Student Advisory Council

Software Engineering Student Advisory Council 

The Software Engineering Student Advisory Council is the bridge between students and faculty.  Our main goal is to help continually improve the Software Engineering curriculum along with providing resources to students outside of the classroom. 

The SAC is always looking for new members to join!  If interested in becoming a member please contact us at

Current SAC Members: 


 Garret Meier

Photo of Garret Meier Garret Meier is a Software Engineering Junior, originally from Billings, Montana. Currently, his interests include distributed systems and building large-scale web architecture.  

Garret also very involved with planning HackISU, Iowa State's only hackathon. One of his favorite things about software development is the ability to quickly build out project ideas, and develop them into a minimum viable product. He's involved with the hackathon as a way to provide that experiential learning to both himself and lots of other people.

This summer Garret will be out in sunny San Francisco interning as a Software Engineer for Uber. He'll most likely be working on connecting differing web technologies and hopefully learning a lot!


 Jack Meyer

Photo of Jack MeyerJack is currently a Sophomore in Software Engineering. He enjoys staying active by participating in HackISU, Computer Science and Software Engineering Club, IEEE, and competing in intramurals. Throughout his experiences at Iowa State he has become passionate about the Software Engineering Curriculum and helping other students succeed. His current interests are in Web Development and Data Analytics. For the summer of 2016, he will be interning at Telligen in West Des Moines, IA as a Programmer Analyst Intern.






 Derek Yu


Photo of Derek Yu Derek Yu is from Clive, Iowa and is a Junior in Software Engineering. Prior to Iowa State, he had no development experience. But, with the help of classes and outside learning, he has embraced software engineering. This summer Derek is excited to be at Kansas City interning for Cerner as a Software Engineer, working on technologies integrated with health care.






 Joey Sogard


Photo of Joey Sogard Joey Sogard is a Sophomore studying Software Engineering at Iowa State University.  He is originally from Edina, Minnesota and in his free time enjoys camping, hiking, and working on his own personal programming projects. He plans to minor in Applied Statistics because along with his interest in Application Development, when he gets out of college he is also interested in going into the field of Big Data Analysis.




 Weston Morgan

Photo of Weston Morgan Weston is a Sophomore who joined SE SAC hoping to make valuable changes in the SE community and curriculum. He interned at the robotics company Acieta last summer and will be a Java intern at BusinessSolver in Des Moines this coming summer. 









  Nischay Venkatram 

Photo of Nischay VenkatramNischay Venkatram is a junior in Software Engineering who really enjoys learning new technologies. These days he is strongly focused on machine learning and its uses. He also enjoys traveling and is trying his best to hit various hackathons across the nation this year.  

Nischay is also actively involved in the Iowa State University community. He was a Google Ignite CS mentor last semester where he taught high school students about problem solving and web development. He joined the SE SAC to bridge the gap between the students and faculty and also to improve the curriculum through increased communication, in ways that would benefit both the future students and faculty.  



  Erica Clark 

Photo of Erica Clark Erica is a junior is software engineering with a minor in Spanish. When she is not programming, she enjoys playing board games with friends.