Meet the Peer Mentors

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 Alexis Cordts 

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Sophomore

Bio: Alexis Cordts is a sophomore majoring in Software Engineering from Bettendorf, Iowa. Her favorite thing to be apart of on campus is Digital Women.  When she is not doing homework and programming, she likes to hang out with friends, try new things, and being very outgoing and meeting new people. She is super excited to be a peer mentor and help everyone get adjusted to Iowa State and software engineering.

 Erin Elsbernd

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Senior

Bio: Erin is a senior majoring in Software Engineering from Decorah, Iowa. She likes NPR podcasts, documentaries, and learning things she does not yet know.  Her main academic interests encompass machine learning, recurrent neural networks, and embedded systems.  In her free-time she enjoys AcroYoga, dancing, and board game nights with friends. She looks forward to meeting and working with the students in SE 185!

 Jesrik Gomez

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Senior

Bio: Jesrik is a senior majoring in Software Engineering, and minoring in Math. His main technical interests includes: software design, software construction, parallel computing, and graph theory.  Jesrik has been a software developer at the Iowa Department of Transportation since the end of his sophomore year. He has worked on several applications, but nowadays, focuses on full-stack web development.  This summer, Jesrik will be a interning at Western Digital in Rochester, Minnesota as a software engineer. He is eager to work with big data frameworks alongside machine learning algorithms. 

 Ann Gould

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Senior

Bio: Ann is a senior in software engineering and is from West Des Moines, Iowa. In her free time you can probably find Ann hanging out with friends, going on runs, rollerblading, listening to music, creating mixed media art, or eating Thai food. Back in high school, she realized that she liked the potential programming had the creativity and potential associated in it and developed a passion for coding. Ann has interned at Entrepreneurial Technologies and General Dynamics IT and is a mentor for Iowa Girls Code. In terms of programming, Ann enjoys working on web development and hopes to someday be a fullstack developer and can't wait to meet and help out new software engineering students.

 Christine Hicaro

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Senior

Bio: Christine is originally from La Grange, a suburb of Chicago, but she decided to attend ISU to switch things up a bit. She is very involved on campus, holding leadership roles in Digital Women, Web Dev Club, Com S 227 (TA), and now SELC as a peer mentor. As for work experience, she has completed two internships at Google (Display Ads and Android Google Maps Mobile teams) and one at Workiva (Engineering Productivity team). One of her greatest passions is increasing diversity and the retention of underrepresented groups in tech. She is a little quirky, being known for loving random things like ET, dinosaurs, and Dunkin iced coffee.

 Angela Schauer 

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Major: Software Engineering 

Year: Junior

Bio: Angela Schauer is a junior in Software Engineering. Her hometown is Farmington, MN. In high school she was part of a FIRST robotics team and went to the world competition her senior year. On campus she is involved with the marching band and hockey pep band. In her free time she likes to watch YouTube, play video games, and do yoga. She is double majoring in German and spent the past summer studying abroad in Mannheim, Germany. She was in the learning community last year and hopes to use her experience to better the program for the incoming students.

 Steven Sheets

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Sophomore 

Bio: Steven Sheets is a sophomore here at Iowa State. He is extremely excited to be a part of the software engineering peer mentoring team! Steven enjoys trying out new things and always keeps an open mind. You can most likely find Steven in the TLA working on homework or studying. In his free time, he loves hanging out with friends, making new friends and just having conversations. Don't hesitate to contact Steven with anything you may need! 

 Colton Smith

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Major: Software Engineering

Year: Senior

Bio: Colton Smith is from a small town in Central Illinois called Trivoli. Being from a small town his graduating class was a modest one-hundred students. His hobbies include fishing, video games, watching movies, and just having a good time with friends. When he first came to Iowa State, he was an undeclared engineer that had no idea what field he wanted to dive into. After about six weeks of exposure to all the different majors helped him decide that he wanted to be a Software Engineer. He hopes that as a learning community peer mentor he will help new student adjust as smoothly as possible.

 

 

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