Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisor program is a resource for all undergraduates in the College of Engineering. Peer Advisors are seniors from all of the majors who offer tailored guidance and advice to students throughout their time at the College - as they progress through coursework, seek involvement and leadership opportunities, and search for internship, co-op, and post-graduation opportunities. 

The Peer Advisors work closely with the Engineering Student Success Team staff members in order to provide accurate information and advice about majors, course selections, general education courses, elective focus area (EFA) decisions, and policies and procedures at the College. Peer Advisors are also trained to provide feedback on resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, LinkedIn, or using online systems for the internship and job search.

Stop in to visit with a peer advisor in the Student Development Center, 3612 Seamans Center.  No need to set up an appointment, you can just drop in!

 

Peer Advisor Office Hours - Fall 2019 Schedule

Peer Advisor group photo

 

Peer Advisor Workshops

In both the spring and fall semester, the Peer Advisors offer Elective Focus Area (EFA) workshops to assist students in preparation for their academic advising appointments with their faculty advisor.  EFA workshops provide guidance to any students interested in learning more about EFA/track options in their major, and includes instructions on how to complete your Plan of Study form. This workshop is particularly helpful for sophomores and juniors.  Bring your questions, the Peer Advisors are ready to answer them.

Peer Advisors also offer a variety of Professional Development workshops throughout the year - be on the lookout for emails about Lunch and Learns, resume writing workshops, preparing for the Career Fair, and more.

2019 -2020 Peer Advisor Bios

 

Alec Hanson, Peer Advisor
ALEC HANSON
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Track: Cellular Engineering
Hometown: Cedar Rapdis, IA
Engineering Experience:  R&D Engineer Co-op at Boston Scientific, Clinical Research Internship at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC)
Involvement: College of Engineering Student Ambassador, Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR), UIHC Volunteer
Fun Facts: I like to play a lot of sports, especially ultimate frisbee at Hubbard Park by the IMU. I also listen to a ton of music - my most prized possessions are a record player and my growing collection of vinyl records to go along with it!
 
 
 
 
 
Ashrita Raghuram Peer Advisor
ASHRITA RAGHURAM
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Track: Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Engineering Experience: Co-op at Boston Scientific, Research at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
Involvement: Engineering Tutoring, BMESS, studied abroad at CIMBA, Italy, UIHC volunteer
Fun Facts: I love to watch sports, go hiking, cook, and read!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Flanders, Peer Advisor
PAUL FLANDERS
Major: Chemical Engineering
Track: Business 
Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Engineering Experience: AIChE, Co-op Process Engineer at Tapemark in West St. Paul, MN, Engineering Intern at Roquette in Keokuk, IA, Manufacturing Intern at Procter and Gamble in Iowa City, IA
Involvement: Treasurer (Fall 2018) and Vice President (Spring 2019) of AIChE, Service Chair (2018) of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Hawkeye Drumline (2015-16), Student Ambassador, Materials Science Teaching Assistant
Fun Facts: I marched in the rose bowl parade my freshman year, and both my parents graduated from Engineering@Iowa.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Nunez, Peer Advisor
DANIEL NUNEZ
  Major: Computer Science & Engineering
 Track: Software Engineering
  Hometown: Davenport, IA
  Engineering Experience:  Manufacturing Engineering Intern, P&G (Summer 2017), Information Technology Intern, John Deere (Summer 2019), Development Engineering Intern, Siemens PLM (Summer 2018-2020) 
  Involvement: Dancer for Walk It Out, SHPE President 2016-17, Treasurer/Dancer, Iowa Andhi Dance Team, Studied abroad with CIMBA Italy
  Interests: I went skydiving two years ago! I love watching basketball, and I've taken dance classes here on campus.
 
 
 
 
Hannah Day, Peer Advisor
HANNAH DAY
Major: Electrical Engineering
Track: Sustainability
Hometown: Ottawa Hills, OH
Engineering Experience: Summer Co-op with Eaton Corp: Electrical Breaker Test Engineer, renewable energy independent study research project, study abroad in Iceland - "Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics"
Involvement: Mentor Group Leader for Society of Women Engineers, Solar Car, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Student worker at UIowa Law Library.
Fun Facts: I love to knit, and I've knit four sweaters in the last year. I'm a certified belayer for rock climbing.
 
 
 
 
 
Maeve Bittle Peer Advisor
MAEVE BITTLE
Major: Environmental Engineering
Track: Tailored - Environmental Science, Geoscience
Hometown: Glenwood, IA
Engineering Experience: Academic Research, Theta Tau Omicron Professional Fraternity
Involvement: Student Board Member for Lutheran Campus Ministries, Studied abroad Spring 2018, ICRU Research Ambassador/Fellow, On Iowa! Leader, Musical Leadership at JustChurch
Fun Facts: I have two dogs named Coco and Turbo, and I am currently getting a religious minor because it is fascinating.
 
 
 
 
 
Morgan Gagnon Peer Advisor
MORGAN GAGNON
Major: Industrial Engineering
Track: Design and Manufacturing
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Engineering Experience: Manufacturing Engineering Co-op with Collins Aerospace, Supply Chain Internship with HNI, President of IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers), Teaching Assistant for Design for Manufacturing
Involvement: Studied Abroad in Paderno del Grappa, Italy with the CIMBA Program, Studied Abroad with the India Winterim, "Water Poverty in Rural India: A Freshwater Case Crisis Case Study" Program,Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering, Formerly President of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), Dance Marathon Dancer, On Iowa! Leader
Fun Facts: I have been to San Raymundo, Guatemala twice to build houses with an organization called Casas Por Cristos and I love playing competitive badminton.
 
 
 
 
Katelyn Longo Peer Advisor
KATIE LONGO
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Track: Tailored - Spanish minor
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Engineering Experience: Test Engineering Internship at Elite Electronic Engineering (Downers Grove, IL), Project Engineering Internship at Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ)
Involvement: SWE member, current Professional Development Chair (previously Engineering Week Chair), was a member of CAB (Campus Activities Board), studied abroad in Spain for a summer for my Spanish minor/EFA
Fun Fact: I love to bake and also really enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. I did gymnastics and pole vault during high school, so you will probably find me doing handstands and cartwheels everywhere I go!
 
 
 
 
 
Collin Poesch
COLLIN POESCH
Majors: Mechanical Engineering
Track: Manufacturing
Hometown: Waverly, IA
Engineering Experience: Engineering Intern at Trane in La Crosse, WI
Involvement: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Dance Marathon, Intramural soccer and basketball, Studied abroad in CIMBA Italy
Fun Facts: I love to travel and while traveling, I enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the culture of wherever I am. I can usually be found at the CRWC, binging Netflix, attending sporting events, or spending time with friends. I also eat out too much.
 
 
 
 
 
Erick Calma Peer Advisor
ERICK CALMA
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Track: Tailored - Manufacturing
Hometown: Joliet, IL
Engineering Experiences: Quality Assurance/Engineering Internship at HAVI Global Solutions, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Department of Biology
Involvement:  President of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Former Fundraising Committee Head of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, K-12 Diversity and Outreach Agent in the College of Engineering, Lead Tutor for Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association (MESA), Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Volunteer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dancer/Fundraiser in Dance Marathon
Fun Facts: I was born in the Philippines and moved to America when I was 2 years old. I love animals and have had 5 hamsters, 12 goldfish, a guinea pig, and 2 dogs.