Paul Flanders

Paul Flanders
Who are you?

            -Name: Paul Flanders

            -Major:  Chemical Engineering

            -Minors/Certificates: Business

            -Year: Junior

            -Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming freshman?

Be open to change and new opportunities. There's so many ways your college experience can positively change your life if you let it.

What organizations outside the college of engineering do you belong to?

 Hawkeye Marching Band, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Steel Pan Ensemble

How are you an "engineer ... and something more"?

 I am an engineer with a passion for music and the performing arts. I love playing percussion and performing but I also enjoy going to different performances across campus. It's serves as a nice escape from my course load during rough time.

Is there something else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

 Both my parents are Iowa engineering alums and my grandpa was a professor in electrical engineering.

What is your favorite part about being a student at The University of Iowa?

 I love the small and personalized engineering program, in a fun Big 10 university, tucked in a fun and exciting town like Iowa City. It’s a combination that's perfect for me and is all I could ever want

Who is your favorite professor and why?

 Professor Wilder. As my first real engineering professor in Engineering Problem Solving I, Professor Wilder challenged me to think like an engineer from day 1. We did fun projects like optimizing popsicle stick towers and paper rockets, but we also learned how to communicate about our ideas professionally and in an concise way.

What has been your favorite course?

 I really enjoyed Material Science. We learn about different material properties and then get to test them in the lab. What's more fun than ripping an aluminum alloy screw apart with 14,000 Newtons of force?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time at The University of Iowa?

 I enjoy soaking up everything that Iowa City has to offer. Whether that's watching a soul music group perform on the Ped Mall, going to a presidential rally, or even just eating at a new restaurant downtown, there always something new and exciting happening here.