What is ESAC?

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is an elected body of staff members that represents fellow staff members in the College of Engineering.  

ESAC facilitates communication within the college, represents staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensures staff involvement in committees and discussions that affect College of Engineering staff. 

ESAC also promotes local community service and social activities to encourage community-building within the College of Engineering, and to give back in our larger community.

Upcoming ESAC Meetings

Any staff employed in the College of Engineering may attend.

Thursday, June 16: 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom (agenda to come)

Read past meeting minutes here

News & Events

Terry Trueblood 'Grill and Chill' social event: Thursday, June 16, 4 to 7 p.m. at Terry Trueblood park in Iowa City (food from 5:30 to 6:30). FREE food; open to all CoE staff, and bring your families/partners. Please RSVP here. Update: Boat rentals will be available, but will need to be purchased by individuals, per new UI guidelines. 


The Engineering Staff Advisory Council consists of four standing committees and ad hoc committees. The council may create ad hoc committees to plan, develop, implement, or investigate activities and projects. Any staff member employed in the College of Engineering may serve on an ad hoc committee.

Standing Committees:

  1. Executive: Formulate goals and direction for council, solicit constituent input, and express concerns to and receive feedback from College of Engineering administration, Engineering Administrative Council, Engineering Faculty Council, and Engineering Student Council.
  2. Bylaws/Policies & Procedures: Review bylaws and policies and recommend revisions, and act as parliamentary advisor in order to maintain productive ESAC meetings.
  3. Elections: Carry out elections in accordance with the council bylaws and to solicit candidates for vacant seats on the council.
  4. Staff Awards: Solicit and review nominations, and send recommendations to the Dean for the Mary Sheedy Staff Excellence, Staff Community Engagement, Staff Research, and Staff Student Success Awards

Ad Hoc Committees:

  1. Engagement and Inclusion: Increase awareness of the College of Engineering’s many people, projects, and centers. We seek to creatively connect with units and individuals within the college to foster a sense of community and collaboration that is inherently difficult to maintain during the challenges we are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to build bridges between the College of Engineering and the broader community, to listen to and support communities who may not have been included or accounted for within current engineering communities or outreach efforts. 
  2. Publicity and Greeting: Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement; reach out to new staff members 
  3. Sustainability: Increase awareness for and encourage participation in campus sustainability initiatives, and explore new opportunities to reduce the College of Engineering’s ecological footprint.

2020-2021 Councilors

Photo Member Name Committee Involvement Email Address Affiliation Term Limits
Travis Greenlee
Travis Greenlee Executive (president)

Staff Award (chair)

Travis-Greenlee@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2020 to June 2022
Andrew Veit
Andrew Veit

Executive (VP/president-elect)
Elections (chair)
Publicity & Greeting

Andrew-Veit@uiowa.edu National Advanced Driving Simulator July 2021 to June 2023
Joshua Lobb
Joshua Lobb Engagement and Inclusion Joshua-Lobb@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2020 to June 2022
Michelle Reyes
Michelle Reyes Executive (secretary)
Bylaws/Policies (chair)
Michelle-Reyes@uiowa.edu National Advanced Driving Simulator July 2020 to June 2022
  Katie Schnedler Executive (treasurer)
Staff Awards
Katie-Schnedler@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2019 to June 2022
Brian Morelli
Brian Morelli Publicity & Greeting
Staff Awards
Brian-Morelli@uiowa.edu Iowa Technology Institute December 2020 to June 2022
Breanna Shea
Breanna Shea Engagement and Inclusion (chair)

IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering

July 2021 to June 2023
Kristine Roggentien
Kristine Roggentien

Engagement and Inclusion
Publicity & Greeting (chair)

Kristine-Roggentien@uiowa.edu National Advanced Driving Simulator July 2021 to June 2023
Cathy Koebrick
Cathy Koebrick Advisor Cathy-Koebrick@uiowa.edu Seamans Center Ex Officio
April Tippett
April Tippett Advisor April-Tippett@uiowa.edu Seamans Center Ex Officio