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 Summer and Fall 2018

Wednesday, July 18 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in SHL Boardroom
Wednesday, August 15 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in ERF Conference Room
Wednesday, September 19 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in NADS Board Room
Wednesday, October 17 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in 4511 Seamans Center


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

Packing Materials 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, SC4329.
Packing 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.




More events coming soon! Stay tuned!

2017-18 Members

Photo Member Name Committee Involvement Email Address Affiliation Term Limits
Blake Rupe Executive, Elections, Social Events, Publicity, Community Service, Sustainability Seamans Center June 2016 to June 2019
Ashlee Johannes Social Events, Publicity, Community Service, Sustainability Stanley Hydraulics Lab June 2017 to June 2019
Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall Executive, Elections, Staff Award Evaluation, Social Events NADS Building June 2017 to June 2019
Rachel Marek
Rachel Marek Staff Award Evaluation, Publicity, Bylaws/Policies, Sustainability Seamans Center June 2017 to June 2019
Kristina Venzke
Kristina Venzke Executive Seamans Center  June 2017 to June 2019
Jacob Heiden Social Events, Publicity, Community Service NADS Building July 2018 to June 2020
Chris Schwarz TBD NADS Building July 2018 to June 2020
  Brian Snider TBD Engineering Electronics Shop - Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2020
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: To formulate goals and direction for council, bi-annually express concerns to, and receive feedback from, Engineering Administration
  2. Bylaws/Policies & Procedures Committee: To review, facilitate discussion, and make recommendations regarding bylaw revisions and policy statements.
  3. Elections Committee: To carry out elections in accordance with the council bylaws and to solicit candidates for vacant seats on the council, for the office of President, Vice President/President Elect, Secretary, and Executive Committee.
  4. Staff Award Evaluation Committee: To solicit, review, and select recipients of the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence, Staff Service, and Staff Research Awards.

Ad Hoc Committees:

  1. Social Events (now including Get to Know the College): Connect and engage staff across engineering units to encourage the exchange of ideas.
  2. Publicity (now including Welcome/Goodbye): Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement.
  3. Community Service: Support College of Engineering staff to serve their community through partnerships with local agencies, including the Johnson County Crisis Center and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).
  4. Sustainability: Increase awareness for sustainability efforts, encourage participation in campus initiatives, and explore new opportunities to reduce the College of Engineering footprint.

Past Events

Event Name 


ESAC Monthly Meeting  June 29, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting July 27, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting  August 24, 2017
Outdoor Yoga August 31, 2017
Fall Happy Hour at Big Grove September 21, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting  September 28, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting October 26, 2017
Halloween Luncheon November 1, 2017
Thanksgiving Feast November 29, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting  November 30, 2017
HACAP Holiday Adopt a Family  December 15, 2017
Crisis Center Food Drive December 15, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting December 28, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting January 25, 2018
Seamans Center "Spring into Sustainability" Learning@Lunch session. PDF of presentation slides February 15, 2018 
ESAC Monthly Meeting February 22, 2018
Stanley Hydraulics Lab "Spring into Sustainability" Learning@Lunch session. PDF of presentation slides February 22, 2018
National Advanced Driving Simulator "Spring into Sustainability" Learning@Lunch session. PDF of presentation slides February 28, 2018
Chili Cook Off March 15, 2017
ESAC Monthly Meeting March 22, 2018
Iowa River Cleanup 2018. Organized and sponsored by IIHR, City of Iowa City, Office of Sustainability, Theme Semester, Facilities Management, Graduate Student Senate, ESAC Sustainability Committee April 21, 2018     
College of Engineering Staff Q&A with Dean Weber PDF of Meeting Notes April 25, 2018
ESAC Monthly Meeting April 26, 2018
ESAC Spring Happy Hour May 17, 2018
ESAC Monthly Meeting May 24, 2018
ESAC Monthly Meeting June 28, 2018