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. 

June 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Zoom

Read past meeting minutes here.


ELECTION NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN! Please email Alec LaVelle if you wish to nominate a colleague or volunteer yourself for an ESAC position.


News & Events

Bike to Work Week

May 15 is both Bike to Work breakfast in the breezeway 7:30-9A and IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering River Cleanup 10A-12P!!

ESAC Plants Pollinator Garden Outside Seamans Center

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council has installed the ESAC Pollinator Garden on the backside of the Seamans Center. The ESAC Pollinator Garden is the University of Iowa's first project as part of the Bee Campus USA initiative, which commits to reduce pesticides, provide educational opportunities for pollinator conservation, and increase native plantings.  Read More.



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. 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.






Thank You Recognition Program

In alignment with the strategic plan of the College of Engineering (CoE), the Thank You Recognition Program fulfills the goal of creating an environment in which all members of the collegiate community—students, staff, and faculty—are welcomed, supported and able to thrive.

2023-2024 Counselors

PhotoMember NameCommittee InvolvementEmail AddressAffiliationTerm Limits
Brian Morelli
Brian MorelliExecutive (president)Brian-Morelli@uiowa.eduIowa Technology InstituteDecember 2020 to June 2024
Alec La Velle Portrait
Alec La VelleExecutive (vice president)Alec-LaVelle@uiowa.eduDriving Safety Research InstituteJuly 2023 to June 2025
Amanda Jensen
Amanda JensenExecutive (secretary)Amanda-M-Jensen@uiowa.eduChemical and Biochemical EngineeringJuly 2023 to June 2025
Derek Ikoma
Derek Ikoma Derek-Ikoma@uiowa.eduCoE AdministrationJuly 2022 to June 2024
Alyssa Burks
Alyssa Burks Alyssa-Burks@uiowa.eduCoE AdministrationJuly 2022 to June 2024
Justine Hines
Justine Hines Justine-Hines@uiowa.eduCoE AdministrationJuly 2022 to June 2024
Rosemary Tiwari
Rosemary Tiwari Rosemary-Twari@uiowa.eduIIHR Hydroscience and EngineeringJuly 2023 to June 2025
Joseph Honing
Joseph Honings Joseph-Honings@uiowa.eduIIHR Hydroscience and EngineeringJuly 2023 to June 2025
Kate Dudley Portrait
Kate Dudley Katherine-Dudley@uiowa.eduBiomedical EngineeringJuly 2023 to June 2025
Oscar Hernandez-Murcia


Hernandez Murcia




Driving Safety Research InstituteJuly 2023 to June 2025
Diane Fountain
Diane FountainAdvisordiane-fountain@uiowa.eduCoE Human ResourcesEx Officio
April Tippett
April TippettAdvisorApril-Tippett@uiowa.eduCoE Finance and OperationsEx Officio