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Ilka Balk

Ilka Balk

Director of Engineering Career Development

University of Kentucky College of Engineering

Engaged career development and international programs professional with a decade of experience in program development, employer relations, student advising, and collaboration within and across institutions. As Director of the Engineering Career Development group, my professional goal is to connect UK Engineering students wit...

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Georg-August Universität Göttingen

M.A., Political Science

Studied Political Science at one the of most historic and prominent universities in Germany. Emphasis on US Electoral System; Master's Thesis on the Influence of Money in the US Electoral System using the example of EMILY's List; July 1995

University of Kentucky College of Engineering

Director of Engineering Career Development

Outreach to potential and current employers and develop strategies to help employers establish a presence on campus. This includes meeting with companies to assess their needs for interns/co-ops, full time employees, research and collaborations.
Advise students on professional experience, job search strategies and interviewing skills.

Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration

General Conference Chair - Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration

Manage logistics for Conference For Industry and Education Collaboration. Responsible for all aspects of the conference: identify keynote speakers, work with program chairs to assemble and schedule workshops and presentations, work with hotel and catering staff; create 2017 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration conference theme; support planning of 2016 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration; recruit and convene 2017 CIEC management team; plan and emcee 2016 CIEC Awards luncheon and communicate with 2015 award winners to recognize them at the 2016 conference; responsible for marketing the 2017 conference