2020 – 2021

Scholar Profiles

Hannah Blumhoefer

Aerospace  Engineering

Hannah is from New Ulm, Minnesota

Hannah plans on specializing in either wind energy or aerodynamics and is considering attending graduate school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

Aaron Bodenham

Mechanical  Engineering

Aaron is from Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Aaron chose to study Mechanical Engineering because he was fascinated by the mechanical devices that surrounded him in everyday life. He was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to his academic studies, he is involved with the competitive trapshooting club at Iowa State, as well as the Formula SAE club. He was elected by members of the Formula SAE to serve as a Team Lead within the Formula team for the 2020-2021 season. He anticipates pursuing a concurrent MBA in addition to his mechanical engineering degree, with the hope that the concurrent degrees will be an asset to create a successful career.

Charles Bruchal 

Materials Science and Engineering

Charles is from Seattle, Washington.

Charles chose Iowa State, not only for the great engineering program and the social fit, but also to continue his family’s legacy at Iowa State University. His Great-Grandfather, was the head of Veterinary Anatomy Medicine at ISU and his Grandfather earned his master’s degree in Metallurgy at Iowa State and worked at the Ames Laboratory. His area of study includes metals, ceramics and the additive manufacturing of metals He was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. He is the Outreach Committee Chair for the Material Advantage student organization and recipient of a First-Year Honors Mentor Program Grant.

Lauren Burton

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Lauren is from Knoxville, Iowa.

Lauren is undertaking undergraduate research in addition to her academic studies in chemical engineering. Her research concerning polymers began during spring semester 2020. She is looking into internships and a possible career in an area related to energy when she graduates.

Cassidy Carolan

Mechanical Engineering

Cassidy is from Decorah, Iowa.

Cassidy chose to study at Iowa State University because of the many opportunities to participate in research and to work with companies in real world settings and the faculty she met demonstrated passion for their work and dedication to helping students achieve their dreams. She chose to study mechanical engineering because it offered a broader base of knowledge and diverse post-graduation career options. She is a National Merit Scholar, member of the University Honors Program, and was named to the Dean’s List for both fall semester 2019 and spring semester 2020. During spring semester 2020, she became part of the First-Year Honors Mentor Program and began working with The Bentil Group as an undergraduate research assistant. The goal of the research is to characterize the mechanical properties of the brain as it responds to shock waves. She received a grant from the ISU Honors Program for this research and presented a poster on her research at the virtual ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. Because of her research, she is exploring a research-based career, possibly in the medical field. In addition, she is a member of the Cyclone Marching Band and will be a section guide fall semester 2020. She is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma, the service sorority that promotes and assists the band program and is on the executive board of the Colleges Against Cancer club which organizes events and fundraisers throughout the year to support the American Cancer Society.

Bailey Coan

Mechanical Engineering

Bailey is from Waterloo, Iowa.

Bailey was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

Aniston Cumbie

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Anniston is from Shawnee, Kansas.

Anniston chose to come to Iowa State University after visiting campus during her junior year of high school. She was looking for a university with a strong engineering program and during her tour of campus saw things she was looking for in a college. She is majoring in Civil Engineering and plans to earn a masters degree through the five-year program in Structural Engineering. After college, her goal is to receive her Professional Engineer License and design bridges. She credits her middle school engineering teacher for instilling her unwavering desire to become an engineer, and her fascination with bridges, after building a bridge out of toothpicks in her class. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list fall 2019. In addition to her focus on academics, she is a member of the Iowa State Water-Ski team where she competed in tournaments on the weekends during the 2019 fall semester.

Ellie Diersen

Aerospace  Engineering

Ellie is from Kiron, Iowa.

Ellie is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and planning on minoring in Computer Science. She is in the University Honors Program. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. She a part of the OpenUAS research group within the Aerospace Engineering Department. After graduation, she is planning to pursue a career in the commercial flight industry designing autonomous aircraft.

Kaleb Dunsbergen

Aerospace Engineering

Kaleb is from Stevensville, Michigan.

Kaleb chose to study at Iowa State University as his father was an ISU Engineering graduate in Mechanical Engineering in 1994. He was pleased to be selected to participate in the Scholars program as his father is a Tau Beta Pi member and enjoyed his experience. Kaleb was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

Emily Green

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Emily is from Princeville, Illinois.

Emily is studying Civil Engineering within the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department.  She looks forward to qualifying for  Tau Beta Pi membership as a junior of senior and becoming a member of Iowa Alpha.

Elizabeth Griffin

Materials Science and Engineering

Elizabeth is from Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth chose to attend Iowa State University because of the great engineering programs and welcoming community. Her goal is to become involved in materials research, studying eco-friendly alternatives for plastics. She is a member of the University Honors Program.  She is also involved in Engineers Without Borders and is working on a project to help women in Ghana improve their business of selling shea nuts.

Ash Gutierrez

Mechanical Engineering

Ash is from Sioux City, Iowa.

Ash chose to attend Iowa State University because it was recommended by his high school as an excellent college for engineering. He selected mechanical engineering as a major because it provides for many areas of study. He is involved in TEAM, The Engineering Ambassador and Mentor Program. He enjoys being able to speak to prospective students and tell them about the University. For leisure, he enjoys participating in board games. He is the first member of his family to attend college and hopes that earning an engineering degree will set a precedent that he can pass on to his younger brothers. After graduation he hope to find employment as a mechanical engineer in industry and be able to pay off the debt he is incurring as a student.

Erica Hollander

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Erica is from Chicago, Illinois.

Erica came to Iowa State University as an Undeclared Engineering student, but through the guidance she received during orientation, decided to study Software Engineering. She credits the student services Iowa State offers, such as Supplemental Instruction and Office Hours, in helping her create a solid foundation in coding and excel in all of her classes. She considered the extra work in coding class during her first semester particularly valuable since the knowledge of how the computer language C worked made it easier for her to think through the logic of the problems in other classes. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to academics, she plans to teach an Honors 121 seminar as a First-Year Honors Program (FHP) Leader. She is also a member of The Engineering Ambassador and Mentorship Program (TEAM), and plans to participate in meetings of Digital Women.

Jolie Jacobus

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Jolie is from Saint Charles, Illinois.

Jolie chose to attend Iowa State University mainly due to its welcoming atmosphere and the belief that it would prepare her well for a future career in engineering. She chose to major in industrial engineering after hearing about the program during ISU Scholars’ Day and learning of the emphasis given in the program to improving industrial processes. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to her academic studies she is President of Henderson House in Friley Hall. She is very involved in the Iowa State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, serving as the club’s secretary. She is also a Student Role Model for the Program for Women in Science and Engineering doing STEM activities with K-12 students to promote the STEM field. She has not decided what she wants to do following graduation and is looking forward to exploring the many options available to her.

Caitlyn Kleine

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Caitlyn is from Peoria, Illinois.

Caitlyn chose to come to Iowa State University because of the engineering program, the Honors community, the large student population, and the overall feel of the campus. She notes that as soon as she visited campus for a tour, she knew it was where she wanted to attend college as it felt like home. She chose to specialize in civil engineering because she enjoys math, solving problems, and working with structures.  She plans to pursue a career in civil engineering when she graduates from college. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to her academic studies, she is actively involved in numerous organizations on campus. She is in the University Honors Program and was chosen to be a Freshman Honors Program co-leader as a sophomore. She has served as a tutor for students studying Business Calculus and found she enjoyed helping others but also found it a great learning experience for herself. Student organizations in which participates include Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She also enjoys playing intramural volleyball and sometimes practices with the club volleyball team.

Ella Knott

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ella is from Des Moines, Iowa.

Ella is studying Cyber Security Engineering. She chose to attend Iowa State because of its strong educational reputation and her general familiarity with the campus as many of her high school’s extracurricular programs were hosted through the university. She chose Cyber Security Engineering due to her passion for languages and technology and her participated as a high school student in Hyperstream, an extracurricular course that taught cyber security and prepared students for Iowa State’s annual Cyber Defense Competition. When she discovered that Iowa State had a new major created specifically for Cyber Security, she knew she had to be a part of it. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list the fall 2019 semester.

Madison Lakomek

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Madison is from Munster, Indiana.

Madison is studying Electrical Engineering. When she first visited Iowa State University, she liked its intimate atmosphere, along with the sprawling beauty of central campus. The University’s emphasis on cutting edge education and the strong engineering program increased her inclination to come to Ames. A love for math and science and an abundance of electricians within her family, influenced her decision to study electrical engineering. She hopes to work in the power industry with a focus on integrating renewable resources into the existing electric system upon graduation. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Outside of academics, she is involved in many organizations and clubs. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity and serves on the recruitment team and as a volunteer to support and raise money for ACCESS, the domestic abuse center in Ames. She is also a member of the YWCA Girls Powers Mentor Program which focuses on the education and empowerment of women by pairing Iowa State female students with Ames Middle School Girls and has been elected coordinator of the program for the 2020-21 school year. She also enjoys participating in various intramurals and homecoming and Greek week events.

Alexis Lambros

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Alexis is from Bridgeton, Missouri.

Alexis is majoring in the Chemical Engineering and plans to undertake a course of study with an environmental emphasis. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Outside of academics, she actively participates in Engineers without Borders and the Society of Women Engineers. She also serves as Fundraising Chair for the Water Polo Club. When she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry with emphasis on biorenewables.

Mira Luke

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Mira is from Huxley, Iowa.

Mira is studying civil engineering. She is in the Honors Program and recipient of a First-Year Honors Mentor Program Grant working on a project concerning the investigation of concrete under environmental and mechanical stressors. She is in a working group with two other Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering students under the direction of Faculty mentor Behrouz Shafei. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. She is a cabinet officer of the Iowa State University chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers serving as Treasurer.

Kylie Mathison

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Kylie is from Aurora, Illinois.

Kylie has the goal of completing undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and German after which she plans to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to her academic studies, she is a cabinet office of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society – Alpha Pi Mu serving as the Social Media chairperson.

Jessica Melville

Aerospace Engineering

Jessica is from Sioux City, Iowa

Jessica chose to attend Iowa State University because of its excellent engineering program and its beautiful campus, as well as the many academic and research opportunities offered. Her goal upon completing her undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering is to enter the workforce. She hopes to be employed building spacecraft for a few years before returning to school to complete a master’s and doctoral program. She is a member of the University Honors Program and was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Outside of academics she is active in the Society of Women Engineers. She participated in undergraduate research during the spring semester 2020, helping program small pieces of a runtime monitor framework. She continues to do undergraduate research and is serving as a peer mentor for the aerospace engineering freshmen learning communities.

Aline Milach Teixeira

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Aline is from Johnston, Iowa.

Aline is studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in biochemistry. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree and likely a PhD in Chemical Engineering. In addition to her academic studies, she is part of the sustainability committee of student government and helps regulate the Green Initiatives Fund. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

 Brendan Miller

Mechanical Engineering

Brendan is from Clear Lake, Iowa.

Brenden chose to attend Iowa State University to study Mechanical Engineering based on its reputation as a great engineering school and because it is close to his home in Clear Lake, Iowa. He was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list the fall 2019 semester.

Maggie O’Neill

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Maggie is from Shawnee, Kansas.

Maggie is studying Biosystems Engineering with a Bioenvironmental focus. When she completes her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a career as an Environmental or Water Resources Engineer. She is in the University Honor’s Program and was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to her academic studies, she is active in The Society of Women Engineers. She also participates in other clubs and organizations. In the future, she hopes to increase her involvement and continue to contribute in helping the Iowa State community.

Rebecca Patush

Materials Science and Engineering

Rebecca is from Joliet, Illinois.

Rebecca was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. In addition to academics, she is active in the Materials Science and Engineering student organization, Materials Advantage, serving as a cabinet officer responsible for leading the Sophomore Outreach Committee.

Jenna Runge

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jenna is from Solon, Iowa.

Jenna is studying Electrical Engineering. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Scholarship for Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineers as Leaders (ECSEL). Following graduation, she hopes to enter the workforce as an engineer focused on renewable energy and sustainability.

Laura Stowater

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Laura is from Algona, Iowa.

Laura chose to attend Iowa State University because of its stellar engineering programs and tradition of excellence. She was very active in undertaking research for science fairs and 4-H throughout high school and continues to assist 4-H youth in her county by conducting workshops. She was selected for a summer internship at a food processing facility as an operations intern. She hopes to become involved in conducting undergraduate research. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and hopes to have a career conducting research at a university or in industry.

Ryan Turner

Aerospace Engineering

Ryan is from Dubuque, Iowa.

Ryan chose to attend Iowa State University to study Aerospace Engineering due to his love for science, math, and aviation. In addition to his academic studies, his is President of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity.

Ellenor Whitney

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Eleanor is from Morristown, Minnesota.

Ellenor came to Iowa State University as an undeclared engineering student. However, after interacting with various civil engineering professors, students, and industry professionals, she decided to major in Civil Engineering believing it will provide her an engaging and exciting career. She is a member of the University’s Honor Program and recipient of a First-Year Honors Mentor Program Grant to undertake research in seismic structural design under the direction of Faculty mentor, Dr. Hartanto Wibowo. She was on the College of Engineering Dean’s list both fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Outside of academics, she is the Vice President of Communications for the Iowa State University student chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She plans to continue to seek out experiences on campus that will enhance her learning and prepare her for a future career as a Civil Engineer.

Katie Wyatt

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Katie is from West Des Moines, Iowa.

Katie chose to attend Iowa State University because of numerous factors including: the academic and engineering programs, the variety of activities offered, the beautiful campus, the time she spent on campus as a youth attending Iowa State events, and being a third-generation Cyclone. She chose to major in Industrial Engineering because in offered a variety of fields where useful in the future. In addition to her academic studies, she is involved in choir and the Society of Women Engineers, and will be a Cyclone Aide for the 2020-21 school year.