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.
2013-14 Student Advisory Committee
Matt Backes is a junior 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 McDonnel and John Deer and currently is doing magnetostriction research under Dr. Ravi Hadimani. One of his most memorable experiences is programming a prototype Mars rover to be able to safely navigate a landing zone
Daisy is a senior in computer engineering. Isibor decided to go into computer engineering at Iowa State after being exposed to programming contests like International Olympiad in Informatics as a high school student. Since being at Iowa State, she has had undergraduate research experiences as well as internships at Microsoft and Webfilings. In addition to solving problems and writing algorithms, Daisy has a passion for teaching and is currently serving as a teaching assistant. Daisy’s favorite things about being an engineer is the diversity of engineering applications in the real world and the ability to collaborate with engineers from different fields and backgrounds.
Kimler is a senior in electrical engineering, with a focus in semiconductor devices. A third generation ISU engineering student, Kimler found an interest in the sciences early on. She’s most interested in electronic properties of materials, semiconductor-level logic, and embedded systems. She is currently working with Drs. Neihart and Chen on an electrical biochemistry application related to fresh water toxin detection. Kimler has been a TA in the department for several semesters, and will be working full time for Texas Instruments in the Product Engineering Global Rotation Program starting this August.
Kaas is a senior in electrical engineering. During his internship with Rockwell-Collins in the Summer of 2012, he worked as part of a High Frequency Software team. In addition, Kaas was part of Cargo/Transport Systems team during his co-op from December 2012 through August 2013- also with Rockwell-Collins. He will graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering and will begin his career with the intention of pursuing an MBA
Cameron LaFollette is a senior in electrical engineering with a music technology minor. After working several years as a commercial maintenance technician he decided to study engineering. Starting college at 25, he conducted research on virtual reality sound applications with Dr. Chris Hopkins that was presented at SEAMUS 2013, and was elected president of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Honors Society. He has been contracted to design control systems for several interactive art installations featuring light and sound. He currently is working on a system using bluetooth nine-axis sensors to control virtual instruments, audio workstations, and visual effects from the motions of a performer or dancer. He has built various other projects such as a Tesla Coil, working replica shoulder cannon from the movie “Predator”, a VR DJ controller, and an automation controller for haunted houses (in progress). After graduating Magna Cum Laude in May, Cameron will return to Texas Instruments as an Applications Engineer in Dallas, Texas.
Tillema is a Junior in electrical engineering. He decided on an EE major because he describes himself as a creative and technology-focused person. He is most proud of an LED chess set with two of his close friends for EE 186 and was an intern at Burns and McDonnell this past summer. He is involved in various clubs and likes that Coover Hall is full of students pursuing similar interests.
Truman is a senior in electrical engineering, a major he chose to help people. Truman saw how electronic everyday society has become, and he wanted to be a part of solving problems with technology. Truman is currently working on a future lab for an early electrical engineering course designed to show underclassmen the wave forms they’ll have more experience with later in their college careers. Truman’s favorite part of his major is learning about and working with new technologies.
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