“As an electrical engineer with a minor in biomedical engineering, I want to be able to apply my knowledge in the medical field to design devices which can directly impact the health and well-being of a community.”
Clubs and activities: Robotics Club, Navigators, and a variety of intramural sports
Valuable hands-on learning experience: My two co-ops were the most valuable learning opportunities because they allowed me to gain a lot of industry experience that is difficult to simulate in an academic setting. I had a great group of co-workers at both Doosan Bobcat and CNH Industrial that encouraged my growth as an engineer.
Most influential mentors: Liang Dong, Vikram L. Dalal Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Meng Lu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been great mentors for me in my last couple semesters. Dr. Lu was my senior design advisor for two semesters and challenged my team and me to take on a project outside the scope of our individual majors. Dr. Dong encouraged me to pursue my interest in biosensors and mentored me in that field for the past two semesters, in which I was able to be one of his students as well as complete an independent study with him.
Greatest accomplishment: From an engineering standpoint, my greatest accomplishment was working with my team to complete our senior design project. It broadened our knowledge beyond electrical engineering, using DNA synthesis for the purposes of data storage, which required a lot of background knowledge of biology. Being able to work through the challenges of a complex system and have a functioning process was well worth the challenge.
Plans after graduation: I have accepted a full-time position as an electrical engineer at ICU Medical in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Making my mark on the world: As an electrical engineer with a minor in biomedical engineering, I want to be able to apply my knowledge in the medical field to design devices that can directly impact the health and well-being of a community.
Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer: I think the thing that has made Iowa State engineering stand out to me is the availability of opportunity. While clubs and other student organizations provided a lot of opportunity to collaborate with engineers outside of my major, I found many of my more memorable experiences to be working directly with faculty.
Right away, during my first year, I had the opportunity to be an undergraduate research assistant, and since then, I have been able to work with other faculty members either in their lab or on another specific project for them. Each professor I worked with was eager to provide an opportunity for me to expand my learning outside of the classroom.