Who are you?
-Name: Jared Parr
-Major: Chemical Engineering
-Hometown: Iowa City, IA
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming freshman?
The best way to make friends is by joining a club or organization based on something you enjoy. You'll meet great people with similar interests.
What organizations outside the college of engineering do you belong to?
I am involved in Ski & Snowboard club and Disc Golf Club.
Have you had any international experience? If so, where did you go, for how long, and what did you do?
I have been to Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica on family trips for about a week-long each time. We did plenty of fun things but my two favorites were zip lining in the mountains of Costa Rica and swimming with whale sharks in Mexico.
How are you an "engineer ... and something more"?
From the beginning of my time in the College of Engineering, I have always tried to find something outside of my classes to get involved in. During my first semester as a student, I started working at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center where I met many good friends. Additionally, I am involved in the ski & snowboard club on campus and I am on the executive board for Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity.
Have you done any research with a professor? If so, what department was the professor and what was your research about?
Yes! I spent some time in David Cwiertny's lab in the Environmental Engineering department. My research was focused on monitoring water and air for pollutants. We did this by creating thin polymer mats that are created through a process called electrospinning. The mats are very good at picking up chemicals in water and air that can then be identified using an HPLC instrument.
Is there something else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
Growing up in Iowa City I have always been a huge Iowa football fan and I love going to the games every fall. There is nothing like waking up on a football Saturday in Iowa City with the feeling of excitement all around you. Go Hawks!
What is your favorite part about being a student at The University of Iowa?
I love being an engineer at Iowa's smaller sized college of engineering and being able to have the big college experience. My favorite part of the big college experience is meeting tons of new people and attending BIG10 athletic events.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Jennifer Fiegel in the Chemical Engineering department. She is excellent at explaining material in class and giving real-world applications to the things we learn. She is always in a great mood and easy to talk to about anything, including things not related to the course.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite course at the University of Iowa is a tie between ceramics in the super cool visual arts building and chemical process safety in which I learned a ton of information relevant to industrial professions.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time at The University of Iowa?
In my free time, I enjoy watching Netflix and spending time outdoors. My favorite things to do outside are skiing, hiking, and riding my road bike around the greater Iowa City area.