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.

Meet the 2013–14 ESAC Members

Staff Recognition Awards

Nominations due:  February 27, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Rumping (

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 Jenni Rumping, or visit the

Upcoming ESAC Activities:

Get to Know NADS

IFC Engineer Derek Chang (right) demonstrates the Iowa Flood Information System.In early April (date to be determined), ESAC will host a "Get to Know the College" event featuring the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the Oakdale campus. Omar Ahmad will give a tour of the facility and of the simulator. If there is time remaining he will also give a brief research overview. Refreshements will be provided.

This event will be limited to 15 participants to effectively give the demonstrations. If there is enough interest, a second tour will be scheduled at a later date. If you are interested in attending, please email Yi-Jia (Derek) Chang.

Matt McLaughlin took home the golden ladle "Du Jour" award for his tasty chili recipe at ESAC's 2014 Soup/Chili Cookoff on Feb. 19.Soup/Chili Cookoff

On Wednesday, February 18th, ESAC will host the 2015 Soup/Chili cookoff in the Second Floor Lobby. Please drop by with your tastiest soup or stew to be juged in the competion for the Golden Ladle. ESAC will again provide bread and/or crackers for dipping.

Last year, Matt McLaughlin took home the golden ladle "Du Jour" award for his tasty chili recipe at ESAC's 2014 Soup/Chili Cookoff on Feb. 19. Leftover crackers from the event were donated to Table 2 Table, which rescues food from local businesses and redistributes to multiple agencies, such as DVIP, food pantries, Crisis Center, etc.


2014 Holiday Food Drive

Recent ESAC Events:

2014 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 400 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.

This year Omega Chi Epsilon assisted in the collection and delivery of the food just before Thanksgiving break. We look forward to partnering with them for next year's event in early December.

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 a family of seven 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 Sarah Williams, Jenni Rumping, and staff member Andrea Flaherty to purchase thoughtful gifts for each of the five 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.