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Iowa State University

Iowa State University statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Des Moines, Iowa Area - 37,976
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area - 9,128
Greater Chicago Area - 7,856
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area - 3,411
Greater Omaha Area - 3,352

Where they work

John Deere - 873
Wells Fargo - 866
Rockwell Collins - 805
DuPont Pioneer - 651
Principal Financial Group - 544

What they do

Engineering - 15,444
Operations - 11,342
Education - 10,412
Sales - 10,150
Research - 8,307
Entrepreneurship - 7,966
Information Technology - 7,106
Program and Project Management - 5,503

What they studied

Mechanical Engineering - 5,727
Business Administration and Management, General - 4,934
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 4,571
Computer Science - 4,171
Marketing - 4,152
Psychology - 3,641
Journalism - 3,494
Finance, General - 3,361

 What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 26,306
Customer Service - 22,381
Leadership - 21,938
Public Speaking - 18,443
Management - 18,155
Microsoft Excel - 17,743
Project Management - 15,028
Strategic Planning - 14,828

Notable alumni

JohnJohn Gustafson

Visiting Scientist at A*STAR - Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Senior Staff Scientist at Floating Point Systems, inc.
Computational Scientist at Ames Laboratory
Director at Intel Corporation
Ph.D., Applied Mathemtics

1978 – 1982


StevenSteven VanRoekel

Lead Woodworker at VRWoodworks
Speech and Strategy Assistant to Bill Gates at Microsoft Corporation
Premier Support and Presales Technical Advisor at Microsoft Corporation
Chief Innovation Officer at United States Agency for International Development
BS, Business and Information Systems

1988 – 1994


ScottScott Stanzel

Director, Communications at Amazon (We're Hiring!) 
President at Stanzel Communications
Director, Consumer Communications at Amazon
Field Representative and Media Coordinator at Bush for President
Bachelor of Arts, Major - Journalism/Public Relations, Minor - Political Science

1991 – 1995


StevenSteve Collins

Board Member
Board Member at Instructure, Inc.
VP Business Development at The Walt Disney Company
Board Member at The SAVO Group
BS, Industrial Engineering

1983 – 1987


        Iowa State University Recommendations to apply

Well Prepared Students Come from ISU
I received a very thorough education in the field of Exercise Science at ISU! As a Fitness Presenter I often travel to other colleges and universities and prepare students in the field to take their Personal Trainer exam. I feel that I received one of the best educations out there. The depth of the program and variety of topics covered prepared me to work with clientele of all different ages and physical situations. In addition to the educational benefits I gained at ISU, I also received a lot of support from my faculty/staff in my professional career search. While ISU may be a large school, the small town feel of the surrounding community made me proud to call it home for 4 years!

AmberLynn Pappas Amber

Fitness Professional
1999 – 2005, B.S.




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