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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 6, 2003

Experienced UI Engineering Students Mentor New Engineers

(Student name) of (hometown), a (year in school) in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been chosen to serve as a (name of program) to assist freshman engineers.

The Engineering Connection Program at the University of Iowa currently consists of about 60 sophomore, junior, and senior engineers with the desire to provide support to new students by talking about the transition to college and the engineering program.

The UI’s Center for Technical Communication Program focuses on writing. New engineers must learn to inform and persuade with the same commitment to excellence that they devote to the acquisition of technical knowledge.

Student Ambassadors are UI students from each engineering department who wish to share the benefit of their experience and provide help when needed. The Student Ambassadors serve as a resource for new UI engineers, as well as for prospective high school and transfer students.

The UI’s Engineering Tutorial Program, consisting of engineering
and mathematics students with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.0 or higher, assists first and second year engineering students in meeting the challenges of their rigorous course work.

One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized for its small, personalized size, and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus -- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences, business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in a rapidly changing world. The college excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, and polymerization.

EDITOR: Student mentors are listed alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa listed first and other states following.

IOWA

ADEL: Andrea Hayes, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

ALGONA: Rebecca Turner, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

ALTOONA: Lindsay Griffieon, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

BETTENDORF: Deborah Lotz, Industrial Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Tutor, Engineering Mentor

CEDAR FALLS: Chiraag Dharia, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

CEDAR FALLS: Michael Keller, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Senior, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

CEDAR FALLS: Christopher Weber, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

CEDAR RAPIDS: Katherine Coates, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Engineering Student Ambassador

CEDAR RAPIDS: Brandon Fitz, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

CEDAR RAPIDS: Elizabeth Hollinrake, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

CHEROKEE: Valerie Perrin, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Student Ambassador, Engineering Mentor

CLIVE: Todd Jaschke, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

CORALLVILLE: Brian O'Leary, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Graduate, Engineering Mentor, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

CORNING: Nathan Bradley, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Engineering Tutor

DAVENPORT: Cathy Crouch, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Student Ambassador

DAVENPORT: Jessie Huisinga, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Student Ambassador

DAVENPORT: Rathi Ravikumar, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

DUBUQUE: Aaron Bock, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Engineering Student Ambassador

DUBUQUE: Sara Welter, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

ELDRIDGE: Kimbra Mixdorf, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

FORT DODGE: Christopher Wilke, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

IOWA CITY: Kara Clark, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

IOWA CITY: Shanna Emerson, Industrial Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

IOWA CITY: Kristopher Halter, Industrial Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

IOWA CITY: Jenna Hetland, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

LONG GROVE: Natalie Van Osdel, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

MOUNT PLEASANT: Kristopher Thornburg, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Student Ambassador

MUSCATINE: Patricio Cadena, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Tutor

PORTSMOUTH: Jessica Leinen, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

SOLON: Amanda Stahle, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

SPENCER: Jennifer Reissner, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

URBANDALE: Jennifer Dempsey, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

URBANDALE: Anne Hummel, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

 

ILLINOIS

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS: Katie Okon, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

BARTLETT: Jennifer Brozik, Industrial Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

BUFFALO GROVE: Joshua Gersten, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

DEKALB: Katie Ebbesen, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Student Ambassador, Engineering Mentor

GENEVA: Jonathan Nelson, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

JOHNSBURG: Samantha Lane, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

LA GRANGE: Meagan Shanahan, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

MOKENA: Bryan Pomranky, Mechanical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Student Ambassador

NAPERVILLE: Catherine Giese, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

NAPERVILLE: Rachel Loret de Mola, Industrial Engineering, Junior, Engineering Student Ambassador, Engineering Mentor, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

NAPERVILLE: Stephanie Powell, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Tutor

NAPERVILLE: Jelani Tate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Junior, Center for Technical Communication Mentor

ORLAND PARK: Kathryn Bober, Mechanical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Tutor

ROCKFORD: Benjamin Keller, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

SPRINGFIELD: Lisa Ulrich, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Junior, Engineering Tutor

WHEATON: Holly Baran, Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore, Engineering Mentor

 

KANSAS

DERBY: Justin Glasgow, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

 

MINNESOTA

MAHTOMEDI: Rochelle Roos, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Mentor

 

NEBRASKA

LINCOLN: Kimberly Ma, Biomedical Engineering, Senior, Engineering Student Ambassador

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NORTH HAMPTON: Christian Kurasek, Industrial Engineering, Senior, Engineering Student Ambassador

 

OREGON

WEST LINN: Gwyneth Wilker, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Junior, Engineering Tutor


TENNESSEE

JOHNSON CITY: Byron Kominek, Biomedical Engineering, Junior, Engineering Student Ambassador, Engineering Mentor

 

WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE: Lindsay Kaufmann, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Senior, Engineering Mentor

 

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu. WRITER: Josh Rosenthal.