Meet Our Team

Aldo Montagner

Coordinator, ARISE and Student Success

Aldo is an Illinois alumnus with a bachelor's and master's degree in Aerospace Engineering. He has served ARISE students since Fall 2020 as the graduate mentor and recently as the Program Coordinator. Aldo has lead multiple groups of students to Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, and Bolivia as part of Global Service Learning, Leadership, and Identity based courses.

Izzy Mata

ARISE Graduate Mentor

Izzy is a current master's student in Aerospace Engineering continuing her education after earning her bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from UIUC. She has supported gender equity in engineering through the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Program. During her undergraduate time, she was a part of two research labs on campus focusing on the design and manufacturing of polymers and composite materials. She has travelled to Guatemala as part of a study abroad service project.

Ivan Favila

Senior 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).