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HKN Nu Chapter Alum Shares Stories and Advice with Current Student Members

By June 2, 2023 No Comments

Stories of Chapter life, academic pursuits, and where an engineering career could take someone were on the menu when John McWilliams (Nu Chapter) and his wife, Jane, met with current members of the Nu Chapter, Iowa State University, over dinner.

“Dinner with the McWilliams and other Student members of our Chapter was an enjoyable evening, where we not only got a break from studying, but an opportunity to hear John share stories from his life as a professional engineer,” said Chapter President Evan McKinney. “With John we discussed the history of the State of Iowa, history of engineering at Iowa State University, and some hilarious stories from his global travels.”

“It is always interesting to talk to people who were in my shoes once and see how much has changed, or more interestingly, how much has stayed the same,” said Chapter Vice President Felipe Verela Carhalho. “Meeting such an experienced HKN alum like John and his wife, Jane, transcends the HKN experience since it just shows to us, young professionals, how many opportunities we have in front of us and where our job as engineers can lead us to. Furthermore, I say this from all of the HKN members that were present during dinner, just having the opportunity to sit down and talk to an HKN alum, ask questions and share experiences provided us with a great time.”

For their part, the McWilliams said the evening was quite enjoyable. “We swapped old engineering stories and new engineering stories, covering the range of taking a course to learn how to use a calculator to studying quantum computing while eating barbeque,” John said. “As an alumni member of Nu Chapter, meeting these outstanding students gave me insight into the future of engineering.”

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