Samantha Knoll is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. She completed her B.S. and M.S. at UIUC as well, during which time she was an active member of the UIUC SWE section. As a graduate student, she co-founded GradSWE at UIUC, through which she helped to establish an annual conference to empower women pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate degrees (called the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference).