ELE Leadership Team


Michael Braida

Michael Braida (mbraida@iastate.edu) is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State. Michael is from Normal, Illinois and he loves to be outdoors, play with his dog, play video games, and hang out with friends in his free time. After graduation in May of 2020, Michael will be working at HNI in Muscatine, Iowa where he will begin as a Manufacturing Engineer in the early career development program. A future goal of Michael’s is to return to graduate school to pursue an MBA!


Anna Hentzel

Anna Hentzel (ahentzel@iastate.edu) is a junior in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Outside of class, she loves hanging out with friends, cooking and reading books – especially in a hammock! After graduation Anna hopes to gain some experience in her field that will eventually take Anna overseas.

Co-Vice President

Tahsin Islam

Tahsin Islam (taislam@iastate.edu) is a junior in Chemical Engineering and pursuing a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He is from Cedar Rapids, IA. For fun, he likes to enjoy the outside weather and play sports. After graduation, he hopes to work for a chemical company specializing in pharmaceuticals.

Co-Vice President 

Matthew Penick

Matthew (mapenick@iastate.edu) is a Sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. He is from Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb outside Minneapolis. In his free time Matthew enjoys cycling, reading, and board games. After graduation he hopes to earn either an MBA or a Masters in Engineering and work in the commercial space industry.


Austin Cothran

Austin (acotharn@iastate.edu) is a junior in mechanical engineering and is trying to get a double major in business. Austin is from Fitchburg, WI which is just outside of Madison. He enjoys getting out into nature to either play sports, wander or enjoy its beauty. He doesn’t have any huge plans after graduation yet but is planning on trying to find a job right away and living with some friends from high school until they all get some money.


Nathan Hamel

Nathan Hamel is a junior majoring in Industrial Engineering originally from Lakeville, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities). Next fall he plans to begin in the concurrent MBA program at Iowa State. With that he wants to work in a business oriented role at an engineering firm and work his way up to a larger leadership role. Outside of school Nathan enjoys supporting the Minnesota Twins and any Cyclone athletic teams! Two quick facts: Nathan has been to six Canadian provinces and loves scrambled eggs.


Caden Washburn

Caden Washburn is a sophomore in chemical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. He has been part of ELE for the last year and a half and has loved every second of it. Hope to see y’all at some meetings!

Publicity Chair

Lauren  Jean

Lauren Jean (lajean@iastate.edu) is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is from Los Angeles, CA but has moved to multiple cities in the United States. She enjoys dancing, singing, and snowboarding. After graduation, Lauren plans to go back to California and work for a chemical company specializing in ethanol production. She also plans to get an MBA in the future.

Cluster Liaison

Trace Kromminga

Trace Kromminga (tracek@iastate.edu) is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He is from Clarksville, which is in the northeast region of Iowa.  He has no plans for after graduation besides finding a job.  Out of school, he enjoys video games and doing math (although more out of obligation).