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Annika Lehan

“As a Cyclone Engineer, I would like to use technology to design and improve processes that will help guide us toward a more sustainable future. Additionally, I hope to have a positive impact on my peers and one day be able to provide mentorship because it’s only when we help set up future generations that we will have truly made our impact on the world.”

Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas

Clubs and activities: First-year Honors Program leader, a small group leader for Tau Beta Pi, American Institute of Chemical Engineers the design director,  as well as a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

Valuable hands-on learning experience: I found my internships to be most valuable because they allowed me to see the bigger picture by connecting everything that I had previously learned at Iowa State. Even more so though, my internships taught me so much in such a short time and gave me a better understanding of what information to focus on when I returned to school, helping me get set up with my post-graduation job. 

Most influential mentor: The first was Mackenzie Schwartz, my academic advisor, who was incredibly supportive when I was trying to choose my major and heavily influenced my decision to be a chemical engineer. The second was Dennis Vigil, professor of chemical and biological engineering, whom I did undergraduate research with. He was very encouraging and allowed me time to independently learn through my research while still providing me with valuable feedback and guidance.

Best memory: I volunteered to be the small group leader for Tau Beta Pi’s K-12 Outreach for our first-year members because I wanted to establish a really collaborative and engaging, yet productive, group. Getting to see the success of my initiates’ final project was incredibly rewarding and was one of my proudest moments at Iowa State. 

Plans for after graduation: I have accepted a process engineering assistant position with Burns & McDonnell in their Oil, Gas, and Chemical department in Kansas City, Missouri. Besides that, I plan on taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and beginning my training toward becoming a Professional Engineer (PE). I am also very passionate about design and photography and am excited to have more time post-graduation to further explore those interests.

Making my mark on the world: Time and time again, I am amazed by how far technology has come and what we are able to understand in this day and age. As a Cyclone Engineer, I would like to use technology to design and improve processes that will help guide us toward a more sustainable future. Additionally, I hope to have a positive impact on my peers and one day be able to provide mentorship because it’s only when we help set up future generations that we will have truly made our impact on the world.

Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer: One of the things most appealing to me about Iowa State was the sense of community that can be found everywhere on campus. The engineering program is no different — to this day, I am still meeting new engineers in the program who are incredibly friendly and passionate about making a positive impact. Spending every day with these fellow students and experiencing both the good and challenging times together has been one of the best parts of being a Cyclone Engineer.

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December 12th, 2023

Mya O’Connell: Outstanding senior in chemical engineering

Hometown  Manly, Iowa  Clubs and activities  I work as a Resident Assistant and as a Peer Mentor. In the past, […]

November 16th, 2023

AIChE student chapter again records successes at annual meeting – including another Outstanding Student Chapter honor

The Outstanding Student Chapter award is presented at the meeting. Shown is AIChE student chapter representative Hailey Bates (center), ISU […]

October 27th, 2023

Brittany Hartwell named 2023 Cyclone Engineering Young Alumni Award winner

Brittany Hartwell (’11 chemical engineering) is a biomedical engineer advancing therapies and vaccines for illnesses affecting millions worldwide. As an […]

October 6th, 2023

Shao and Bardhan: Two faculty members in Chemical and Biological Engineering will see research advances with new appointments to professorships

Zengyi Shao, Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Zengyi Shao (left, […]

October 3rd, 2023

Luke Roling named Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow

Luke Roling’s computational research work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has received the support of the […]

September 7th, 2023

Honoring excellence: Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions and new patents

College of Engineering faculty and staff awards Early Achievement in Academic Advising: Holly Dunlay-Lott, student services specialist in materials science and […]

August 9th, 2023

Yue Wu named to collaboration role with Office of Vice President for Research

Tuteja and Wu to Serve in New Collaboration and Mentorship Roles Posted Aug 7, 2023 The Office of the Vice […]

August 9th, 2023

Iowa State researchers receive 2023 Barry Award to investigate cellular structure of pancreatic cancer tumors, improve treatment outcomes

Iowa State Researchers Receive 2023 Barry Award to Investigate Cellular Structure of Pancreatic Cancer Tumors, Improve Treatment Outcomes Caitlin Ware, […]

August 7th, 2023

Building green fertilizer system to reuse waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions

Vignesh Kumar Thoomatti Haridass, a postdoctoral research associate working with Iowa State’s Liang Dong, installs soil and stalk nitrate sensors […]

June 15th, 2023

Nigel Reuel named Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor Nigel Reuel has been named the Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering. […]