Neva Adams

Major: Industrial Engineering
Track: Computer and Information Systems
Hometown: Bluffton, OH

Engineering Experience:  Over the summer I started working for a company in Coralville teaching coding and robotics day camps for kids. I actually spent my first two years as an elementary education major and so it's been a fun way to be able to use some of that knowledge in conjunction with the things that I've learned since switching to IE.

Involvement: I've been a part of Lutheran Campus Ministry here at Iowa for the last 4 years and joined our new exec team this semester! It's a close-knit group that I really enjoy being a part of.

Fun Facts: I love to bake! I once accidentally made almost 100 cookies because I was bored and left alone in my apartment. That's when I learned that there is, in fact, such a thing as too many cookies. I will read just about anything and I'm always looking for book recommendations. My friends and I have the best game nights and I've been told that I'm "weirdly competitive" when it comes to Uno.

Abby Laures

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Track: Cellular Engineering
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Graduating Class: 2022

Hi, I'm Abby and this is my first year at the HCTC. I spend most of my time volunteering for the Iowa Democratic Party -- when I'm not studying, of course. Don't worry, I'm not interested in arguing about politics. I also really enjoy reading books, especially memoirs, but I promise I'm not boring. Another thing, I'm a shrimp mom! To cope with missing my dogs at home, I have 12+ ghost shrimp. Stop in if you want to review your writing, or if you want to hear what my shrimp are up to these days.

Clara Lyden 

Major: Industrial Engineering
Track: Healthcare Systems
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Engineering Experience:  I have been an intern at Collins Aerospace. I am currently taking part in human factors research with my professor Priya Pennathur in affiliation with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

Involvement: I work as a student ambassador for the College of Engineering where I give tours to prospective engineering students. I am Vice President External for Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and have loved getting the opportunity to meet so many other engineering majors. I am also a member of Institute of Industrial Systems and Engineers (IISE). 

Fun Facts:  I love trying out all the local restaurants and coffee shops that Iowa City has to offer. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, singing, and watching romantic comedies. 

Elly Martens

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Track: Biomechanics/materials
Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Engineering Experience:  4 yrs of undergrad BME studies, BME Senior Design 2018/19 (the One Handed Solution: a Novelty Assistive Ponytail device); Bridge Builds in Samulali and Guadalupe, Nicaragua.

Involvement: HCTC: Peer Consultant
Human Performance and Clinical Outcomes Lab: Undergraduate Research Assistant
American Prosthetics & Orthotics: Volunteer
Continental Crossings: Co-President
Global Health Club; Femineers

Fun Facts: I broke my pelvis as a kid... Not fun.

Amanda McGee

Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Track: Software Engineering
Hometown: Chillicothe, IL

Engineering Experience: Summer 2019 Caterpillar Internship, communication with other teams, validation testing, documentation via AsciiDocs.

Involvement: OSTEM, WISE

Fun Facts: I like to read and write stories. I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli, Disney, PJO, the Lunar Chronicles, musicals and dragons. I rode a small dozer this summer and it felt like that scene in Atlantis.

Willow Miller

Major: English major, Mathematics minor, and U2G in Finance
Hometown: Johnston, IA

Academic Experience: Currently, I am working on finishing my honors coursework in my undergraduate major, English. I am doing this by taking graduate level courses and working under a professor to complete a project that utilizes text analytics and networking. I am using Python and the Natural Language Toolkit to explore a STEM inspired interdisciplinary approach to English.

Involvement: Aside from working as a writing tutor at the College of Engineering, I take salsa and harp lessons through the University of Iowa.

Fun Facts: In my free time, I raise Norwegian Forest Cats.

Allison Rowe

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tailored EFA in Biomechanics and Design and a minor in English
Hometown: Mequon, WI

Engineering Experience: Intern with Design Engineers and Alliant Energy, Grand Challenges Scholar, Virtual International Project Teams (VIPT) Senior Design.

Involvement: Undergraduate Research Assistant with SynderBio, Inc. and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, member of Alpha Chi Omega, Alumni Chair for the Presidential Scholars Program.

Fun Facts: I’ve participated in two creative writing programs abroad, one in Dublin, Ireland and the other in Athens, Greece.  I love practicing hot yoga, writing creative nonfiction, playing sand volleyball, and snuggling with dogs.  If I’m not in Iowa City, you can find me up at my family’s lake house in northern Wisconsin, where I’ll be wakeboarding, hammocking, or snowboarding, depending on the season (but you never really know with Wisconsin weather).  

Alyssa Schaeffer

Major: Environmental Engineering
 Tailored - Sustainability Certificate
Hometown: Nevada, IA

Engineering Experience: Stormwater Intern for the City of Ankeny in 2019. Biological Science Aid for the USDA in 2018.

Involvement: Student United Way and Hawkeye Service Breaks

Fun Facts: I grew up ten miles from Iowa State but still managed to pick the better school. Go Hawks!