Meet the Staff

Photo Credit: G. Avellar, ENG Physics, DTU

IPENG is the International Programs in Engineering Office for The Grainger College of Engineering study abroad office. Our portfolio includes: exchange programs, direct enroll programs, providers programs, customized short-term programs, and signature programs. Our staff is a group of dedicated and knowledgeable education abroad professionals whose own international experience has impacted our careers.

Our mission: “To bring international awareness to engineering students through study, work, and service opportunities”

Meredith Blumthal

Assistant Dean of International Academic Partnerships, International Programs in Engineering

  • Approves classes for the International Minor. Plus advises for faculty-led programs & Virtual Global Experiences.

Jana Gadbury

Associate Director, International Programs in Engineering

Jana also serves as the Incoming Exchange Coordinator. Provides general advising for Illinois students interested in studying abroad. Manages Grainger Engineering Reciprocal Exchange Agreements and Fee-Paying Agreement, as well as student billing and finances.

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Kim Bone

Events Coordinator & Course Scheduler

Kim is the IPENG office manager. She also plans and coordinates events as well as creates site visit itineraries for international visitors coming to campus through the IPENG office. Additionally, she is the Grainger Undergraduate Programs Office (UPO) course scheduler.

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Erika Brewer

Academic Advisor & Senior Coordinator of ZJUI Programs

Advises for: Asia programs in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, & Taiwan and Incoming ZJUI Exchange Students.

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Hannah Dougherty

Academic Advisor & Coordinator of International Programs

Advises for: general study abroad, faculty-led/short term programs, virtual & in-person internships, and RSO travel. She also supports global classrooms and faculty as well as the Global Engineering Ambassadors.

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Katie Kubitskey

Academic Advisor & International Programs Coordinator

Advises for: Outgoing European programs in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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Lucero Garcia-Villegas

Academic Advisor & International Programs Coordinator

Advises for: Outgoing European programs in Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, & England. Latin American programs in Argentina & Mexico. Most summer research programs and all GE3 programs.

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Amy Chen

ZJUI Record & Program Coordinator

Handles all the admission and records for the ZJUI Dual Degree Program.  Amy also handles the ZJUI transfer application.