The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at Iowa State University is a group of electrical, computer, and software engineering students currently enrolled in an undergraduate EE, CprE, or SE program of study at Iowa State who are interested in the vitality of the ECpE department. The committee acts as a consultant to the ECpE department chair to strengthen the department’s undergraduate academic and outreach programs; improve its facilities usage as it pertains to undergraduate teaching and research; and expand its available support to current students and future alumni. SAC members actively participate in the continual assessment of the department’s progress and the development of policies and activities as they pertain to the undergraduate experience in the department.
SAC members actively assist in recruiting new members, as well. The committee serves at the discretion of the ECpE department chair.
2016-17 Student Advisory Committee Standing Members
IEEE Student Chapter President
Claudia Athens, current president
Quinn Murphy, PAST president
HKN Student Chapter President
Cameron Cornick, current president
Digital Women president
Ashley Dvorsky, current president
Gabby Ortman, PAST president
SE SAC Representative
Engineering Student Council Representative
Katie Woltkamp, Co-President
Sara K. Jones – ECpE Graduate Student
Thomas Moll – ECpE Undergraduate Student
Claudia Athens is a sophomore in Computer Engineering from Des Moines, Iowa. She became interested in engineering after taking a programming class during her junior year of high school. She is actively involved in the department as the President of IEEE. She is also a member of Digital Women and will be initiated into Eta Kappa Nu this fall. Her hobbies include playing tennis, watching NBA basketball games, and programming.
Sara Jones is a senior in Electrical Engineering. She chose EE after day-shadowing an Electrical Engineer in high school and discovering the myriad of applications and opportunities for EEs. She is currently a Peer Mentor for EE 185, and has interned with Nexteer Automotive and Garmin International the previous two summers. She plans to enroll in the concurrent BS/MS program and graduate with a Masters in Control Systems. She hopes to work as a Design Certification Engineer upon her graduation.
Quinn is a Graduate Student in Computer Engineering from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He became interested in electronics after spending countless hours online seeing all of the cool things that technology could do. He has interned at Garmin and National Instruments, served as a TA for EE 285 and CPRE 388, and is a part of Reconfigurable Computing Lab studying the acceleration of computer vision algorithms using FPGAs. After graduation, Quinn will be going to work for Garmin on their Area 51 team developing new products in emerging markets.
Gabby Ortman is a junior in Computer Science. She switched to her major after three semesters of Genetics because she disliked running wet lab experiments and was interested in the application computer science had in biology. She has interned for Lexmark, and is currently an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Laboratory for Molecular Programming and is a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science department. She is also currently President of Digital Women. She enjoys riding her bike, drawing, and spoiling her betta fish, Watson.
Mike Pruszinske is a senior in computer engineering and a second-year MBA student in ISU’s concurrent program. He chose computer engineering because he enjoys finding new applications for technology to improve daily life. He decided to go for the concurrent MBA to get a better understanding of the business side and hopes to start his own company one day. After internships at Donaldson Company and Boeing, Mike spent the past two summers as a Software Technical Sales intern at IBM in San Francisco and Washington, DC. He is involved in the leadership of clubs like IEEE and the Entrepreneurship Club, and works part-time as a consulting team leader for IT projects with ISU’s newly-formed CyBIZ Lab.
Cameron Cornick is a Senior in Electrical engineering. He found that EE has no end to learning opportunities and has been stuck learning ever since freshman year. He has interned with IBM, has served as a TA for EE285 and EE330, and is currently serving as HKN Nu Chapter President. After graduation, he will be joining IBM in the VLSI Design area helping create the next cutting edge server processors.
Thomas Moll is a Senior in Computer Engineering. He has been involved in ESC, NAMI, and is a Teaching Assistant for 127 and 227. After he graduates he will be working at LinkedIn in Silicon Valley. His hobbies include programming for fun, playing piano and rock climbing.
Ashley Dvorsky is a senior studying Software Engineering, originally from Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently a Teaching Assistant for CPRE 281, a Student Admissions Representative (STAR), President of Digital Women, and an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys painting, volunteering, and cheering for the Cyclone.
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