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.
2014-15 Student Advisory Committee Standing Members
IEEE Student Chapter President
Quinn Murphy, current president
Matt Backes, past president
HKN Student Chapter President
Digital Women president
SE SAC Representative
Engineering Student Council Representative
Alexandra Lee Gillette
Matt Backes is a senior in electrical engineering. He chose EE because of his interest in renewable energy integration into the existing power grid and microgrid applications in rural and impoverished areas. He has completed internships with Burns and McDonnell and John Deere. This past summer Matt was at the U. of California, Berkeley helping to develop a smart DC microgrid to deploy in emerging regions. He is currently doing wind energy research under Dr. Ajjarapu. One of his most memorable experiences is programming a prototype Mars rover to be able to safely navigate a landing zone
Paul Gerver is a senior in computer engineering. He chose his major because of his curiosity wondering how computers really work. During his college career, Paul collaborated with several undergraduates to complete a research project with Dr. Alex Stoytchev for developmental robotics, and he has interned several times with IBM. His favorite part of Iowa State is the TLA in Coover because students can get help with class, work on projects, and play video games, if they have time.
Thomas Moll is a sophomore in computer engineering. He chose his major because he enjoys writing code and developing new applications for embedded systems. He has interned at GARMIN International, Workiva, and is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science Department. He was financial adviser for HackISU, and currently is the Vice President of Communication for Engineering Student Council. He enjoys developing code to make his life easier and 3D modeling.
Murphy is a Junior 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. Murphy began to take more math, science, and engineering credits in high school and decided that he wanted to become a computer engineer. He is particularly interested in the field of embedded systems and how to make small, specific-use devices more efficient and powerful. After graduation, Murphy would like to work on robotic prosthetics that interface with biological systems or animal-inspired robotics.
Anne Ore is a junior in software engineering. She chose software engineering because she enjoys writing software. So far, she has interned at Microsoft and Intuit and has worked as a teaching assistant for the ECpE department. Currently, she is an organizer for HackISU, Iowa State’s semesterly intercollegiate hackathon, and the president of Digital Women, a club for women in computer-related majors.
Victoria Rasavanh – Software Engineering SAC Liaison
Victoria Rasavanh is a junior in Software Engineering. Originally choosing SE because of “a knack for programming,” she has found that software and technology are an excellent means of solving real-world problems, as well as a good way to connect with and help people. So far, Victoria has worked as a QA intern at Principal Financial, and enjoys making programming projects both on her own and with friends. In the also hopes to be able to help girls get and stay interested in STEM fields.
Tillema is a Senior in Electrical Engineering. He decided on an EE major because he describes himself as a technology-focused person with a focus in power. He is most proud of an LED chess set that he created for EE 186, and has also had internships at Burns & McDonnell and Musco Sports Lighting over the past two summers. Alex is involved in various clubs and likes that Coover Hall is full of students all from different backgrounds but pursuing similar interests.
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