College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers share wisdom at the ROCK TALK

The panel takes questions after the ROCK TALKS

The Make to Innovate program at Iowa State welcomed five aerospace engineering professionals from Rockwell Collins to speak on Thursday evening in front of about 80 engineering students. The group, with professions that ranged from engineers to directors, discussed their careers, experiences, and advice in five short and engaging “ROCK TALKS” in Alliant Energy – Lee Liu Auditorium.

Marieda Freese, Ben Wehrkamp,  Aashish Aroon, Shaun Humes, and Jaclyn Hoke gave lessons such as finding your passion, the importance of listening to your customer, and the predicting the future of commercial aviation.

Based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rockwell Collins is a designer and producer of flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, and mission communications. Rockwell Collins’ electronic systems can be found in nearly every air transport aircraft in the world.

After the talks, the group took questions from Iowa State students and shared advice on getting internships and what it means to be successful as an engineer. They also interacted with students at a meet and greet afterwards in the atrium of Howe Hall.