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.

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Advisor for the 2018-2019 academic year? Learn what the position is all about.

Ready to join the team? APPLY ONLINE.

Peer Advisor Office Hours - Spring 2018 Peer Advisor Schedule

Group Photo of 2017-18 Engineering 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.



2017 -2018 Peer Advisor Bios


photo of Tess Davis
Major: Biomedical Engineering
EFA: Biomaterials and Biomechanics

Hometown: Indianola, IA

Engineering Experiences: I recently completed a 6 month co-op at Boston Scientific in Marlborough, MA in the fall. I was member of their Sustaining Research and Development Endoscopy department. I gained many valuable experiences during my co-op such as technical writing, risk management, product testing, medical device industry knowledge, and developing new test methods.  

Involvement: I will be President of Women in Science and Engineering and Vice President External for Society of Women Engineers. I am an On Iowa! leader and participate in University All Strings Orchestra. I am also an EPS I teaching assistant for Fall 2017.
Interests: I LOVE CORGIS!! I love eating especially French food and I love BATMAN! If I am not studying I am either hanging out with friends or attending a CAB or sporting event.
photo of Jackie Timmins
Major: Biomedical Engineering
EFA: Cellular
Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Engineering Experiences: I have had two past internships: my first was with AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company in North Chicago, IL and my second with Athena GTX in Johnston, IA designing miniature wireless vitals monitoring devices. These positions have allowed me to collaborate with a diverse team of engineers and improve my communication, technical writing, and 3D design skills.
Involvement: I have been on the Executive Board for the Society of Women Engineers as the Recruitment Chair for the last two years. For the 2017-2018 year, I am excited to serve as President! I am also involved as a mentor with Women in Science and Engineering and as the Sunday Night Dinner Coordinator for the Newman Catholic Student Center, where I lead monthly cooking classes. Additionally, I am an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Sander’s mechanobiology lab where we make in vitro wound healing models.
Interests: I love spending time outdoors doing high-adventure activities such as backpacking, rock-climbing, and canoeing! I also really enjoy traveling to new places, both within the US and around the world.
photo of Jacquelyn Ricke
Major: Chemical Engineering
EFA: Business
Minors: Chemistry and Business
Hometown: Sioux City, IA
Engineering Experiences: I worked at Wells Enterprises, the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream, during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years (Summer 2016). I worked in one of the ice cream plants over the summer, where I helped to solve some problems production was experiencing. I then returned over the following winter break and worked in the corporate center on one project. I am very excited to be working at Quaker in Cedar Rapids this upcoming summer as well!
Involvement: I have been most involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I was the fundraising chair my sophomore year, the president my junior year, and will be the vice president internal next year. I also have been on the executive board of Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE) as the treasurer this year. I was on the executive board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as a co-coordinator of the spring Kids' Day Camp. Finally, I have been involved with our ChemE Car group this past year, helping to rejuvenate the effort of building a car and competing at the regional competition.
Interests: I enjoy attending Iowa sporting events, reading, being involved in student orgs, helping others at the Hanson Center for Technical Communication (HCTC), and watching Grey's Anatomy.
photo of Duncan Winoski
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
EFA: Pre-Architecture
Hometown: Clinton, IA
Engineering Experiences: Former Project Engineer Intern (Summer 2016) with J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and ASCE UI Steel Bridge Team.
Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and UI Dance Marathon
Interests: I am colorblind, ~95% Polish and am often asked by strangers if I am from Canada. I enjoy cooking, and can speak Italian (not fluently, but working on it!)
photo of Kyle Anderson
Majors: Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics
EFA: Software Development 
Hometown: Mason City, IA
Engineering Experiences: Summer internships with TeamQuest in Clear Lake, IA and Amazon in Seattle, WA, Computers in Engineering teaching assistant, and hackathons.
Involvement: Tutor Iowa, IEEE, oSTEM
Interests: Music, cooking, tennis, building apps, watching Netflix, and hiking.
Major: Electrical Engineering
EFA: Control Systems
Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Chillicothe, IL
Involvement: WISE Math Engineering Tutor, Scribe for IEEE, SWE
Interests: Cooking, baking, fitness and health, hanging out with friends and family, and trying new activities
photo of Danielle Petersen
Major: Industrial Engineering
EFA: Tailored
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Engineering Experiences: Design Engineer Co-op - CIVCO Medical Solutions, Industrial Engineer Intern - Stratasys Inc., and Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) Intern - GE Energy Connections.
Involvement: Engineering Student Ambassador, UI Homecoming Council, TA for EPSI, and Intramurals
Interests: I lived in Japan for four years when I was younger. While I was there, I was lucky enough to travel all over the world. The experience made me grow up always looking for a new adventure. I studied abroad in India for four weeks over winter break my junior year. Instead of engineering, I studied social work while I was there. I have two plates and twelve screws in my right arm from a gymnastics accident when I was 13. It was because of this that I wanted to become a biomedical engineer. Since then, I've switched to Industrial Engineering and never looked back!
Photo of Ryan Collins
Majors: Mechanical Engineering
EFA: Design
Minor: Math
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Engineering Experiences: Wind Energy Research, Co-op with Whirlpool Corporation, and an Internship with HNI and EPSCoR Program.
Involvement: American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and Engineering Student Ambassador
Interests: Playing piano, participate in multiple soccer leagues around IC area, running, sports,  and hanging out with friends.