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Members Profile

important thing that IEEE-HKN has done for me
is given me opportunities to network with my
colleagues and future employers. I have made
some incredible, lifelong friendships through the Nu
Chapter. I am forever grateful for all IEEE-HKN has
done for me.
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STUDENT PROFILE:

Stephanie Engelhardt
Nu Chapter
Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Stephanie Engelhardt
attends Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She
is the current president of Iowa State's IEEE-HKN
Nu Chapter and is working towards her B.S. in
Computer Science. Additionally, she is involved
in a dance company on campus, Orchesis II, and
is an undergraduate research assistant. Some of
Stephanie's accomplishments include: Academic
ranking in the top 2% of her class; HackISU 1st
place for the best retail hack (Fall 2017); named as
one of the best coders in her software project class
as well as her group's project being selected as the
honorable mention for best project.
What has it meant to you to be inducted
IEEE-HKN?
Being inducted into IEEE-HKN has opened
numerous doors for me. One way IEEE-HKN has
helped me to improve as an individual is by giving
me the chance to take on leadership roles. I have
served as the website chair, vice president, and
now am currently the president of the Nu Chapter.
Prior to serving as the website chair, I had no
website programming experience and was able
to learn a lot during my elected time. Additionally,
being vice president and now president has given
me numerous opportunities to develop both my
leadership and public speaking abilities. Another

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One of my favorite HKN memories is when our
chapter hosted a "Nerd Out" trivia night at our
school's program, ISU AfterDark. Our club had a lot
of fun putting together different trivia questions and
then at the program, we had a phenomenal turn
out! The school helped to fund prizes, so people
got really excited to win, which made the night even
more exciting.
Why did you choose to study the engineering field?
In high school, I was torn between physical therapy,
mathematics education, and forensic science.
Majoring in an engineering field hadn't even crossed
my radar. When I came to Iowa State University
to major in mathematics education, I had to take
a programming course due to state initiatives to
teach more programming in schools. When I took
this course, I fell in love with programming but was
afraid to make a big change to my major. So, I tried
doing a Hackathon and taking online programming
courses to see if this was something I truly did love,
and I realized that the common theme of my original
prospective careers was problem solving. I decided
to change my major to computer science, which
enables me to solve all kinds of different problems
all day. I am so excited to be pursuing something
that is my passion and have never regretted
changing majors.
What do you love about engineering?
I love the problem solving aspect to engineering
and how there are many different ways to solve
one problem. It is an amazing feeling when you
finally solve a problem that you have been working



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