Outstanding Young Achievement Award
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Jillian Economy graduated from UIC in 2017 with a BS in industrial engineering and a minor in mathematics. She joined Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in 2016 and is a quality engineer in the company’s global tool unit where she manages the ISO 9001 quality management system and leads various process improvement projects to systematically improve component and system quality. Jillian serves on the Northshore leadership committee of the ITW Women's Network (IWN) and is a member of the ITW Young Professionals Network (YPN). Through ITW, she has been a guest speaker at the national Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference in Anaheim, California, and has spoken at IWN Northshore, IWN Upper Midwest, YPN, and summer intern events.
Jillian mentors UIC students through the UIC Engineering professional connections program and has been a guest speaker at UIC for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the MIE 499 professional development seminar, and UIC’s chapters of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Jillian is passionate about mentoring the next generation of female leaders and is proud to be part of the UIC community.