Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 21. Click the names to read individual features about each student. Student Marshal – Nicholas Wijaya Major: Aerospace … Continue reading Fall 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored
Category: Women in Engineering
Sarah Baratta Major: Electrical engineering, emphasis in VLSI (Very-large-scale integration) Minor: International studies, focus in science and technology in Asia GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Career goal: To be passionate and interested in what I do (and not dread going to work!) Clubs/activities: Engr 160 and Cpr E 381 teaching assistant Awards/honors: Dean’s List, … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Sarah Baratta
Kayla Youngblood Major: Construction engineering, mechanical emphasis GPA: 3.59 Hometown: Jefferson, Iowa Career goal: To be a successful project manager for a construction company I am passionate about Clubs/activities: Sigma Kappa, Mechanical Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Awards/honors: Dean’s List, Green Energy Challenge: Best Presenter Award, Cardinal Scholarship Favorite place on … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kayla Youngblood
Jaclyn Ralfs Major: Software Engineering Minor: General Business GPA: 3.86 Hometown: Durant, Iowa Career goal: Overall in my career, I want to be continually challenged and given opportunities to learn. The tech industry is constantly changing and I want a career that keeps up with the newest technologies and their capabilities! Clubs/activities: Alpha Gamma Delta, … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Jaclyn Ralfs
Danielle Ufheil Major: Biological Systems Engineering, emphasis in Biorenewable Resources, Minor: Spanish GPA: 3.59 Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois Career goal: My overall career goal is to be able to apply my passion for sustainability to the development of innovative methods for repurposing and mitigating organic wastes. Clubs/activities: Engineers Without Borders, CoE Peer Mentor, Engineers for … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Danielle Ufheil
Courtney Smyth Major: Mechanical engineering Minor: Biomedical engineering GPA: 4.0 Hometown: Solon, Iowa Career goal: Work in a clinic as a CPO (Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist) to help patients in regaining their mobility, as well as being a lecturer/faculty member for one of the prosthetics and orthotics master’s programs across the country. Clubs/activities: Honors Program Student Ambassador, … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Courtney Smyth
Charlotte Brandenburg Major: Materials engineering: emphasis in metals and polymers Minor: Mathematics and German GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa Career goal: To be a materials researcher at NASA Clubs/activities: PrISUm Solar Car Team, Osteoceramics Research Lab, Teaching Assistant Awards/honors: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society Favorite place on campus: Lagomarcino courtyard in spring and … Continue reading Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Charlotte Brandenburg
The Leadership through Engineering Academic Diversity (LEAD) Program provides programs and services to support the academic, professional and social success and retention of multicultural, international and women students in engineering.
Emily Alexander credits an Engineering and Beyond summer camp she attended in high school as one of her most influential exposures to engineering and the Iowa State University campus. Having grown up just a half hour away in Des Moines, attending Iowa State was the easy decision when it came time for college, but she … Continue reading Medical mechanical engineer
Mette Lundsgaard (’81 elec engr) retired as an engineering manager at 3M and is now an active supporter of Iowa State University’s Women and Philanthropy Workshop and Iowa State’s Women in Science and Engineering and Engineers Without Borders. What was your experience like at Iowa State? My experience at ISU was fun and enriching. … Continue reading 4 questions with Cyclone Engineer Mette Lundsgaard
Armed with a fresh bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, Cynthia Lord headed east, joining Consolidated Edison of New York as a rotational engineer, where she worked with aspects of engineering and operations as well as marketing and finance. An early internship with Iowa Power and Light piqued her interest in the electric generation industry, … Continue reading Generating power and leadership
During the 2019 Pig Welfare Symposium, Suzanne Leonard presented the “Effects of one or two heat lamps on sow behavior and piglet performance in farrowing stalls.”
Trishelle Copeland-Johnson is a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering (MSE). She is currently researching the explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in 2011, and she recently was awarded the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Fellowship.
After being singled out as the only girl in an electricity class her first year of high school, Erin Mitchell swore she would never pursue a career in the STEM field. Now, a decade later, she works as an industrial engineer for Collins Aerospace in Melbourne, Florida. Mitchell, an alumna of Iowa State University’s industrial … Continue reading Inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers