“As a student in industrial engineering, I have learned how we can design efficient systems to better conserve our resources. While working on sustainable solutions, I hope to inspire other engineers to strive for their goals and improve the lives of people in their communities.”
Hometown: Fort Dodge, Iowa (Go Dodgers!)
Clubs and activities: Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), Rapid Manufacturing Club, Alpha Pi Mu, Tau Beta Pi, Peer Mentor for the Industrial Engineers Are Leaders (IDEAL) Learning Community, Peer Mentor for the First-Year Honors Program, Iowa Statesmen Choir, undergraduate research assistant, undergraduate teaching assistant
Valuable hands-on learning experiences: Working as an undergraduate research assistant taught me to think differently and introduced me to new skills outside my regular classes. I am so grateful to learn from such a talented and fun research team, even if they later crushed me in intramural sports.
Influential mentor: I can vividly recall nervously walking into Frank Peters’ office during my first year to discuss potential research projects. A few semesters later, I realize that our conversation must have gone well because he ended up hiring me as an undergraduate research assistant, an undergraduate teaching assistant, and recently as a graduate research assistant.
Dr. Peters, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has been an inspiring role model, research mentor, and professor for me throughout my undergrad. His mentorship has truly been life-changing – not to mention his legendary BBQ.
Greatest accomplishment: Helping new students during their transition to Iowa State. I struggled during the initial weeks of my first semester, and I am so thankful for amazing peer mentors who provided reassurance and answered my many questions.
Through the Industrial Engineering and Honors learning communities, I had the opportunity to mentor over 40 students and make an impact that will last beyond my time at Iowa State.
Plans for after graduation: I will be heading to Austin, Texas, this summer to intern at Tesla! I will be joining the Production Control team at the Gigafactory as a Process Engineering Intern. After the internship, I will return to Iowa State to continue research and complete my master’s degree in industrial engineering.
Leaving my mark on the world: I believe our class of engineers has the talent and responsibility to create a better world for future generations. As a student in industrial engineering, I have learned how we can design efficient systems to better conserve our resources. While working on sustainable solutions, I hope to inspire other engineers to strive for their goals and improve the lives of people in their communities.
Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer. Cyclone Engineers have the opportunity to innovate through challenging projects and meeting amazing people.
There are so many engineering student organizations, research groups, and class projects that provide a diverse range of experiences to match your interests. By graduation, Cyclone Engineers have the knowledge and collaboration skills to make the world a little more awesome.