“I am proud to be a Cyclone Engineer because of the diverse skill set I have gained while at Iowa State. I have learned the importance of creating and improving systems to better sustain the future and hope to use this knowledge to drive innovation into the workplace everywhere I go.”
Major: Industrial engineering
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Clubs and activities: Undergraduate teaching assistant, ISU Study abroad, Alpha Pi Mu, ASC Tutor, undergraduate research assistant, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), Tau Beta Pi, intramurals
Valuable hands-on learning experience: Working throughout my internships gave me the opportunity to learn and interact with people in completely new environments. I saw glimpses of every IE course taken in many aspects of my daily work life. Through these experiences, I have been able to amplify my knowledge gained in the classroom.
Most influential mentor: Two of the most influential mentors are Leslie Potter, teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Michael Helwig, teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. Both of these individuals are truly committed to their students professionally and personally. Whether that be constantly pushing their students to achieve more or offering support any time of the day, they have taught me to never stop reaching for goals.
Best memory: My best memories at Iowa State have been made in the student section of Cyclone athletic events. From storming the field after a football win over OSU to winning the Cy-Hawk men’s basketball game at home, I can always count on some Cyclone Power for a good time.
Plans for after graduation: I will be working for Deloitte as a business technology analyst in Austin, Texas.
Making my mark on the world: As an industrial engineer, our ultimate goal is to improve systems to help people. I have learned the importance of creating and improving systems to better sustain the future and hope to use this knowledge to drive innovation into the workplace everywhere I go.
Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer: I am proud to be a Cyclone Engineer because of the diverse skill set I have gained while at Iowa State. At the beginning, I was scared to “Choose my own adventure,” because I really wasn’t sure what my four years would look like, just because of the sheer amount of opportunities presented to us. In the end, I am so glad I jumped for as many as I could as it ultimately shaped me into the Cyclone Engineer I am today.