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Will Galles: Outstanding senior in computer engineering 

Will Galles


Remsen, Iowa 

Clubs and activities 

I was a very active member of the PrISUm Solar Car team, primarily focusing on the software systems in the car. 

Valuable hands-on learning in class 

I enjoyed the course projects in CprE 488 (Embedded Systems Design) the most during my time at Iowa State. The five lab projects, alongside the final projects, were some of the most engaging projects I had the opportunity to work on here at Iowa State. They all gave a very in-depth look into what embedded systems were, and I learned so many different ideas and techniques from the class. The projects were also the coolest class projects that I have been a part of, from vision-controlled quadcopters to autonomous Roombas actively tracking down targets in their vision. 

Out-of-classroom engineering experience 

The most influential learning opportunities that I had outside of class were my co-op and two internships. These positions gave me the opportunity to do engineering work in industry and learn the differences between the classroom and the real world. What I learned during those jobs was very impactful in planning my future and what I wanted to pursue after graduation.  

Most influential mentor 

I think that my most influential mentor while at Iowa State would be Henry Duwe, a professor in the EcpE department. I had multiple classes with him, and he was also my advisor for my senior design project. He was so impactful to me because he always strove to make sure that I was mastering the material to the best of my ability. He actively went out of his way to make sure that the material from class was being digested and understood. He would always push you to achieve to the best of your abilities, which would usually end up with you accomplishing more than you ever thought possible. Overall, Dr. Duwe has been one of the best influences I have had during my time here at Iowa State.  

Greatest accomplishment 

I think that my greatest accomplishment and memory at Iowa State was being a part of the PrISUm Solar car team that competed in the Formula Sun Gran Prix and American Solar Challenges in the summers of 2021 and 2022. This is one of my greatest accomplishments because we built the entire electrical system for the car from the ground up in a short time span. When I first entered Iowa State in the fall of 2019 and joined the solar car team, they had just started out designing a brand-new electrical system for the new car that was being built. In a short two years (through a pandemic), we created a fully functioning system that allowed us to compete in the summer of 2021. After competing in 2021, we spent the next year improving the car and competing again in the summer of 2022. Overall, this was and still is one of my favorite projects during my time at Iowa State.  

Plans after graduation 

I will be joining the Boeing Company as a software engineer. 

Making my mark on the world 

I hope to propel technology forward and create a safer world in the process. As an engineer, I hope I can make the world a better place through my work.  

Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer 

I think that one thing that has stuck out to me during my time working with other Cyclone Engineers and others who received their engineering education elsewhere would be how well Cyclone Engineers work as a team. Every project I have had the chance to work with other Cyclone Engineers on has had a great team dynamic, and everyone is working for the betterment of the team. This was something I did not see during my time working with other engineers out in the world, and I will be grateful for the other Cyclone Engineers I have been on a team with.