Mya O'Connell


Manly, Iowa 

Clubs and activities 

I work as a Resident Assistant and as a Peer Mentor. In the past, I have also worked as a tutor. I have studied abroad twice, and I have been involved in Freshmen Leaders in Engineering. I am currently involved in the Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Pi. 

Valuable hands-on learning  

My study abroad experiences were the most valuable. I got to experience diverse cultures and since my lab courses were completed abroad, I got practical experience with the engineering theories I had been studying while abroad. 

My internships and co-op were also valuable hands-on learning experiences. They taught me what I did and did not want out of my career and helped me get my post-graduation job. 

Most influential mentor 

One of the Ch E academic advisors, Matt Brown. Matt had always encouraged me to have as many experiences as possible, whether that be helping with the study abroad process or suggesting classes I may want to take. 

Greatest accomplishment at Iowa State 

I would consider my tutor groups to be my greatest accomplishment. I loved being able to help fellow students better understand the material in their classes. 

Plans after graduation 

I will be moving to Cedar Rapids to work for FM Global. 

Making my mark on the world 

I’m hoping to leave the world a safer place. 

Engineering like a Cyclone Engineer 

I think the best thing about the Iowa State engineering experience is the relationships I’ve built with my peers. Being an Iowa State engineer is a team effort, and my classmates were essential in navigating the coursework and offered perspectives that will always stay with me. 


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December 12th, 2023

Mya O’Connell: Outstanding senior in chemical engineering

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November 16th, 2023

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

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Brittany Hartwell named 2023 Cyclone Engineering Young Alumni Award winner

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October 3rd, 2023

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

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September 7th, 2023

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

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August 9th, 2023

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

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August 9th, 2023

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

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August 7th, 2023

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June 15th, 2023

Nigel Reuel named Stanley Chair in Interdisciplinary Engineering

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