Who am I
Name: Jared Parr
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
A Little More About Me
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?
Ski & Snowboard club
How are you an "engineer ... and something more"?
During the last four years at Iowa I have been involved in ski snowboard club, worked the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, performed undergraduate research, served on the Theta Tau executive board, and more!
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 Michelle Scherer in the Civil and Environmental Department. I am currently taking environmental chemistry with her and she does an incredible job of making the concepts easy to understand.
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 air pollution control technology which is relevant to my future career.
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.
A fun picture of me.