Learning Communities

IDEAL (InDustrial Engineers are Leaders) Learning Communities

At Iowa State University, learning communities are groups of students who generally take several courses together and are in similar major programs. IDEAL Learning Communities help Industrial Engineering students transition into college life by developing a supportive network of students, peer mentors, faculty and staff. Peer mentors are successful, experienced IE students who share their academic, internship, study abroad and campus involvement experiences with community members. They regularly schedule out-of-class activities, ranging from study groups to social events.

2017-2018 IDEAL Freshman Learning Community Peer Mentors
Moira_HendersonMoira Henderson
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Industrial Engineering, Spanish minor
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Hobbies: Reading, relaxing with my cats, and Netflix
Clubs and organizations: Iowa State’s Honors Program, SWE, WiSE
Favorite memory at ISU: My first football game! It was my first game as a student and we beat Northern Iowa!
Advice for new students: Get involved! It’s the best way to meet new friends who have the same interests as you!
Interesting fact about me: I have a twin sister!
Alec_JennrichAlec Jennrich
Year: Junior
Major and Minor: Industrial Engineering, Sales Engineering minor
Hometown: Frankfort, Illinois
Hobbies: Movies, concerts, camping, sports
Clubs and organizations: Sales Engineering Club
Favorite memory at ISU: Beating University of Iowa in Basketball with seconds left last year
Advice for new students: Leave your door open.
Interesting fact about me: I once drank chocolate milk for 136 consecutive days.
Sami Larson
Year:
Sophomore
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Hobbies: Netflix, hockey, lacrosse, hanging out with friends
Clubs and organizations: Member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, WiSE, Society of International Engineers
Favorite memory at ISU: All football games
Brief advice for freshmen: Get involved in clubs and activities right away to meet people. Also, be prepared for classes to be harder than high school and utilize things like tutors, office hours and SI.
Interesting fact about me: I grew up playing hockey and have been playing for over 14 years.
Matthew Lubben
Year:
Sophomore
Major and minor: Industrial Engineering, Engineering Sales minor
Hometown: Hudson, Iowa
Hobbies: Climbing, running, and cycling
Clubs and organizations: CyServe Council, Delta Upsilon Fraternity
Favorite memory at ISU: Having my honors section sing happy birthday to me on my birthday.
Brief advice for freshmen: Leave your door open in your residence hall. Make an effort to get to know the people living near you and in your classes.
Interesting fact about me: I like to go rock climbing.
Shibani Raje
Year:
Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Hobbies: Singing, Netflix, baking, running (kind of), spending time with family/friends
Clubs and organizations: Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers, IMSE Student Ambassador, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Alpha Scholar
Favorite memory at ISU: Trying out new food places with my friends!
Brief advice for freshmen: Always be open to new experiences because you never know who you’ll meet or what experiences you’ll end up enjoying!
Interesting fact about me: I studied abroad in Spain this past summer!
Alli Theisen
Year:
Junior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Le Claire, Iowa
Hobbies: Photography, boating, volleyball and crafts
Clubs and organizations: Alpha Delta Pi, BIEDA, Project Jamaica and WiSE
Favorite memory at ISU: Winning Yell Like Hell (homecoming tradition) my freshman year
Advice for new students: Introduce yourself to new people and try new things. It will be weird and uncomfortable at first but you will make so many new memories along the way!
2017-2018 IDEAL Transitions Learning Community Peer Mentors
Fahad Alsaggaf
Year:
 Senior
Major and minor: Industrial Engineering, Economics minor
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Hobbies: Dancing and watching Netflix (sometimes at the same time)
Clubs and organizations: Iowa State Hip-Hop Club (DubH), IMSE Student Ambassador, Cyclone Aide
Favorite memory at ISU: Going to my first basketball game and witnessing the Hilton Magic.
Advice for new students: Get involved on campus as much as possible; four years pass by so fast.
Interesting fact about me: I am lactose intolerant but I love cheese!
Chris Bauer
Year:
Senior
Major and minor: Industrial Engineering, Engineering Sales minor
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hobbies: Longboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Clubs and organizations: Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and National Society of Leadership and Success
Favorite memory: Homecoming week and football games with friends.
Advice for new students: Come to college with an open mind. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try a new club or sport.
Fun fact about me: I have climbed the tallest mountain in Ireland.
Bradley Coleman
Year:
Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Homewood, Illinois
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports and video games.
Clubs and organizations: National Society of Black Engineers
Favorite memory at ISU: Winning my first intramural t-shirt.
Advice for new students: Get involved early on in your college career.
Interesting fact about me: I studied abroad in Thailand for seven weeks during the summer after my junior year in high school and I can speak a few words in Thai.
Meghan Heavener
Year:
Senior
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois
Hobbies: Spending time with friends, listening to music, going to concerts, hiking and exercise.
Clubs and organizations: Engineering Career Fair Subcommittee, IMSE Student Ambassador, Alpha Gamma Delta Scholarship Committee, WiSE, STLF, and Engineers Without Borders
Favorite memory at ISU: Going on a community service road trip over spring break with STLF.
Advice for new students: Get to know your teachers well and talk to them regularly. They are usually great people and you never know what type of opportunities you’ll run into with them just by having a conversation.
Interesting fact about you: I have never watched an ISU basketball game even though I played 10 years of competitive basketball before college.