Engineering Staff Advisory Council

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What is ESAC?

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council is an elected body that represents staff members in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff. The purpose of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensure staff involvement in committees and discussions that affect College of Engineering staff.  ESAC also promotes local community service and social activities to encourage community-building within the College of Engineering, and to give back in our larger community.

Council meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and generally run until 10:00 a.m. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may attend the ESAC meetings.

ESAC values your feedback. Please feel free to send any questions or concerns to our email: If you would like to submit an anonymous comment or suggestion please complete the anonymous form at:

ESAC Monthly Meeting Dates for Spring 2019

Friday, January 4 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL conference room
Friday, February 1 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SC4602
Friday, March 1 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Board Room
Friday, April 5 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL conference room
Friday, May 3 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SC4602
Friday, June 7 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Board Room


The Engineering Staff Advisory Council invites you to a Q&A with Dean Alec Scranton on Friday, March 29 from 12 to 1pm in 3111 Seamans Center. Bring your lunch and your questions! This is dedicated time for CoE staff to bring questions and concerns to College leadership.

If you’d like to submit a question that an ESAC representative will ask during the session, you may submit those to the ESAC anonymous suggestion box ( , or to the ESAC email alias,, by Monday, March 25  However, submitting questions in advance is not required.

The Q&A session will be accessible remotely through a Zoom meeting.


ESAC Spread the Love food drive: Spread the Love is the Johnson County Crisis Center’s annual community-wide peanut butter and jelly drive. The College of Engineering collected 97 lbs. of non-perishable food to donate! Thank you to everyone who contributed.

ESAC Holiday Family Campaign: Thank you so much to everyone who got involved, coordinated efforts, or donated to the Adopt-A-Family for the holiday season campaign! We raised almost $1000 and almost 20 gifts were donated to the two families we are supporting this season through United Action for Youth (UAY) and Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS). ESAC used the donations to purchase gifts according to the families' wish lists and will provide each family with a $200 gift card to Hy-Vee. 


Packing Material Re-Use Stations: 

ESAC maintains a pilot program to re-use clean, sorted packing materials in the Seamans Center. The program collects Styrofoam and starch peanuts, bubble wrap, and air pockets. Please consider adding to or taking from the materials in the bins, which are now located in the 4th floor recycling room, SC4329Packing materials re-use stations are also available in SHL, NADS, and ERF to staff, faculty, and students who work in those buildings.
Contact Rachel Marek ( with questions.


Read the ESAC FY 2017-2018 Year End Report by clicking here.






2018-2019 Members


Photo Member Name Committee Involvement Email Address Affiliation Term Limits
Blake Rupe Executive (President)
Staff Award Evaluation (Chair)
Social Events (Chair)
Sustainability (Chair)
Community Service Seamans Center June 2016 to June 2019
Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall Executive (Secretary)
Bylaws/Policies (Chair)
Get to Know the College
Sustainability NADS Building June 2017 to June 2019
Rachel Marek
Rachel Marek Executive (Vice President)
Elections (Chair)
Staff Award Evaluation
Wellness (Chair) IIHR - Seamans Center June 2017 to June 2020
Kristina Venzke
Kristina Venzke Get to Know the College (Chair)
Staff Award Evaluation
Community Service Seamans Center  June 2017 to June 2019
Jacob Heiden Executive (Treasurer)
Publicity (Chair)
Get to Know the College
Social Events NADS Building/Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2020
Chris Schwarz Community Service
Get to Know the College
Wellness NADS Building July 2018 to June 2020
  Brian Snider Social Events
Sustainability Engineering Electronics Shop - Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2020
Sarah Livesay Sustainability Seamans Center March 2019 to June 2019
  Jennifer Portwood IIHR - Stanley Hydraulics Lab March 2019 to June 2019
Jan Waterhouse
Jan Waterhouse Advisor Seamans Center Ex Officio
April Tippett
April Tippett Advisor Seamans Center Ex Officio


The Engineering Staff Advisory Council consists of four standing committees and ad hoc committees. The council may create ad hoc committees to plan, develop, implement, or investigate activities and projects. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may serve on an ad hoc committee.

Standing Committees:

  1. Executive Committee: Formulate goals and direction for council, and bi-annually express concerns to, and receive feedback from, Engineering Administration.
  2. Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee: Review bylaws and policies and recommend revisions, and act as parliamentary advisor in order to maintain productive ESAC meetings.
  3. Elections Committee: Solicit candidates for vacant seats on ESAC, and carry out elections in accordance with the council bylaws.
  4. Staff Award Evaluation Committee: Solicit, review, and select recipients of the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence, Staff Service, and Staff Research Awards.

Ad Hoc Committees:

  1. Community Service: Support College of Engineering staff to engage with their community through partnerships with local service agencies.
  2. Get to Know the College: Increase awareness of, and showcase the efforts of, the College of Engineering's many people, projects, and centers across all locations on campus.
  3. Publicity: Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement.
  4. Social Events: Connect and engage staff across engineering units to encourage the exchange of ideas.
  5. Sustainability: Increase awareness for sustainability efforts, encourage participation in campus initiatives, and explore new opportunities to reduce the College of Engineering ecological footprint.
  6. Wellness: Provide opportunities for College of Engineering staff to engage in a healthier work environment and lifestyle.