College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Andrew Sailer: Outstanding senior in electrical engineering


Ames, Iowa

Clubs and activities

I have played trumpet for the Iowa State Marching Band and the Iowa State Men’s Basketball Pep Band for 5 years.  

Valuable hands-on learning in class 

The senior design capstone project in ECpE is a chance for students to make the most of an awesome opportunity by working with other students of varying backgrounds. Having the ability to be a productive member of a group in a project like senior design is invaluable as an engineer, and I’m grateful to Iowa State for the chance to grow this skill while participating in an interesting project. 

Out-of-the-classroom engineering experience 

The past two summers I’ve interned as an Instrumentation & Controls Engineer with Black & Veatch in Kansas City, KS. I learned so many things from the engineers I worked with. I gained time management, communication, and teamwork skills that I’ve been able to apply to my coursework here at Iowa State. 

Most influential mentor 

Christian Carichner, associate director of bands. I’ve made countless memories, friends, and experiences in both the Marching Band and Men’s Basketball Pep Band. Mr. Carichner has taught me lessons on how to be a better person and, most importantly, what it truly means to be a leader. He’s helped prepare me for my leadership roles in the band, and for any other leadership roles to come in my career. 

Best memory 

Interviewing for 1st Trumpet Captain in the Marching Band. This was a big step outside of my comfort zone, but it led to many eye-opening experiences. 

Plans after graduation 

I have accepted a position as an Instrumentation & Controls Engineer with Black & Veatch in Des Moines, and I plan to start in June of this year. 

Engineering career services impact 

Without Engineering Career Services, I wouldn’t have been able to interview with Black & Veatch during the fall of 2021. Enrolling in their brief summer course provided me with the framework to set meaningful goals with my supervisor and tips to be a better professional. 

Making my mark on the world 

At Black & Veatch, I have the opportunity to make a difference in communities around the world through my work in water treatment. 

Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer 

My journey through the College of Engineering has been full of academic challenges, as it should be. I’m very satisfied with the courses I’ve taken and the skills I’ve learned. If given the opportunity to go back through knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t change much!