College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Civil engineering alum’s career inspired by 4-H project

Described in the March 15, 2017, article “Award-winning engineer’s career inspired by 4-H project,” Rachel Pichelmann (BSCE2009) recalls one test in particular in high school.

“I remember taking some sort of career aptitude test and it showed that I should pursue some sort of science or technology career,” Pichelmann said. “I still remember thinking, ‘Oh, whatever … women don’t do that.’”

The Iowa State University civil engineering alumna was recently recognized as the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS) Young Engineer of the Year. She also received the Society of American Military Engineers’ Young Engineer Award last month.

What made this engineer change her mind about science and technology? The answer can be found in a detailed 4-H project.

Check out “Award-winning engineer’s career inspired by 4-H project,” as featured on-line by Prairie Publishing MN.