (ECON 490) Prof. Sahakyan

Why Economics?
Economics is a broad, extensive, and sophisticate field full of knowledge that can help one discover how our world truly functions behind the everyday picture. I always wonder why and how we humans come up certain ideas and do certain things. I believe studying economics can help me figure out my questions.

Bio:
Huiyi Chen is a junior double majoring in Economics and History. She is also planning to minor in Mathematics. She is expecting to graduate in May 2017. Huiyi came to the United States for high school from her hometown Shenzhen, China. She is passionate about behavior economics and learning individual decision-making. She is also interested in arts and humanities, and always seeking opportunities in archival research. She wants to be involved in academia in the future.
Huiyi is also the Vice President of Rainbow International - an international students LGBTQ organization. She was the Vice President of China Studies Forum, an organization discussing controversial topics related to China. She was also the Treasurer of the History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta from 2015-16. In her spare time, she likes to go swimming, hiking, visiting museums, and watching musicals and films.

Awards:
Diversity and Inclusion Award from Dept. of Economics

Catherine Chou

Cathering

Economics Major
Business Minor
Class of May 2017
Email cchou14@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Economics Club, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Society of Women in Business

Internship Experience:
West Corporation, Sales and Marketing Analyst Intern (Summer 2016 | Chicago, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
International Economics (ECON 420) Prof. Baer
Latin American Economics (ECON 452) Prof. Baer

Why Economics?
I knew I wanted to be an Economics major going into my junior year of high school when I went to take a summer class at Brown University in Macroeconomics. Then my junior year Macroeconomics and microeconomics teacher really inspired my interest in the subject.

Bio:
Catherine is majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. She will am graduating in May 2017 in hopes of a future job in financial consulting or marketing in either Chicago or Seattle. She is from Ann, Arbor, Michigan. She came to the University of Illinois because she wanted a clean slate and it was the best decision she has ever made. Catherine is a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women where she is the public relations chair. When she's not in class or at work she enjoy volunteering at local elementary schools around Urbana and Champaign through the Vis a Vis program where she is able to help kids inside the classroom. In addition to that, in the upcoming year she will serve as an Economic Ambassador for the Economics department. This summer Catherine will be interning in Chicago at West Corporation as a sales and marketing analyst.
In her free time she loves to travel, play tennis, volunteer and spend time with her friends and family.

Timothy Chin

Timothy

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of May 2019
Email tchin9@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Actuarial Science Club, Design for America, Illini Dancesport

Internship Experience:
State Farm Insurance, Actuarial Intern (January 2017 - Present | Champaign, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102) Prof. Vazquez
Economic Statistics II (ECON 203) Prof. Petry
Intro to Applied Econometrics (ECON 471) Prof. Yang

Why Economics?
Economics provides the necessary logic and reasoning that will help me make good financial decisions that benefit both myself and the society that I live in.

Bio:
Timothy Chin is a double-majoring in Economics and Statistics. He grew up in Palatine, Illinois and hopes to pursue a career in either actuarial science or data analytics. His internship at State Farm in Research Park allows him to explore different career paths and apply the skills learned in class to form practical business solutions. Some of his extracurricular activities include Design for America, an RSO that builds prototypes to help solve community issues, and Illini Dancesport, the competitive ballroom dance team on campus. In his free time, Tim enjoys playing the piano, reading, seeing performances at Krannert Center, and watching YouTube videos.

Xinying Fang

Xinying

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of December 2017
Email xfang17@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Illini Statistics Club, Econ mentors

Internship Experience:
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Bank counter assistant (Summer 2016 | Shanghai, China)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Urban Economics (ECON 414) Prof. McMillen
Intermediate Microeconomics Theory (ECON 302) Prof. Dilanni
Economics Statistics II (ECON 203) Prof. Petry

Why Economics?
Economics covers a lot of topics in our daily life. Learning Economics enables you to see the reasons behind various issues. It is really interesting to use Econ knowledge and data analysis skills to solve problems.

Bio:
Xinying is a transfer student double majoring in Economics and Statistics. Her hometown is Kunshan, China. Her career goal is to become a financial consultant. She loves working with intelligent and articulate people and travelling around to assist different clients. She is actively seeking a summer internship in financial consulting area. Now, she is involving with Illini Statistics Club to attend events and learn from people with data analysis background. During her free time, she enjoys reading history books and watching Japanese Animation. Her favorite animation is Naruto.

Michael Hebert

Michael

Economics Major
Philosophy Minor
Class of December 2018
Email mjheber2@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement & Experiences (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
President of the Economics Club Member of the Marching Illini Trombone Section

Internship Experience:
Leighton Legal Group, LLC - Administrative Intern (May - Aug 2015) & Legal Intern (May - Aug 2016)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
ECON 484: Law and Economics - Kindt
ECON 302: Intermediate Microeconomics - Buckley

Why Economics?
Economics as a subject covers so many different types of knowledge and topics that interest me. Whether it be theory, statistics, or just critical thinking skills in general, economics provides its students with topics and subject matters that other majors on campus can't provide.

Bio:
Michael is from Bloomington, IL. and is majoring in economics and pursuing his minor in philosophy. He wishes to attend law school in the future and practice corporate law. Michael had an internship at a local law firm this past summer in Bloomington, IL where he learned about elder law, trust and estate planning, and financial planning. He enjoys music and plays several instruments including: guitar, bass guitar, trombone, tuba, drum set, euphonium, and trumpet.

Payal Mallik

Payal

Economics & Finance Dual-Degree
Statistics (Applied) Minor
Class of May 2018
Email mallik2@illinois.edu

 

 

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Illini Women in Economics, Finance Academy, Student Insurance Advisory Committee, and Student Fee Advisory Committee/Tuition Policy Advisory Committee

Internship/Work Experience:
U.S. Cellular, Financial Analyst, Incentive Compensation Services (Summer 2016 | Chicago, IL)
Illinois State Treasurer's Office, Policy & Programs Intern (Summer 2015 | Chicago, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 303) Professor Arvin-Rad

Why Economics?
I'm pretty indecisive when it comes to planning for the future; so, for me, choosing economics as a major essentially meant gaining another four years to figure out what I want to do. Of course, that's only possible because, with an economics major, the skills I'm learning and the classes I'm taking apply to a variety of professions.

Bio:
Payal Mallik is pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Statistics; she's on track to graduate in May 2018. In addition to serving as an Economics Ambassador, Payal is part of Illini Women in Economics, Finance Academy, Student Insurance Advisory Committee, and Student Fee Advisory Committee/Tuition Policy Advisory Committee.Since arriving at UIUC, Payal has worked at Illinois STEM Education Initiative, been a research assistant for the Department of Accountancy and the Office of Undergraduate Research's Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, and lifeguarded for Campus Recreation. She's also completed internships at the Illinois State Treasurer's Office and U.S. Cellular.

Jane Patzke

Jane

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of May 2018
Email jpatzk2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

 

 

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Delta Zeta Sorority, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Statistics Club

Internship/Work Experience:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project Intern at The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Summer 2016 | Washington, DC)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Macroeconomic Principles (ECON 103) Professor Baer

Why Economics?
I wanted an additional major that would complement my study of statistics. I was also interested in exploring a variety of policy issues through an economic lens.

Bio:
Jane Patzke is double majoring in economics and statistics and is on track to graduate in May of 2018. She currently works at Loomis Physics Laboratory on campus and is actively involved in her sorority, Delta Zeta, where she serves on the public relations committee and as banner chair. In her free time she enjoys working out, keeping current on politics, and learning computer programming. This past summer, she interned at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, DC.
Jane is deeply interested in financial and urban economics. She hopes to pursue a career in analytics or policy research and is fascinated by the increasingly large role data plays in decision making and public policy. She plans on spending a few years working before pursuing graduate study.

Dino Petrov

Dino

Economics Major
Informatics Minor
Class of May 2018
Email petrov2@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Illini Swim Club and Resident Leadership Board

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Economic Statistics II (Econ 203) Prof. Petry
Economic Poverty Alleviation (Econ 490) Prof. Osman 

Why Economics?
I took AP Macroeconomics in high school and had a great teacher who influenced my interest in the subject.

Bio:
Dino Petrov is majoring in Economics with a minor in Business and Informatics. His hometown is Chicago, specifically Lincoln Park area. He intends to pursue a career in commercial banking or marketing and sales. Dino was social chair on the executive board of the Illini Swim Club and now holds the treasurer position. He is also Co-President of the Resident Leadership Board, which is an advisory group designed to serve the residents of the Graduate Upper-Division Halls. During his free time, Dino enjoys swimming, biking, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Emily Schroeder

Emily

Economics & Political Science Major
Class of May 2019
Email edschro2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

 

 

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Office of New Student Programs, Lean In, Political Science Club, Political Science Advisory Boarf

Internship/Work Experience:
Legislative Office of State Senator Jason Barickman, Data Intern (Summer 2014 | Bloomington, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Economic Statistics I (ECON 202) Patrese Anderson (TA)

Why Economics?
Economics is a very wide field with many applications to every day life. The ways in which economic principles can explain national events and even the most mundane interactions between individuals is a very interesting field of study, something I hope to use throughout my life and future career.

Bio:
Emily Schroeder is an Economics and Political Science double major with plans to pursue a minor in Applied Statistics. She is from Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Her interest in economics lies in the political economy and how public policy shapes society. In the future, Emily hopes to work as a policy analyst or possibly, a lobbyist.
In addition to serving as an Econ Ambassador, Emily is an Orientation Leader through the Office of New Student Programs, a position which allows her to meet incoming students and assist them with their transition to the University. She is also a member of Lean In, an organization dedicated to helping women achieve their dreams. Additionally, she currently serves on the 2016-2017 Political Science Advisory Board.

Allie Simmons

Allie

Economics Major
Informatics Minor
Class of December 2019
Email avsimmo2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

 

 

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Illini Women in Economics, Economics Club, Illini Pride

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102) Professor Jose Vazquez

Why Economics?
Throughout most of High School I had been told to go into Engineering, because I excelled at math and science and liked problem solving. The more I investigated engineering as a career, I realized it was not what I had wanted. I began looking into different majors, and found that the Economics Major was all about decision making, using math and reasoning. After reading The Economist and doing more research, I knew Economics was right for me.

Bio:
Allie Simmons is majoring in Economics and pursuing a minor in Informatics. Allie is from Saint Jacob, a small town in Southern Illinois. She is a member of Economics Club and Illini Women in Economics, where she serves on the social committee. Allie has interest in economics forecasting and corporate investing and would like to pursue a career in private sector investments, though she’s also considering graduate school.
On campus Allie works for the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology as an office assistant. In her free time, she enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey games and Survivor, going to Fighting Illini sporting events, playing tennis, and spending time with her friends.

Kevin Tom

Kevin

Economics Major
Chemistry Minor
Class of May 2017
Email ktom2@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Division of General Studies Leader (DGS Leaders), Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-health Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega

Internship/Work Experience:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Rheumatology, Research Assistant, Systemic Sclerosis (Summer of 2016 | Chicago, IL)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Law and Economics (ECON 484) Prof. Jon Carlson

Why Economics?
I chose the Economics major after taking the introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses on campus. I became fascinated with the opportunity to learn about and understand human behavior in the context of our scarce resources that are available. Economics is not just the study of the "allocation of scarce resources" or "money" as many believe. It is the study of human behavior, our decision making processes, and how these decisions affect our lives, the community, our economy, and how our actions have world-wide implications.

Bio:
Kevin Tom is major in Economics with a minor in Chemistry. He is on track to graduate in May of 2017. Kevin first became fascinated with Economics during his Freshman year when he took Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and decided this Is the major he would pursue. In addition, following graduation, Kevin has plans of attending medical school. He is dedicated to helping use his knowledge of economics and medical education to make a valuable difference in everyone’s lives and ensure that adequate healthcare is available to anyone and everyone that needs it.
During his free time, Kevin enjoys working out, running, swimming, playing the guitar, and hanging out with friends and family. He is extremely excited to get the opportunity to be an Economic Ambassador for this school year and work with both prospective students and current students within the department.

Awards:
Dean's List

Shubham Vaid

Shubham

Economics Major
Business Minor
Class of December 2017
Email svaid2@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Alpha Phi Omega, Economics Club, and iTrade

Internship/Work Experience:
The Hartford Insurance Company, Aurora IL, Claims and Process Intern (Summer of 2016)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102) Professor Jose Vazquez
Economic Growth (ECON 490) Amir Amini
Poverty Alleviation (ECON 490) Professor Adam Osman

Why Economics?
Coming into UIUC, I wanted to major in business but being undecided first few semesters gave me a chance to explore. I picked Economics instead because I believe it gives one a certain perspective that help with making decisions. As I began taking more classes, I was more and more intrigued by the subject.

Bio:
Shubham Vaid is majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. He will be graduating in December of 2017. Shubham was born India and grew up in Chicago. He has been member of many extracurricular activities on campus and held leadership positions in some. His further plans are to pursue an MBA after some full time work experience. In addition, he would like to start his own business some day. Shubham enjoys to playing the drums (cajon) and Bansuri (bamboo flute).

Jing Wang

Jing

Economics & Statistics Major
Class of May 2018
Email jwang241@illinois.edu
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Econ Club

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Economic Statistics II (ECON 203) Joseph Petry
Inter Microeconomic Theory (ECON 302) Professor Isaac DiIanni
Econometrics (ECON 471) Professor Lanwei Yang

Why Economics?
Economics is a great framework to learn about the world. I chose economics because I want to know why the world is like this and how.

Bio:
Jing is a junior transfer student double majoring in Economics and Statistics and her expected graduation time is May 2018. She is interested to built her career in the filed of development economics or statistical analysis. She cares about education and health, nutrition and food security, as well as gender and inequality. She has been interning with Integrate Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension (INGENAES) funded by USAID since the fall of 2015 where she mainly helped with data analyzing and knowledge management. Jing also serves as the Internal Affair Chair of Illini Women in Economics and her primary responsibility is to provide students with supporting academic reference in order to promote personal development and the engagement of women in economics. She coordinated with the service trip of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) by communicating with housing and project sites and volunteered in five cities with the organization. She was also an active Welcome Day Leader of Spring 2016 semester. In her spare time, Jing is excited for outdoor activities such as hiking, running and playing volleyball. She also enjoys cooking, photographing and graphic designing.

Jeremy Zou

Jeremy

Economics & Finance Dual-Degree
Class of May 2018
Email mzou4@illinois.edu

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Phi Beta Lambda; Habitat for Humanity

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Intermediate Micro Theory (ECON 302) Prof. Buckley

Why Economics?
Economics and Finance share a lot of similarities. Economics will guide your or lead you to understand the cause of an economic phenomenon. Many public policy decisions are fundamentally rooted in economics. I am able to practice logical thinking, which is a valuable skill to develop, when I analyze a policy and its results. Economics and Finance provides excellent analytical skills to address a problem and also find solutions.

Bio:
Jeremy Zou is a dual degree student majoring in Finance and Economics. He will be graduating in May 2018 and then plans to go to Law School. He was in the business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda and now currently volunteering at Shedd Aquarium. He has a strong interest in banking and would like to pursue a career in commercial and investment banking areas.

Interested in becoming an Econ Ambassador?

We open applications once or twice a year (depending on continuing Econ Ambassadors) and have a formal review and interview process to select our new Econ Ambassadors. When applications are open (typically ~November and ~March) we will send an email to our economics students, post on social media, and include information on our website. Read the Full Description Applications being accepted April 1 - 19, 2017. You may access the application here.

We are looking for ambitious and motivated students to become Econ Ambassadors, representing the Department while having the opportunity to participate in numerous activities! Eligible students must be declared sophomore, junior, and senior economics students with 2+ semesters remaining, a 2.5 Econ GPA and must be in good academic standing, also looking for students who are already active in extracurriculars and able to represent the Department. The Econ Undergrad Studies Office and current Ambassadors will review all applications and select students who exemplify the desire and qualities of Econ Ambassadors. Interviews may be conducted at the committee’s request.

Information about the application period is sent out to Economics Majors from our Undergraduate Studies Office. You may contact Stefanie Freeman in our office with questions: econug@illinois.edu

Alumni Econ Ambassadors

The below alumni represented the Department as Econ Ambassadors while they were in school, and have continued on into a variety of careers, providing a glimpse into the variety of trajectories Economics graduates take following graduation. We have provided their position(s), UIUC involvement, and any helpful information if available, to provide current and prospective students with information on and tips for the economics major. We have noted if they had multiple majors and/or minors, as the majority of students add to their economics degree.

Recent Ambassadors:

Amos Adekale

Amos Adekale

Economics Major
Music Minor
Class of December 2016
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Current: Intern at Yew Wah Educational School System (China)

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Vis-a-Vis tutoring

Internship/Work Experience:
Econ Alumni Relations and Outreach Office (June 2016- Present | UIUC)
Illinois Department of Commerce, Data Analyst (Summer 2014 | Shanghai, China)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
International Economics (ECON 420) Prof. Baer
Latin American Economics (ECON 452) Prof. Baer
Intermediate Micro Theory (ECON 302) Prof. DiIanni

Why Economics?
The concepts of Economics can be applied to almost every decision we make on a day to day basis. With this being said, I wanted to explore the theories and equations behind my economic choices to better enhance the life of myself and others.

Bio:
Amos Adekale is majoring in Economics with a minor in music. His hometown is Chicago Heights, Illinois located south of Chicago. He is interested in economic growth in developing countries and has interned for the Illinois Department of Commerce in Shanghai, China to help promote foreign trade. Amos is apart of an International advisory board where he engages in open dialogue with students about diversity and leadership. Amos is currently student manager for the Multimedia Department at the Illini Union and coordinator for the Vis-a-vis tutoring program on campus. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with friends.

Christopher Smiciklas

Chris

Economics & Mathematics Major
Class of May 2017
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Student Senate

Internship/Work Experience:
JPMorgan, Summer Analyst (Summer 2016 | Chicago, IL)
US State Department, Summer Intern (Summer 2015 | Washington, DC)

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
ECON 490 - Financial Econometrics

Why Economics?
Love for markets

Awards:
Outstanding Student Award- Department of Economics

Heidi Warning

Heidi

Economics Major
Business & Political Science Minors
Class of May 2017
LinkedIn LinkedIn

Campus Involvement (Beyond Econ Ambassadors):
Enactus, Phi Chi Theta, LAS 101

Internship/Work Experience:
Bloomberg, Data Analyst (Summer 2016 | Princeton, NJ)
Jimmy John's, Operations Intern, (August 2015-April 2016 | Champaign, IL)
Jimmy John's, Logistics Intern (Summer 2015 | Champaign, IL);

Favorite Economics Classes & Instructors:
Migration and Development (ECON 490) Professor Marieke Kleemens

Why Economics?
Research project in high school involving SOEs inspired the decision

Bio:
Heidi Warning is pursuing a major in Economics and minors in Business and Economics. She will be graduating in May 2017. Heidi is in the business fraternity Phi Chi Theta and was previously Vice-President of Membership for the Finance Club. Heidi is a project associate and social coordinator for Enactus, an organization which strives to empower aspiring entrepreneurs. She also serves as a TA for LAS 101. In her spare time, Heidi likes to read, participate in outdoor activities, and enjoy the eateries around campus. Heidi is available to answer any questions about how to prioritize and manage a busy schedule and any questions about how to get involved at UIUC and in the Economics department!

 

Past Graduates:

Ian Acosta | Economics & Statistics Major | May 2016

McAdam Financial, Financial Advisor (Chicago, IL)

Aaron Babajoni | Economics Major | May 2015

Aon Hewitt Financial Services, Business Delivery Analyst (Chicago, IL)

Ghadi Arida | Economics Major | May 2015

Ernst & Young (EY) FSO Advisory, Consultant (Chicago, IL)

“Econ Club provided me with a great leadership experience by heading the executive board and engineering a restricting of the club to better meet students' needs, allowed me to refine networking skills and build a network with students interested in economics, improved my organizational skills. IBC gave me hands on consulting experience with real clients and real problems to solve, allowed me to develop problem solving skills, consulting skills, communication skills (especially with clients) Able to leverage all these skills in interviews and allowed me to be at a higher degree of readiness for the workplace.”

UIUC Involvement: Econ Club (president) , IBC (consultant then senior consultant), Econ Ambassador

Eric Bultman | Economics Major; Math Minor | May 2015

DayNine Consulting, Data Analyst (Chicago, IL)

“The biggest thing I was involved in that helped me secure a job was working in the Alumni Relations office with Marsha. I was looking for jobs in the big data market and having that experience to reference was very helpful. Being involved in Ultimate Frisbee helped from a teamwork perspective, but I also held a leadership position with the team so that was important.”

Relevant or Helpful Courses: “The most helpful classes for me were the data analytics classes that involved more "hard" math skills. I also had a math minor so I use some stuff from those. Econometrics, I believe was a 490 when I took it. Also Econ 202 and 203 that involved excel skills were very applicable, I am in excel at work almost every day.”

UIUC Involvement: Mens Ultimate Frisbee, Africa Business Club, Econ Alumni Intern and an Econ Ambassador

Julia Chai | Economics Major | May 2014

Northrop Grumman Corporation, Financial Analyst (Greater Chicago Area, IL)- Previous
The Kraft Heinz Company, Financial Analyst (Chicago, IL)- Current

Mei Yin (Serena) Chan | Economics Major | May 2016

AIA Insurance five-day training on Financial Planning, Hong Kong

Marc Chua | Economics Major, Minors in Business & Statistics | May 2016

Collaborative Solutions, LLC, HCM Analyst (Chicago, IL)

UIUC Involvement: Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), Residential Advisor (University Housing), Econ Ambassador

Internships/Previous Experience: Business Data Analyst (Ikenberry Dining Services), Systems Intern (State Farm), Mall Strategy Intern (ShopperTrak)

Katherine Davis | Economics & Communication Majors, Business Minor | May 2016

PepsoCo, Sales Associate (Greater Chicago Area, IL)

UIUC Involvement: Econ Ambassador, Kappa Delta Sorority (Sisterhood & Philanthropy Chairs), Economics Department Event Assistant

Internships/Previous Experience: Promotional Specialist (Greenhouse Agency, Inc.)

Additional: Project- SPOT Finance (Enactus)

Ruofan (Ariel) Fu | Economics & Psychology Major | December 2013

Ernst & Young (EY), People Advisory Services (Chicago, IL)

Liam Holohan | Economics Major | May 2016

Mercer, Health & Benefits Consulting Analyst (Greater Chicago Area, IL)

Muhammad Hossain | Economics & Molecular and Cellular Biology Major | May 2015

 

Joanna Keen | Economics Major | May 2014

Master of Science: Policy Economics (MSPE) Illinois | December 2015
Beghou Consulting, Associate Consultant (Greater Chicago Area, IL)

Boran Kim | Economics Major | May 2015

CCC Information Services, Field Consultant (Chicago, IL)

“During college I was friends with a person who was in AIESEC who ended up being the Econ Club President of 2013. Through her I secured my current job as I used her as a reference. Get involved and network!”

UIUC Involvement: AIESEC, Economics Club, Econ Ambassadors

Sarah Leopold | Economics Major; Statistics Minor | May 2015

STATS LLC, Sales Operations Support Specialist (Northbrook, IL)

“Each of these roles strengthened my communications skills. Whether I was speaking to Economics department staff and faculty or working with my fellow peers, I use these communication skills every day in my current job.”

UIUC Involvement: Economics Ambassador and executive board member of 3Spot Dance Troupe

Brian Liu | Economics Major, Statistics Minor | May 2016

Federal Home Loan Bank, Banking Product Specialist (Chicago, IL)

Donglun Liu | Economics & Statistics Major | May 2014

Banker (Shanghai, China)
Tower Hill Trading, Trader- Previous

Valeria Marin | Economics Major | May 2015

Epic, Project Manager (Madison, WI)

“My involvement in these organizations taught me valuable lessons, from learning how to manage my time to effectively communicate with others. I can't say that there was one single organization that helped secure the job that I have today, because it was the collection of experiences and skills that I acquired along the way that made the difference. This was evident during my interviews when I was able to provide different examples from my involvement on campus and internship experiences.”

UIUC Involvement: Vice President of Economics Ambassadors, NEW Leadership Illinois participant, Illinois in Washington participant, Study Abroad Student Ambassador, I4I Student Representative, Mi Pueblo facilitator, member of Illinois Business Consulting (IBC), finance member in AIESEC, elite member of Society of Women in Business

Emmanuel (Manny) Miller | Economics Major, Computer Science Minor | May 2016

MIT Media Lab, Assistant for Network and Computing Infrastructure

Eric Mutka | Economics Major | May 2015

KPMG US, Business Valuation Associate (Chicago, IL)- Previous
RSM US, LLP, Senior Associate Consultant (Greater Chicago Area, IL)- Current

Junhua (Eric) Nie | Economics & Actuarial Science Major | May 2015

X-Change Financial Access- Chicago Board Options Exchange, Floor Trading Assistant- Derivatives Securities Broker (Chicago, IL)

“Campus involvement definitely plays a very important role in finding a job because of networking opportunities.”

Relative Classes: I think that the classes that are particularly useful are ECON 490 (Financial Economics) since students would be learning various basic financial products such as stocks, options, futures and other derivatives. Also, ACE 428 (Commodity Futures and Options) is also helpful and was open to all majors when I took it. In addition, I think that joining various Economics or Finance related student organizations are very important because it would help improve students' networking skill, which is crucial in the brokerage industry, since brokers will need to deal with clients and manage relationships on a daily basis. For everything else, it is not hard to learn on the job.

UIUC Involvement: Finance Club, Capital Markets Group (VP, President), ECON Ambassador, NetMath Student Mentor, Various Case Competitions (Golder Center for Private Equity Case Comp, Grosvenor Capital Management Case Competition) and etc.

Tilesha Northern | Economics Major | May 2014

The John Marshall Law School, Student
Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Law Clerk

Robert Olson | Economics Major; Business & Political Science Minors | May 2015

Allstate, Financial Analyst- Expenses & Agency Economics (Greater Chicago Area, IL)- Previous
Allstate, Staff Financial Analyst- Planning & Forecasing (Greater Chicago Area, IL)- Current

Stacey Penenhanouvong | Economics Major; Business Minor | May 2015

Charles Schwab, Financial Consulting Development Program (Pheonix, AZ)

“Being a peer advisor, orientation leader and Study Abroad Ambassador were probably the most beneficial activities I participated in because I learned how to work well in teams as well as assist others face to face enhancing my communication skills. My business minor and having interned in Italy for an accounting firm steered me in the direction of business which brought me to Charles Schwab. I absolutely love where I'm at in life and what I've chosen to pursue and am so thankful for my experience at UIUC that made it happen!”

UIUC Involvement: Peer Advisor and Ambassador in the Department of Economics, Study Abroad Ambassador.

Valerie Pierce | Economics Major; Business Minor | December 2014

MetLife, Underwriter (Greater Chicago Area, IL)

Katie Pollman | Economics & Earth, Society, & Environmental Sustainability Majors, Spanish Minor | May 2016

Mango Tree Uganda, Research Assistant for Randomized Control Experiment~ Department of Economics (Lira, Uganda)

Tyler Riederer | Economics & Statistics Majors | Class of May 2016

Aon Benfield, Catastrophe Risk Analyst (Chicago, IL)

Elizabeth Robishaw | Economics Major, Political Science & Leadership Studies Minors | May 2016

 

Kelley Sarussi | Economics Major, Business & Political Science Minors | May 2016

FTI Consulting, Consultant- Forensic & Litigation (Greater Chicago Area, IL)

Wansu Su | Economics Major; Business Minor | May 2015


James Tandaric | Economics & Political Science Major; Leadership Studies Minor | May 2015

Reading Partners DC Public Schools (National Non-Profit), Site Coordinator/Operator (Washington DC)

“For me, working with both University Housing and ISS made me want to pursue the non-profit route and be able to help with other vulnerable communities. I also interned at DC Public Schools summer 2014 and that made me also want to be in Education too.”

UIUC Involvement: Econ Ambassador, Econ Club Social Media Tech, Resident Advisor for University Housing, and a Committee Chair for the Illinois Student Senate.

Yitian (Tina) Tang | Economics & Statistics Majors, Business Minor | May 2016

Jump Trading, LLC, Risk Data Analyst (Chicago, IL)

Xueying (Wendy) Tian | Economics Major; Business & Statistics Minors| December 2015

Boston College Master of Science in Accountancy
Future Career: Auditor

“I took several on-campus internships in UIUC: I was the financial assistant of the Busey-Evans Hall, peer educator and summer orientation leader of the Department of Economics, and financial educator of the University of Illinois Extension-Financial Wellness program. Those internships helped me, an international student, build up the confidence of communication and make friends with people from different countries. One thing that I really hope I have done in college is doing research. I once gave up the opportunity of doing research with one of the professors, because I thought being an auditor doesn’t need too much research experience. That was stupid. Doing research will not only prove a student’s capacity of studying, but also trains students in dealing with information, which is essential in future career. So, if you ask me for advice, I will say: study hard and do research if you can."

UIUC Involvement: Econ Ambassador, Econ Peer Advisor, financial assistant intern in Busey-Evans Hall, and financial educator of the University of Illinois Extension-Financial Wellness program

Tanisha Thatte | Economics Major, Statistics & Informatics Minors | May 2016

Wells Fargo, Summer Financial Analyst Intern (Chicago, IL)- Internship