College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Madison Drent and Rachel Schmerbach receive Dean’s Leadership Award

The College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate juniors and seniors who show exemplary leadership outside of a single department or organization.

Students who receive this award demonstrated leadership on a college-wide, university, community or professional organization level. This year two winners were selected:

Madison Drent

Drent is a junior pursuing a degree in materials engineering, minoring in biomedical engineering and Spanish.

Drent is currently the vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, vice president of Volunteering for Students Helping Rescue Animals and the president of Alpha Lambda Delta – Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Additionally, Drent is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She was recently named Outstanding Club Leader of the Year by the Engineering Student Council.

Previously, Drent was a Destination Iowa State small group leader, special events chair for Freshmen Council and a President’s Leadership Class Member.

Rachel Schmerbach

Schmerbach is a senior in aerospace engineering, graduating this week. Schmerbach has taken on many leadership roles throughout her time at Iowa State.

Schmerbach has been an Aerospace Engineering peer mentor and a Women in Science and Engineering First-Year peer mentor. Schmerbach is also a WiSE student role model, and, previously, she was an Academic Success Tutor.