Peer Advisors will be available during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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.

2020 -2021 Peer Advisor Bios


Renee Cafun, Peer Advisor
Major: Biomedical Engineering
EFA: Cellular Engineering
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Quincy, IL
Engineering Experience: Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Henry Lab, Teaching Assistant for Systems, Data Acquisition, and Instrumentation
Involvement: Engineering Tutoring, Chi Omega Sorority, Dance Marathon, UIHC Volunteers
Fun Facts: I love warm weather, reality TV, and my cat:) 
Jessica Schroeder, Peer Advisor
Major: Chemical Engineering
EFA: Business
Minors: Chemistry and Business Administration
Hometown: Crest Hill, IL
Engineering Experience: Internship at Stepan Company(Elwood, IL), Co-op at Bayer Crop Science(Muscatine, IA), Internship at BASF (Malcom, IA)
Involvement: VP External for SWE (previously Volunteer Chair and High School Conference Co-Chair), Corresponding Secretary for Theta Tau, Student Ambassador, and Member of STAR (Students to Assist Recruitment)
Fun Facts: I like to spend time outside playing different sports or biking. I also love to bake.
Maeve Bittle Peer Advisor
Major: Environmental Engineering
EFA: Geoscience (Tailored)
Minors: Environmental Science (Geoscience) and Religious Studies
Hometown: Bremerton, WA
Engineering Experience: Undergraduate Researcher in the Hornbuckle Lab studying airborne PCBs, former member of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, currently applying to Environmental Engineering graduate programs
Involvement:  ICRU Research Ambassador/Fellow, Studied abroad in the UK during 2018 spring semester, On Iowa! Leader, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Student Board Member for Lutheran Campus Ministries
Fun Facts: I love to be outdoors and spend time hiking with my family in the PNW whenever I am home. I also spent (some of) quarantine learning how to embroider, sew, and crochet!
Cameron Trentz, Peer Advisor
Major: Computer Science & Engineering
EFA: Software Engineering
Minor: Math
Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
Engineering Experience: Software Engineering Intern (Summer 2019) at Grace Technologies in Davenport, IA, Software Developer (Summer 2020) at the University of Iowa SINAPSE Lab in Iowa City, IA, and Analytics Engineering Intern (Summer 2020) at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group in Urbandale, IA.
Involvement: Engineering Student Ambassador (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020), Introduction to Engineering Computing Teaching Assistant (Spring 2020), People in Engineering (PiE) Resident Assistant (third year), UI Hyperloop systems team co-lead, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Fun Facts: I really enjoy listening to modern/alternative rock and going to concerts. I also like to play tennis with my friends (and participated at the state championship in high school).
Elhadi Elhadi, Peer Advisor
Major: Electrical Engineering
EFA: Electronics 
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Engineering Experience: Systems Engineering intern at Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale, CA, Applications Engineering intern at Eaton Experience Center in Houston, TX, Study abroad - water poverty in rural India (India winterim 2017-2018)
Involvement: NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Vice President (2019-2020), former player of the Iowa Men's Soccer Club (2016-2018)
Fun Facts: Coworkers and I got lost in Yosemite National Park for 3 hours. Ended up calling local 911 and using the sun to find our way back. Big fan of Elon Musk.
Amanda Oskey, Peer Advisor
Major: Industrial Engineering
EFA: Computer and Information Systems
Minors: Math and Computer Science
Hometown: Sussex, WI
Engineering Experience: Studied abroad in Valencia, Spain in July of 2018, interned at John Deere Dubuque Works summer of 2019, Spring/Summer 2020 Co-Op at Collins Aerospace in Decorah, IA
Involvement: SWE member since freshman year, high school conference co-chair 2018-2019, recruitment chair 2019-2020, conference chair 2020-2021, Theta Tau brother since spring 2019, and Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers member
Fun Facts: I love to run and be outdoors. In my free time I am usually hiking or traveling to a new place. I participated in a 4 week cooking class when I studied abroad in Spain and have been interested in trying new foods ever since.
Ryan Wagner, Peer Advisor
Major: Mechanical Engineering
EFA: Energy and Environment
Minor: Math
Hometown: Fort Dodge, IA
Engineering Experience: Product Development Engineering Internship with HNI Corporation (Muscatine, IA), Mechanical Engineering Internship with Design Engineers MEP (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Involvement: President of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society - Iowa Beta Chapter, Volunteer Coach for Let Me Run Wellness Program
Fun Fact: I like to spend my free time outdoors, hiking, running, fishing, and playing golf. I also really enjoy classic rock and country music - Zac Brown Band and the Eagles are my favorites.
KB Pasternock, Peer Advisor
Major: Mechanical Engineering
EFA: Design (tailored)
Minor: Art
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Engineering Experiences: 3 Design Engineering Co-Op Rotations with GE Appliances (Louisville, KY), Sales Engineering Internship with Thermosystems (Elmhurst, IL)
Involvement: Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Web Intern for the College of Engineering
Fun Facts: I love the outdoors and rock climbing, especially bouldering. I am currently minoring in art with a focus in 3D Design.