Graduating Engineering Subjects from 'Student Experience' Series Provide Updates

Throughout the past academic year, the University of Iowa's "Iowa Now" web site has published numerous profiles on University of Iowa students -- including Engineering -- under the banner of "The Student Experience." This series showcases students who excel academically—inside and outside the classroom.

Several of our profile subjects are graduating this month, including Engineering senior Alex Zeppieri, which "Iowa Now" just featured. "Iowa Now" reached out to previously featured students to find out where they are heading after graduation. Below you'll find updates and links to the previously published content.


Sraavya Undurty

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

Area of study: Biomedical engineering

The University of Iowa senior and biomedical engineering major has worked in two faculty research laboratories, helped teach an engineering class to her

peers, volunteers at UI Hospitals and Clinics, interprets for native Spanish speakers at mobile medical clinics in eastern Iowa, and occupies center stage in an a cappella group that mashes American pop music and Indian Bollywood.

Update: In January, Undurty indicated she had been applying to medical schools, including the University of Iowa, with plans to be a pediatric physician. This fall, Undurty will start her medical at the University of Iowa.

Original story: Biomedical engineering student was quick to impress in research labs



Allison Kindig

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Areas of study: Industrial engineering, global health studies, business administration

During her first semester, Kindig met with H.S. (Uday) Udaykumar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering,

enrolled in his class, and traveled to northwestern India. Once there, she and her classmates built a small solar cooker and demonstrated it to local villagers. She returned to India this past winter—this time as Udaykumar’s research assistant on a project funded by the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Update: Kindig has received a 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to attend the University  of Cambridge, England. Kindig, who conducted independent research on alternative cooking technologies in rural India and Cameroon as a UI undergraduate, plans to continue her exploration of sustainable product design in the University of Cambridge's Engineering for Sustainable Development program.

Original story: Cedar Rapids engineering major develops solar stoves in India