What is ESAC?

The Engineering Staff Advisory Council is an elected body that represents staff members in the College of Engineering. This constituent group is composed of Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff. The purpose of the Engineering Staff Advisory Council (ESAC) is to facilitate communication within the college, represent staff concerns and issues to College of Engineering Administration, and ensure 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.

Agenda posted for Aug. 24 ESAC meeting

ESAC will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. Please find the draft agenda here. Any staff employed in the College of Engineering may attend. 


Any staff employed in the College of Engineering may attend.

Thursday, Sept. 16
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Draft Agenda

December 2021 - TBD

Thursday, October, 21
2 - 3:30 p.m. via Zoom
Draft Agenda

January 2022 - TBD

November - TBD

February 2022 - TBD


Click here for meeting minutes 


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 Award Evaluation: 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. 
  2. Publicity: Promote operations by maintaining active communication outlets and increasing engineering staff involvement.
  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
Jacob Heiden
Jacob Heiden Executive (President)
Staff Awards (Chair)
Sustainability (Chair)
Jacob-Heiden@uiowa.edu NADS Building/Seamans Center July 2018 to June 2021
Travis Greenlee
Travis Greenlee

Executive (VP/President-Elect)
Elections (Chair)

Travis-Greenlee@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2020 to June 2022
Joshua Lobb
Joshua Lobb Engagement and Inclusion (Chair) Joshua-Lobb@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2020 to June 2022
Dawn Marshall
Dawn Marshall

Engagement and Inclusion

Dawn-Marshall@uiowa.edu NADS Building July 2019 to June 2021
Michelle Reyes
Michelle Reyes Executive (Secretary)
Bylaws/Policies (Chair)
Staff Awards
Michelle-Reyes@uiowa.edu NADS Building July 2020 to June 2022
  Katie Schnedler Executive (Treasurer)
Engagement and Inclusion
Katie-Schnedler@uiowa.edu Seamans Center July 2019 to June 2022
Brian Morelli
Brian Morelli Publicity (chair)
Staff Awards
Brian-Morelli@uiowa.edu Iowa Technology Institute December 2020 to June 2022
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