Engineering

ID: 
2
Abbreviation: 
E
Department Code: 
2

Construction Engineering Cornerstone

Majors eligible to join

Open to Construction Engineering majors
Other students with permission from instructor

 

Program description

The purpose of the Cornerstone Learning Community is to help freshmen and transfer students in Construction Engineering adjust to life at ISU, learn what resources ISU offers, and to introduce students to faculty and industry members early in their careers at ISU. The activities we engage in encourage teamwork and team building, as well as help our students learn more about themselves and others in the ConE program. A large part of our purpose is to help foster and develop the 'soft skills' that industry is looking for in our graduates while developing competent leaders and future employees.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing Up

Sign up for the learning community takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact 

Emily Bowers
515-294-1069
ebowers@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/

 

CELTs (Computer Engineering Learning Teams)

Majors eligible to join

Freshman in Computer Engineering.

 

Program description

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Math 165Math 166
Chem 167Phys 221
CprE 185CprE 186

During fall semester, students in the computer engineering learning community participate in the first semester course, CprE 185 Introduction to Computer Engineering and Problem Solving. The goal of the course is to obtain experience solving problems using C programming and to learn to function as an engineer in a team. Project based examples from computer engineering. Computer based projects and solutions of engineering problems using the C language.

During spring semester, students in the computer engineering learning community participate in the second semester course, CprE 186 Exploring Computer Engineering. CprE 186 was designed with special emphasis on the supporting laboratory experiments and interactive robots. Students design, implement and test computer based projects in an interactive, team oriented approach. This one credit course is only open to learning community students.

 

Living Options

Students live in Friley Hall with 3 live in peer mentors.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Tina Prouty
515-294-7282
tnprouty@iastate.edu


Dr. Tom Daniels
515-294-8375
daniels@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

http://www.ece.iastate.edu/academics/learning-communities/

 

Civil Engineering Keystone

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to Civil Engineering majors only.

 

Program description

The purpose of the Civil Engineering Keystone Learning Community is to help freshmen and transfer students adjust to college life at Iowa State, explore professional opportunities in civil engineering, and connect with their peers within Civil Engineering. Small groups of students will be led by Peer Mentors in team building and social activities. The Learning Community will help students develop the personal and leadership skills needed to succeed in the major and future careers. The course component of Learning Community (CE 120) will include activities such as Career Fair preparation, course registration guidance, work site tours, and faculty interactions. This learning community is designed to allow first-year students to enroll in a number of common courses with peers in their major. 

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

During course registration and new student orientation

 

Contact 

Katie Shields
515-294-3008
kshields@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/

 

Chemical Engineering Transfer

"Student’s should join the learning community to help learn the resources available to them and help build connections with other transfer students in their major.” -Janessa Boley

 

Students Eligible 

New Chemical Engineering transfer students are eligible to join.
 

Program description

The Chemical Engineering academic learning community has been developed to create a sense of connection between transfer students in the department. Through this learning community experience, students will explore their major and career goals while also gaining exposure to the various areas of industry and research that are available to them upon graduation. Focus will also be placed on developing awareness of resources, integration into Iowa State’s campus, and opportunities for growth and advancement through discussions and activities throughout the learning community seminar. Campus exploration will also occur through a variety of experiences including a semester-long group project, interaction with faculty members in the department, and advice from peer mentors who were transfer students themselves.

In addition, members of the academic learning community will create a culture of connection and collaboration through clustered coursework. 
 

Living Options 

None

 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during Orientation.

 

Contact 

 

Mackenzie Schwartz
2162B Sweeney
515-294-3960
mjs18@iastate.edu

Chemical Engineering Upper-Division

Majors eligible to join

Chemical Engineering majors enrolling in ChE 325 and English 314.

 

Program description

The Chemical Engineering & Technical Communication learning community links two of our junior-level courses: Engl 314 – Technical Communication and ChE 325 – Chemical Engineering Lab 1. This links allows for assignments to be coordinated between the two classes and provides in-depth instruction on how to write technical lab reports.

A student peer mentor, who has previously completed both courses successfully, will assist learning community members with report format requirements. This peer mentor must be capable of evaluating reports from the perspective of style requirements and clarity to ensure students are receiving a consistent message from both courses. In this format, student motivation and performance has improved by the very evident connection between report writing in principle and in the context of conveying their own results.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Sign up will take place during Registration. Please ask your adviser for details.

Registering for the learning community will allow you to register for the reserved sections of English 314.  Registration for the learning community is by using a Reference number, which can be obtained from CBE Department Advisers.  The learning community must be the first course entered onto your schedule to allow you to add the appropriate English 314 section.  If any course is entered before the learning community, you will not be allowed to add the learning community section of English 314.  Any courses on your schedule prior to enrolling in the learning community will need to be removed from your schedule, then enroll in the learning community, continue enrollment in the semester’s courses.  Registering for the learning community does not automatically enroll you in English 314 or in ChE 325; you must add these courses separately.

Contact 

Stephanie Loveland
2052 Sweeney
515-294-3024
prairie@iastate.edu

 

Chemical Engineering Freshmen

"The best part of being in this Learning Community is gaining those connections with students that you will be in classess with for the rest of your college career." -John Schomers

 

Students Eligible 

First-year students who have declared Chemical Engineering (ChE) as their intended major
 

Program description

The ChE Learning Community has two options. Students may elect to participate in one or both communities as space allows.

Residential Learning Community – This learning community is designed to develop connections between first-year students in Chemical Engineering. Men and women in this co-ed residential learning community will live with other students in their major on the Spinney House in Friley Hall (Union Drive). A peer mentor will provide assistance to learning community members as they transition to Iowa State University. The peer mentor will facilitate activities throughout the academic year to build a sense of connection and cohesion among learning community participants. These relationships are meant to help students foster a sincere sense of belonging in the department, university, and Ames community, while creating opportunities to live and learn together.
 

Academic Learning Community –This learning community is designed to allow first-year students to enroll in a number of common courses with peers in their major. Students will build relationships with their peers while learning fundamental coursework in the College of Engineering. Several peer mentors will provide assistance to learning community members as they transition to Iowa State University. These peer mentors will also facilitate activities throughout the academic year to build a sense of connection and cohesion among learning community participants. These relationships are meant to help students foster a sincere sense of belonging in the department, university, and Ames community, while creating opportunities to study and learn together.

 

Living Options 

Our first-year ChE Living Community is located on Spinney House in Friley Hall (Union Drive).

 

Signing up

1. Incoming students must indicate their preference for joining the residential learning community when completing the Department of Residence Housing Contract on AccessPlus. Space is limited and will be assigned to students based upon the date their housing contract is submitted.
2. Incoming students must indicate their interest in joining the academic learning community at their academic advising appointment during orientation.

 

Contact

Mackenzie Schwartz
2162B Sweeney
515-294-3960
mjs18@iastate.edu

 

Web Sites

Residential Learning Community: http://www.housing.iastate.edu/places/house.php?id=38

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering: https://www.cbe.iastate.edu/

Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering

Majors eligible to join

Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

 

Program description

The Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering Learning Community (LC) focuses on creating a learning environment that enhances our freshmen, sophomore, and junior students' academic experience at ISU. Our freshmen LC focuses on linking students within engineering basic program courses and our orientation course. The sophomore and junior learning communities focus on linking our Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering fundamentals courses with engineering statistics and biological sciences. Upperclassmen serve as in-class mentors to help facilitate meaningful discussions and interaction opportunities for the LC students. Faculty interaction is also a key focus of these learning communities. Several social events take place over the academic year.

 

Living Options

Our freshmen/sophomore Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering Living Community is located on the third and fourth floors of Maple Hall and fourth floor of Helser.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Lindsay Frueh
515-294-5189
lindsay@iastate.edu

Ben McCarty
515-294-4087
bmccarty@iastate.edu

 

 

Web Site

http://www.abe.iastate.edu

 

Aerospace Engineering (Launch Pad)

Majors eligible to join

Aerospace engineering majors
Aerospace engineering majors in the Honors Program

 

Program description

The Launch Pad Learning Community focuses on creating a learning environment that enhances the freshman year experience for new aerospace engineering (Aer E) students. The learning team is a course-based learning community in which participants enroll in the same sections of required courses with other Aer E students. The learning teams are available for students beginning in Math 143 (pre-calculus) through Math 166 (calculus II). The Honors option is available to any student in the First-Year Honors Program, with honors sections of each of the learning community courses being offered.

Upper-class students serve as peer mentors, both within the classroom and lab setting and outside of class, to help facilitate meaningful discussions and interaction opportunities for the learning community students. The learning community activities and events also offer students opportunities to engage with our faculty.  Participants will build social and academic support through program activities that will help their transition into Iowa State and the Aer E department.

 

Living Options

The Aerospace Engineering Residential Learning Community is offered in conjunction with the ISU Department of Residence and is housed in Helser Hall.
 

Signing Up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.”

 

WiSE Transfer

Program Description

Students participating in the WiSE Transfer Experience focus on personal, professional, and leadership development while creating community with other transfer women in STEM. Students participating in the learning community also receive support from a peer mentor. WiSE transfer peer mentors are upper-division students (also former transfer students) in STEM majors, to help you transition to Iowa State. The WiSE Transfer Experience offers a variety of options and you have the opportunity to choose which component(s) are most beneficial to you. Sign up for the Transfer Experience or contact Sarah DuBois with any questions.

 

WiSE Transfer Residential Living (Optional)

WiSE offers transfer students the opportunity to live in community with other female STEM transfer students. We hold spots in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, for our transfer students. To sign up, fill out your online Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus and select the WiSE Frederiksen Court Option under the learning communities tab.

 

Scholarships 

WiSE offers scholarships to incoming, current and transfer students who are enrolled in STEM curricula at Iowa State. Scholarship criteria, applications, and deadlines are listed on the WiSE scholarship page here.

 

Questions regarding the WiSE Transfer Experience?

Contact:
Sarah DuBois, Program for Women in Science and Engineering
218 Carver
515-294-5883
sedubois@iastate.edu 

 

Web Site

www.wise.iastate.edu


 

 

WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering)

 

Program Description

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Residential Living Option is one of the many ways to engage with WiSE during your first year. The residential clusters are designed to help first-year students connect and build a community with other women in  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In majors where women continue to be underrepresented at Iowa State, the residential option increases the retention and graduation rates for students living in a WiSE cluster.
 

Living Options

WiSE first-year students have several location options available, all of which are formatted as clusters, where the majority of students are female-identifying and majoring in STEM fields.

For the full listing of locations, visit: https://www.wise.iastate.edu/current/first-year-experience/residential

 

I knew that I had an accessible program to use for academic, social and emotional resources. I knew that my peer mentor genuinely cared about my success and my personal growth as I transitioned into college life. The learning community experience also helped me to meet friends that share my academic and career interests. – Olivia T.

To me, the best part of being in a learning community is being surrounded by people with similar interests to you. Through learning communities, I have met people within my major and similar majors who I can study with, do homework with, and spend time with. – Emily T.

The best part of being in a learning community was having the opportunity to express myself in different ways. We had several different types of activities, events, and meetings that I was able to utilize. Whether it was a 1-on-1 with my peer mentor, or a group activity with my peers, my learning community gave me an opportunity to share how I was doing with academics, social life, and being away from home. This helped me throughout my first year at Iowa State and gave me a great foundation for how to succeed in the rest of my adventure at Iowa State. – Jenna S.

The best part of being in a learning community is knowing that there are people who you can call not only to get help with homework, but to hang out with. Having those kinds of friendships has been crucial to my time at Iowa State. – Shelby R.

 

Contact

Carly Miller
218 Carver
515-294-9964
millerc@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

www.wise.iastate.edu

 

 

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