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Ilka Balk

  • Career Development

Director of Engineering Career and Co-op Office




Ilka was named Director of Engineering Career Development in the fall of 2013. Engineering Career Development comprises the Co-operative Education Program, career preparation services and helping students transition from college to professional life. Ilka has been involved in the Co-op program as well as international programs in the College of Engineering since January 2006.

Ilka is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and has served as the secretary, chair elect, chair and past chair of its Co-operative and Experiential Education Division and recently chaired the Conference on Industry and Education Collaboration. She also is the staff advisor for UK’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter.

Before coming to Lexington in 2004, Ilka worked as a political consultant to candidates and campaigns in the Washington, D.C. area and for the European Election Campaign in Stuttgart, Germany.

Ilka is a native of northern Germany, and graduated with a master’s degree in political science, history and communications from the University of Göttingen, Germany.