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 journeys to a career in engineering. Additionally, they provide support to their peers through workshops and outreach.

Come to the Student Development Center, 3612 Seamans Center, 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 - Spring 2019 Schedule

Group photo of peer advisors

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. 

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.

2018 -2019 Peer Advisor Bios


Ellie Lehmann BME Peer Advisor
Major: Biomedical Engineering
EFA: Biomaterials and Biomechanics

Hometown: Mason City, IA


Interests: I love to run, bake, and be outside. I've run a marathon and studied abroad in Italy.
Kaitlin Reither BME Peer Advisor
Major: Biomedical Engineering
EFA: Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Hometown: Le Claire, IA
Professional Experiences: Precision Analyst Intern at VIDA Diagnostics, a local bioimaging company
Interests: I grew up in Fargo, ND on ATVs and always have loved being outside. I have a goal to visit all of America's National Parks and photograph them all! I even wood-carved a map of all the parks. When it gets too cold to be outside, I love baking and will always find an excuse to make some brownies.
Emily Moore
  Major: Chemical Engineering
  EFA: Sustainability
  Hometown: Solon, IA
  Professional Experiences: 
  • Internship with M.C. Ginsberg in downtown Iowa City
  • Co-op with International Paper Cedar River Mill in Cedar Rapids
  • Summer internship with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honors Fraternity (OXE)


Interests: I love to read and learn new things. I like to run (some days), I love dogs more than live, I love to go hiking and exploring, and I love to travel and see historic sites and learn about the history of monuments and places.
Cassie Lindow CEE Peer Advisor
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
EFA: Environmental
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Professional Experiences:
Interests: I enjoy being outdoors, like hammocking, love all dogs, enjoy yoga, and I eat lots of Chipotle. My favorite shows include Breaking Bad and Law and Order. I have played on three different intramural teams throughout college, and I was stung by a jellyfish while traveling in Brazil.
Daniel Nunez CSE Peer Advisor
Major: Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics
EFA: Software Engineering
Hometown: Davenport, IA
Professional Experiences: 
  • Manufacturing Engineering internship at Proctor & Gamble
  • Computer Engineering internship at Siemens
  • Treasurer/Dancer, Iowa Andhi Dance Team
  • Studied abroad with CIMBA Italy
  • Participated as the Groom for Mock Shaadi
  • Former executive board member for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Interests: I went skydiving last summer, I love watching basketball, and I've taken dance classes here on campus.

Shane Trautsch

Major: Electrical Engineering

EFA: Power Systems

Hometown: Cresco, IA

Professional Experiences: 

  • Product Engineering internship at John Deere
  • Engineering internship at Donaldson Company
  • Teaching Assistant for ECE:3360, Embedded Systems, Spring 2018
  • CircuitTAtor



Interests: I enjoy canoeing and fishing, exercising, playing board games, building electrical projects, and spending time with friends and family


Karan Kadakia IE Peer Advisor

Major: Industrial Engineering

EFA: Human Factors & Ergonomics

Hometown: Gurnee, IL

Professional Experiences: Internship at Zebra Technologies


  • Intramural basketball, football, and volleyball
  • Worked for Student Disability Services
  • Hawkeye Guide, Orientation Services, Summer 2016

Interests: I love watching TED Talks, riding my motorcycle, and listening to music. I was in an acapella group my freshman year.


Photo of Ryan Collins

Majors: Mechanical Engineering

EFA: Design

Minor: Math

Hometown: Coralville, IA

Professional Experiences: 


  • Student Ambassador
  • Soccer leagues and other intramural sports
  • Math tutor for high school students

Interests: I am very into soccer and running, usually doing one of the two most days of the week. I also like to play the piano and can often be found hanging out with friends.