About Grad SAC

Mission | Resources | Who We Are


ECE Graduate Student Advancement Committee (ECE Grad SAC) is committed to representing the concerns of all graduate students inside the department. We strive to foster experiences that all ECE graduate students can enjoy while also creating an environment everyone wants to be a part of.

  • We meet with members of the ECE Department administration and serve as liaisons for graduate student concerns.
  • We organize and execute events that allow graduate students to socialize, network, and participate in the greater community that is ECE.
  • We offer assistance to the ECE Department in planning department-sponsored activities.


Administrative Questions


Orientation Refreshers:

Academic/ Teaching


Online Resources:

Mental Health and Well-being

Why students may seek help:

  • Conflicts with a roommate
  • Depression
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Eating concerns
  • Academic difficulties
  • Self-harm behaviors

Things to know:

  • All students may access services
    • Tuition covers the cost of services
  • Health records are confidential
    • Will not be released without your written consent
    • Will not impact academic record
  • After hours, help is available through the Community Elements Crisis Line: (217) 359-4141

Counseling Center (Website)

  • Short term, individual counseling
  • Facilitates several group therapy programs
  • First time appointments must be scheduled on a same day basis
  • Drop-in service available for urgent mental health concerns
  • Call (217) 333-3704 for an appointment

The Mental Health Clinic at McKinley (Website)

  • Provides short-term individual psychotherapy
  • Prescribes medication
  • Medications filled at McKinley may require a small co-payment
  • Call (217) 333-2701 for an appointment

Additional Mental Health Resources


Who can I talk to for career advice?

Where can I find corporate job openings?

Other organizations you might want to join

WECE – Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering

GradSWE – Graduate committee for the Society of Women in Engineering

HKN – Eta Kappa Nu (ECE Honor Society)

IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Who We Are

Our committee is a team effort. We work as a unit to try and ensure that our department can provide the events that best cater to the needs of its graduate students. All of us share the responsibility so feel free to reach out to any of us. However, our main point of contact is listed as our ECE GradSAC Chair.

Corey Snyder (Chair) | cesnyde2@illinois.edu

Focus: Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Fun Fact: I have played guitar for 10+ years and love anything with Corgis!




Pallavi Sharma | psharma6@illinois.edu

Focus: Antennas



Brendan Eng | beng3@illinois.edu

Focus: Semiconductor Materials

Fun Fact: I love running and have run a total of 8 marathons!



Steven Kolaczkowski | kolaczk2@illinois.edu

Focus: Nanotechnology

Hobby: Board games, D&D, gardening, arts and crafts, and softball



Mingye Irene Xiong | mxiong5@illinois.edu

Focus: Computational Nanotechnology

Hobby: Ballroom Dance & Cooking



Grant Greenberg | gcgreen2@illinois.edu

Focus: Bioinformatics & Machine Learning

Hobby: Guitar, Climbing/Bouldering

Fun fact: I’m fluent in Spanish.


Megan Culler | mculler2@illinois.edu

Focus: Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems

Fun fact: I competed in a strongman competition once – and won!



Kristina Miller | kmmille2@illinois.edu

Focus: Cyberphysical systems, controls systems, robotics

Hobby: Violin, piano, swimming, running, drawing.

Fun fact: I like to spin pens and roll coins (but I’m not very good).


Alex Pietros | pietros2@illinois.edu

Focus: Optics, Photonics, Imaging Systems/Sensors

Hobby: Soccer and Climbing

Fun fact: I spend more time searching for music on Spotify than listening.


Srinath Jagannathan | srinath6@illinois.edu

Focus: Fiber Optics

Hobby: Squash, Reading

Fun fact: I have been to three continents and speak four languages.


Dawn Haken | haken2@illinois.edu

Focus: Remote Sensing

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy painting and hiking.



Anna Winnicki | annaw5@illinois.edu

Focus: Power Systems

Hobby: Outdoors!