College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

William Fettkether: Outstanding senior in materials engineering


Dunkerton, Iowa

Clubs and activities

I was involved in my major’s professional society, Material Advantage, as well as my church, St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Valuable hands-on learning in class 

My class time in the lab was most valuable to my learning. I was able to experience hands-on how to operate equipment and analyze the produced data. 

Out-of-the-classroom engineering experience 

I spent 4 years in Steve W. Martin’s research lab, and I would say that this opportunity has granted me the most valuable experience, showcasing the real-world applications of what I was learning in class. 

Most influential mentor 

My most influential mentor was Dr. Martin. He hired me into his lab as a freshman and has helped me grow into the researcher I am today. 

Greatest accomplishment

My greatest accomplishment at ISU was the incredible community of friends and loved ones I’ve made. These are people I’ll never forget and have helped me grow in every facet of my life. 

Plans after graduation 

After graduation, I will be beginning my PhD studies at Georgia Tech under Dr. Matt McDowell. 

Making my mark on the world 

My ultimate goal as an engineer is to create a sustainable future in energy.  

Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer 

I think something that separates ISU from other Material Engineering programs is the size, funding, and environment of the MSE department. I don’t think that any other Materials Engineering program would have equipped me to succeed like those in my department here did.