Rebecca Reck

Ph.D. Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area
Industry
Higher Education

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Rebecca Reck's Overview

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Education
  • Lake Fenton High School
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Rebecca Reck's Summary

I am currently pursing a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My research areas of interest include controls, signal processing, and engineering education. Specific areas of controls and signal processing research include the design and modeling of intelligent controls, Kalman filters, and automation. Engineering education research includes curriculum and laboratory development of these concepts.

Rebecca Reck's Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area

Volunteer Experience

Various Non Profit organizations

April 2003Present (11 years 6 months)

Rebecca Reck's Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering

20132016 (expected)

Activities and Societies: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), College Teaching Effectiveness Network (CTEN)

Iowa State University

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

20052010

Thesis Research: Techniques for saving fuel using an autothrottle

Activities and Societies: Engineering Distance Education

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

20012005

Graduated with cum laude honors, Minor in Mathematics

Activities and Societies: IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, Dance Team, Delta Delta Delta, Pep Band

Lake Fenton High School

19972001

Rebecca Reck's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • IEEE Program Evaluator

      ABET
      • Education
      March 2012 present (2 years 7 months)

      -Evaluator for Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology programs
      -Evaluator for Systems Engineering Technology programs

    • President, Student Chapter

      American Society for Engineering Education
      • Education
      June 2014 present (4 months)

      -Created strategic plan for chapter
      -Led the executive board

    • Social Media Coordinator

      College Teaching Effectiveness Network
      • Education
      May 2014 present (5 months)

      -Created a plan for engaging members on social media
      -Advertised events on social media
      -Coordinated a diverse panel of professors to provide guidance about securing a job at a primarily undergraduate institution

    • GradSWE at Illinois Committee Member

      Society of Women Engineers
      • Science and Technology
      September 2013 present (1 year 1 month)

      -Organized sessions for undergraduate students on applying to graduate school
      -Recruited graduate student volunteers for section outreach events
      -Facilitated lunch session on branding and social media
      -Advertised selected section events to graduate students
      -Coordinated social media coverage of weSTEM 2014 and 2015

    • Curriculum Committee Member

      Society of Women Engineers
      • Science and Technology
      October 2012 present (2 years)

      -Interviewed Society leaders to identify current curriculum offerings
      -Researched curriculum offerings of other professional organizations
      -Helped identify top 10 list of improvements for the Society's curriculum program

    • East Central Iowa Section Representative

      Society of Women Engineers
      • Science and Technology
      July 2011 June 2013 (2 years)

      -Developed section reorganization plan with president
      -Led discussions to create section goals and strategic plan
      -Planned multiple fiscal year calendar of events for the section
      -Launched new section website
      -Authored news updates for section website
      -Facilitated information sessions at Rockwell Collins to ensure women colleagues knew what opportunities were available as a member of the Society
      -Prepared and assembled section reports for the Region H Governor
      -Mentored new leaders in the section to be more self-aware
      -Participated in an Engineering Panel for high school women interested in engineering
      -Organized an afternoon of engineering based activities for Girl Scouts

    • E-Media Chair

      Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta
      March 2010 March 2013 (3 years 1 month)

      • Created a new website for the chapter
      • Mentored new leaders in the chapter
      • Coordinated with other officers to execute chapter plan for the year

    • Computers Merit Badge Counselor

      Boy Scouts of America, Illowa Council
      February 2012 present (2 years 8 months)

      Assist Boy Scouts in earning the Computers Merit Badge

    • TEAMS Essay Judge

      Technology Student Association, High School TEAMS Competition
      • Science and Technology
      March 2013 present (1 year 7 months)

      The TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) program is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.

    • Assistant Judge

      FIRST Tech Challenge - Iowa Championship
      • Science and Technology
      February 2013 present (1 year 8 months)

      FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

    • Preliminary Model Judge and Preliminary Presentation Judge - Iowa Regional Competition

      National Engineers Week Future City Competition
      • Science and Technology
      January 2013 present (1 year 9 months)

      The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.

    • President

      Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta
      March 2011 March 2012 (1 year 1 month)

      • Led officer retreat for the chapter
      • Mentored new leaders in the chapter
      • Coordinated with other officers to execute chapter plan for the year

    • TEAMS Essay Judge

      Technology Student Association, High School TEAMS Competition
      • Science and Technology
      March 2012 present (2 years 7 months)

      The TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) program is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges. After participating in TEAMS, students increase their knowledge of engineering, feel more confident about participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and increase their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.

    • Preliminary Model Judge and Preliminary Presentation Judge - Iowa Regional Compeition

      National Engineers Week Future City Competition
      • Science and Technology
      January 2012 present (2 years 9 months)

      The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.

    • Communications Secretary

      Society of Women Engineers - East Central Iowa Section
      • Science and Technology
      June 2010 July 2011 (1 year 2 months)

      • Created a new website for the section
      • Managed social media for the section

    • Vice President

      Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta
      March 2010 March 2011 (1 year 1 month)

      • Planned chapter calendar for the year
      • Coordinated notifications of each event
      • Reviewed and updated chapter bylaws

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Education
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Society of Women Engineers
      • IEEE
      • Eta Kappa Nu
      • Delta Delta Delta
      • American Society for Engineering Education

Rebecca Reck's Publications

  • Using an autothrottle to compare techniques for saving fuel on a regional jet aircraft

    • M.S. Thesis, ECpE Department, Iowa State University
    • July 2010
    Authors: Rebecca Reck
  • Using an Autothrottle to Compare Techniques for Saving Fuel on a Regional Jet

    • AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2010 Proceedings
    • April 22, 2010
    Authors: Rebecca Reck

    With rising fuel costs there is an initiative to conserve fuel during flight. Several methods have been proposed to calculate an optimum speed to fly during cruise flight to maximize the range of a particular aircraft. This paper compares six of these methods using the same aircraft model and discusses how to implement these techniques in an autothrottle. Alternative implementations also include adding the algorithm to the Flight Management System to use during flight planning, or to including it in the databases to use during dispatch calculations. The results show that the speeds calculated by these methods are more fuel efficient than the usual cruise operating speed.

Rebecca Reck's Certifications

  • Lean Associate

    • Rockwell Collins
  • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer

    • National Instruments
    • January 2014 to January 2016
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate

    • Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • April 2014

Rebecca Reck's Courses

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Decision Analysis I (GE 450)
    • Stochastic Processes & Applications (IE 410)
    • College Teaching (EOL 585)
    • Data-Based Systems Modeling (GE 524)
    • Financial Computing (IE 523)
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    • Quality Methods (MA 385)
    • Engineering Statistics I (MA 223)
    • Communication Systems (ECE 310)
    • Nonlinear Control Systems (ECE 420)
    • Control Systems I (ECE 520)
    • Linear Control Systems (ECE 320)
    • Digital Systems (ECE 333)
    • Signals & Systems (ECE 300)
    • Analog Electronics (ECE 350)
    • Electromagnetic Fields (ECE 340)
    • Control Systems II (ECE 521)
    • Electromagnetic Waves (ECE 341)
    • Engineering Statistics II (MA 383)
  • Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

    Iowa State University

    • Optimal Control (EE 574)
    • Kalman Filtering (EE 573)
    • Digital Feedback Control (EE 576)
    • Systems Engineering and Analysis (EE 565)
    • Digital Signal Processing (EE 524)
    • Project Management (MIS 437)
    • Nonlinear Systems (EE 578)
    • Linear Systems (EE 577)
  • Independent Coursework

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Introduction to C++

Rebecca Reck's Skills & Expertise

  1. Matlab
  2. Simulink
  3. MS Project
  4. LaTeX
  5. Joomla
  6. Visio
  7. Google Docs
  8. Microsoft Office
  9. Minitab
  10. Controls
  11. Signal Processing
  12. Telelogic DOORS
  13. Systems Engineering
  14. Requirements Traceability
  15. DO-178B
  16. ARP-4754A
  17. Functional Requirements
  18. Testing
  19. System Requirements
  20. ARINC 429
  21. System Design
  22. Aerospace
  23. Avionics
  24. Aircraft
  25. Program Management
  26. Engineering
  27. Requirements Management
  28. Electrical Engineering
  29. Software Documentation
  30. Labview
  31. Project Management
  32. Engineering Management
  33. Earned Value Management
  34. Configuration Management
  35. Simulations
  36. Software Engineering

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Rebecca Reck's Additional Information

Rebecca Reck's Honors and Awards

  • Cum Laude Honors

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    • May 2005

    A graduating student with a cumulative GPA of 3.300 or more shall be awarded the degree cum laude.

  • Dean's List - 8 quarters

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    • February 2005

    A student who is enrolled full-time in a given academic term and who completes that term with a grade point average of 3.300 or more shall be awarded Dean's List honors for that term.

  • New Faces of Engineering 2013

    Society of Women Engineers
    • February 2013

    For more than a decade, the new Faces of engineering Program has recognized the accomplishments of early–career engineers, highlighting the breadth of possibilities an engineering career offers, and at the same time, putting a youthful face on the profession.

Rebecca Reck's Projects

  • Society of Women Engineers Webinar: How to Survive and Thrive in Graduate School

    • October 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Rebecca Reck, Anne Rocheleau

    New graduate students are often surprised by the demands of their studies, which are so different than their undergraduate or professional careers. To succeed, they need to acclimate to a new school and city as well as balance life, advanced studies, research, and work. This session will provide techniques for adapting to and planning for this new challenge, and an opportunity to learn from successes and failures of experienced graduate students. Students will develop methods to manage time and organize information, allowing them to thrive in graduate school-and still have a life!

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