Meet Our Team

Ivan Favila

Assistant Dean & Director

Dean Favila is an Illinois alumnus with degrees in General Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. In addition to the ARISE program, he oversees various student-centered retention and recruitment activities in the College’s Undergraduate Programs Office including the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) and the Morrill Engineering Program (MEP).

Aldo Montagner

ARISE Graduate Mentor

Aldo is a recent graduate from the Aerospace Department at the University of Illinois. Aldo is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and continuing his research on composite materials and nanomaterials. He hopes to work bioengineering industry to work with soft robotics.

"As a graduate mentor for ARISE I hope to provide guidance and advice, connect students to resources on campus, be a part of their professional network, and be a friend they can reach out to for anything they may need."

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