Trace Tuthill: Outstanding Senior in Agricultural Engineering

Trace Tuthill

Major: Agricultural engineering, focus on energy and machinery

Minors: Agricultural and agronomy company

Hometown: Wyoming, Illinois

Clubs and activities: American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers – three years on the Board of Directors, Fluid Power Club – Founder and Treasurer, undergraduate research with Dr Brian Steward, Honors Program, Honors Ambassador, First Year Honors leader, The Salt Company – student leader

Awards and honors: Dean’s List, Tau Beta Pi, Honors Program Graduate

Who has been your most influential mentor in Iowa State?

Brian Steward, professor of agricultural engineering and biosystems, was instrumental in my success here at Iowa State. He was my undergraduate research research mentor for four years, my specialist project advisor, and he helped introduce myself to the company I will be working for after graduation.

What would be your greatest accomplishments in Iowa State?

I have two. First, to graduate in four years while qualifying for graduation from the Honors program. I got a double minor and took a semester to study abroad while earning my engineering degree and being very involved in campus organizations. Managing this workload and being able to achieve my academic goals has been very rewarding.

Second, study abroad in Poland for one semester. I had an amazing experience and made a group of friends that I can now see. Being able to adapt to a different culture and travel to Europe for four months is something I’m really proud of.

What’s your favorite place on campus?

Definitely Sukup Hall. This is where my major is housed and I think this building is really a great place to study, work and hang out with friends. Plus, I’ve spent more time there over the past four years than any other place.

What’s your advice for first-year engineering students in the state of Iowa?

Pick one thing that is outside of your comfort zone and do it. You don’t need to be good at it and you don’t need to stick with it if you really hate it, but you came to college to challenge yourself and broaden your horizons. You are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t step outside once in a while.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to help my family farm in Illinois by working with the pigs or on the crop side. I also do woodworking when I am at home.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be working for Iowa Fluid Power at Cedar Rapids as an applications engineer. I can help design and build unique machines powered by hydraulics.

Amalia H. Mercado