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.

2018-2019 IDEAL Freshman Learning Community Peer Mentors
Thomas Berquist
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
Hobbies: Golfing, Boxing, Investing
Clubs and organizations: Iowa State Pre-Law Club, Investment Club, Phi Delta Theta
Favorite memory at ISU: My first Iowa State tailgate against the University of Iowa
Advice for new students: Network! Even if you think you aren’t going to have a shot with a certain employer, go talk to them because those same recruiters will come to the next career fairs.
Moira_HendersonMoira Henderson
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Industrial Engineering, Spanish minor
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Hobbies: Reading, relaxing with my cats, and Netflix
Clubs and organizations: Iowa State’s Honors Program, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Science and Engineering (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!
Sami Larson
Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota
Hobbies: Netflix, hockey, lacrosse, hanging out with friends
Clubs and organizations: Member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Women in Science and Engineering (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.
Andrew Mitchell
Major/Minor: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Wentzville, Missouri
Hobbies: Watching and playing baseball, fantasy football, and playing spikeball
Clubs and organizations: Sales Engineering Club, Navigators, Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers
Favorite memory at ISU: When Iowa State upset TCU for homecoming and we rushed the field.
Brief advice for freshmen: Utilize your resources if you are struggling in classes (SI, Tutoring, Help Hours, etc.)
Kristen Naber
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hobbies: Tennis, volleyball, concerts, Netflix, and hanging with friends
Clubs and organizations: Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers, Alpha Sigma Kappa, WiSE
Favorite memory at ISU: Going to football games with my friends.
Brief advice for freshmen: Put yourself out there! Talk to someone new or join a new club because you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll end up liking.
Alli Theisen
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Le Claire, Iowa
Hobbies: Photography, boating, and volleyball
Clubs and organizations: Alpha Delta Pi, Circle of Sisterhood, Dance Marathon, and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
Favorite memory at ISU: Winning Yell Like Hell (homecoming tradition) my freshman year
Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to 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!
2018-2019 IDEAL Transitions Learning Community Peer Mentors
Cole Finnegan
Major and minor: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Hobbies: Watching Netflix/YouTube, playing video games, going to the gym, long boarding, spending time with friends.
Clubs and organizations: National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Innovators Making Positive Advances in Creative Technologies (IMPACT), ISU Cycling Club, Sigma Tau Gamma
Favorite memory at ISU: 8:01 Day
Advice for new students: Make sure to force yourself to try new things. It may be scary, but it can help you to make new friends and potentially find your new favorite thing.
Interesting fact about me: I have been doing cyclocross racing since I was 12. If you don’t know what that is, feel free to ask!
Meghan Heavener
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 me: I have never watched an ISU basketball game even though I played 10 years of competitive basketball before college.
Elli Hergott
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Hobbies: Hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.
Clubs and organizations: Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers (IISE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Favorite memory at ISU: Going to all of the basketball games.
Advice for new students: Be yourself! Do what is best for you and remember to have fun.
Interesting fact about me: I have lived in 5 different states (Wisconsin, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa and Minnesota).
Emily Robinson
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Creston, Iowa
Hobbies: Watching basketball & Netflix, spending time with friends, and going to concerts
Clubs and organizations: Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers (IISE)
Favorite memory at ISU: Welding for the first time in I E 348 and finding out it’s not as scary as it looks!
Advice for new students: The best way to feel comfortable in a new place is to go out and meet people! It feels much better when the faces you see around campus are familiar.
Interesting fact about me: My internship last summer involved wearing a mascot suit, and I had no idea until I started working