The Quintessential Engineer.

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Urbana, Illinois

In 2014 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign commissioned creation of a statue celebrating women in engineering. Chicago artist Julie Rotblatt-Amrany sculpted "The Quintessential Engineer," which was unveiled outside the university's Micro- and Nano-Technology Laboratory on April 28, 2017.

Rotblatt-Amrany's bronze sculpture features a young woman who's solving engineering problems on the run. Suspended in front of her face is one of those virtual floaty computer screens people are always tapping in sci-fi films; this particular screen is filled with mysterious waves.

The woman is frozen in mid-dash, her hair tousled by forward motion, atop a platform of hexagons labeled INSPIRATIONAL, INNOVATIVE, CONFIDENT, PIONEERING, PASSIONATE. At her feet the hexagons are rising and turning into books and circuit boards -- and then morphing into her pants. The Quintessential Engineer is a triumph of hybrid engineering!

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208 N. Wright St., Urbana, IL
On the campus of the University of Illinois. The statue is hidden from the street, on the quad (east) side of the Micro and Nano-Technology Laboratory, which is on the east side of US Hwy 45/Wright St. at its intersection with E. Stroughton St.
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