Engineering Staff Advisory Council

What is ESAC?

The purpose of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensure staff involvement in committees and discussions that affect College of Engineering staff.  ESAC also promotes local community service and social activities to encourage community-building within the College of Engineering, and to give back in our larger community.

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council is an elected body that represents staff members in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff.

Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and generally run until 10:30 a.m.

Meeting Minutes

Meet the 2015–16 ESAC Members

Staff Recognition Awards

Nominations due:  March 25, 2016
Contact: Lisa Lang (

Give credit where credit is due — nominate a co-worker for an ESAC award:

  • Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence Award: recognizes outstanding service to the college, positive attitude, and commitment to the college and its mission
  • Staff Community Engagement Award: recognizes imagination and dedication beyond the scope of work, with exceptional contributions to improving the community
  • Staff Research Award: recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of engineering science and technology

ESAC sponsors these annual awards to recognize the outstanding efforts of staff within the College of Engineering. Anyone can nominate a staff member who deserves recognition. Recipients will be honored at the Spring Faculty & Staff Award Ceremony. For details, contact Lisa Lang, or visit the

ESAC Activities:

Get to Know Operator Performance Laboratory

On October 20, 2015, ESAC hosted a "Get to Know the College" event featuring the Operator Performance Laboratory at the Iowa City Airport. Thomas Schnell and several employess from his lab gave a tour of the facility. Several staff participated in the tour and got up close and personal with the simulator.Derrick Chang and Dan Gilles test out the flight simulator.



2014 Holiday Food Drive


2015 Holiday Food Drive

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Engineering Staff Advisory Council’s Holiday Food Drive! Faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering donated more than 200 pounds of food and other necessities to support the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Crisis Center serves about 11,000 individuals in Johnson County and distributes more than 1 million pounds of food each year.

If you'd like to learn more about the Crisis Center of Johnson County, visit


HACAP Adopt-A-Family

HACAP Adopt-A-FamilyThe holidays are all about giving, and this year the College of Engineering made a big difference for one deserving family. In December, ESAC partnered with HACAP to find a local family in need. We were quickly matched with two families and provided a "wish list" for each individual. Faculty and staff overwhelmingly poured in cash, food, and gift contributions. Cash donations were then used by ESAC members  to purchase thoughtful gifts for each of the children. A generous food basket and a gift card was provided to the parents.

We want to thank everyone for there generosity in helping make this event a success. We are also grateful to everyone who braved papercuts to wrap each individual gift. We really hope we can make this an annual event to help those in need in our community.