Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisor program is a resource developed by students, for students. They offer advice on their respective majors, course combinations, course loads, and share their personal experiences through their journey to a career in engineering. Additionally, they provide support to their peers through workshops and outreach using the MAP-Works system.

Come to the Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, between 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Mon-Thurs), 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Mon/Wed/Fri), or 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Tues/Thurs) for assistance with your questions about majors, general education courses or policies and procedures. The Peer Advisors work closely with the professional academic advising staff.

Peer Advisor Office Hours - Fall 2015

Peer Advisor Workshops

In both the spring and fall semester, the Peer Advisors offer workshops to assist students in preparation for their academic advising appointments with their advisor. This year they are offering two types of workshops: Pre-Advising Workshops and EFA Workshops. Times and locations can be found by clicking the link below.

Pre-advising Workshops provide guidance to first and second year students on course selection for summer and fall 2015. Topics include general education requirements, tips and tricks for course sequencing, College of Engineering policies and procedures, transferring courses from different institutions, and opportunities for involvement outside of class. Each Peer Advisor is equipped with knowledge and resources to answer most questions.  

EFA Workshops provide guidance to any students interested in learning more about filling out EFAs. This workshop is particularly helpful for sophomores and juniors. Each major has its own specifications and requirements which the Peer Advisor will go over in detail. Bring your questions, the Peer Advisors are ready to answer them.

Peer Advisor Workshops - Spring 2015


Peer Advisor Bios

Kipp Caputo   KIPP CAPUTO

    Peer Advisor, Mechanical Engineering
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Hometown: Ottawa, Illinois
    Experiences: Internship at Exelon Generation, Former Student Ambassador
    Personal Interests:


Jake Crome


    Peer Advisor, Chemical Engineering Major: Chemical Engineering with Energy and
    Environment EFA
    Hometown: Stockton, Illinois
    Experiences: Co-op with DuPont Industrial Biosciences in Cedar Rapids, active in ChemE
    Car Competition, AIChE, Omega Chi Epsilon and Engineers Without Borders
    Personal Interests: Camping, fishing, crossword puzzles


Michael Guajardo    MICHAEL GUAJARDO

    Peer Advisor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Major: Civil Engineering with Civil Practice EFA
    Hometown: Orland Park, Illinois
    Experiences: Internship at HBK Engineering in Iowa City, Member of Steel Bridge Team
    ASCE, Social Chair of USGBC, Co-Canning Chair Dance Marathon, Former ASCE
    Social Chair Assistance, Former Orientation Hawkeye Guide
    Personal Interests: Sports


Jessica Litchfield


   Peer Advisor, Biomedical Engineering
   Major: Biomedical Engineering with self tailored EFA musculoskeletal biomechanics
   Hometown: Boone, Iowa
   Experiences: Co-op at Boston Scientific, Study Abroad at Swansea Wales, Engineering Tutor, Engineering K-12 outreach Agent, SWE, WISE, S.T.A.T.
   Personal Interests: Sports watching & playing, Traveling, Hanging out with friends


Courtney Paulsen


   Peer Advisor, Industrial Engineering
   Major: Industrial Engineering with Management EFA, minor in Business and Major in Dance
   Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota
   Experiences: Internships with General Mills Manufacturing Engineering Associate at Lodi, CA, General Mills MEA at Albuquerque, NM, Hon Company Manufacturing Engineer at Muscatine, IA, Analog Technologies Corp, Industrial
   Engineering Burnsville, MN; Institute of Industrial Engineers, WISE, SWE, Dance Marathon and Undergraduate Dance Organization
   Personal Interests: Dancing, Photography, trying new restaurants , traveling and watching Hawkeye Football


Hanbin Tao  HANBIN TAO

   Peer Advisor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
   Major: Electrical Engineering
   Hometown: Shanghai, China
   Experiences: Teaching Assistant for Fundamental Circuits and Electromagnetic Theory, Research Assistant at IIHR and Tau Beta Pi volunteer chair
   Personal Interests: Playing Chess, Watching NBA, Playing games like Pokemom & League of Legends