Julia Cilleruelo Fernandez del Moral, a junior majoring in energy engineering with the School of Engineering and Technology, has received the Women’s History Month Leadership Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to IUPUI.
As a study abroad student from Spain, Julia immediately felt a connection to IUPUI. “IUPUI was the one university that supported me the most”, she stated. “I connected with the students easily and even someone in the major I was interested in.”
After receiving a scholarship through the Honors College and the School of Engineering and Technology, Julia quickly was drawn to the mentoring program. She felt welcomed as an international student and a woman studying engineering. “Mentors encouraged me to be involved and I was inspired by them”, she said. “By sophomore year, I focused on mentoring freshman international students and women studying engineering. Armed with a big smile, and a handful of conversation-starters, I made sure people felt empowered to get the most out of their college experience. I became more interested in advocating for students.”
Julia now represents students in the Undergraduate Student Government, the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, serves as the President of the Engineering and Technology Student Council (ETSC), and served as an intern at Cummins. In addition, Julia has been named IUPUI’s Top 100 for 2021.
Thanks to all of her involvement history, she now has many connections across campus to give a strong voice to students who are international, minorities in engineering, in honors, or even social justice advocates. “I have even been able to make a drastic change and lead an initiative to have menstrual products in all restrooms on campus”, stated Julia. “I could have not asked for a better college experience, despite having been affected by COVID. Thank you to all the donors out there for having made such a big impact on my career. I am inspired by your generosity and would love to do the same when I am older.”