Parrish Electrical Engineering Scholarship

Background

My Father in 1937In 2007, I established a permanent endowment to fund the Donald M. Parrish Scholarship in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa to honor my father.
He is a 1937 Electrical Engineering graduate of Iowa State. See his college résumé.

The scholarship fund is managed by the Iowa State University Foundation. Each year the winner is selected by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2012 the winner has been one of the "best and brightest" sophomores in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Donald Maltby Parrish

Donald Parrish 2001 I took this photo of my father, Donald M. Parrish, Sr. on his 87th birthday, September 8, 2001 at his home just 3 days before 9/11. Our ancestor owned the World Trade Center land in 1651.
This photo captures my father's positive outlook. He lived to be 91 and a half. There is more information on him on his page and there is a biographical sketch on his funeral page.

Photos of Visits

Shelly and John On July 16, 2013, I met with Shelly Jordan and John Glover of the Iowa State Foundation on one of their regular visits to Illinois. The enormous Woodfield Mall was a convenient location for our meeting. It was enjoyable to meet represenatives of the Iowa State Foundation in person for the first time. I set up my father's scholarship over the phone and via email in 2007.


Shelly and John On August 3, 2013, I met with Ravi Nagaraju and Ian McInerney, the first two sophomore winners of my father's scholarship. By chance they were both working summer interships at Caterpillar in Peoria. So I drove down and we had lunch. They are both impressive and ambitious young engineers. On the way home, I stopped by Eureka College to see the Reagan Museum.

Parrish Scholarship Winners

This Scholarship has been awarded to Iowa State Sophomores:
 
Year Parrish EE Scholarship Winner High School
2012  Ian McInerney  Illinois Math & Science Academy
2013  Ravi Nagaraju  Richwoods High School
2014  Wyatt Lauer  Edina High School
2015  Wyatt Lauer  Edina High School
2016  Wyatt Hull  Theodore Roosevelt High School
 

Ian McInerney - Winner in 2012

Ian McInerney Ian McInerney was raised in Illinois and was selected to attend the prestigious Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora. It is an internationally recognized residential public high school that “develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics”.

There Ian participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition on Team 2022 as the lead programmer and designer for the robot's control system. (See a video of this type of robotics competition.) That experience guided him towards a focus in control systems in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State.

At IMSA, Ian managed the Student Computing Support Team's Hardware Repair branch. He organized the certification training by laptop manufacturers for 5 fellow students and then directed their repair of damaged student laptops.

In 2007, Ian earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. For his service project, he planned and led a community book drive that collected over 3000 books for daycare centers around the Champaign-Urbana area.

At Iowa State, Ian is a member of the Honors Program and was on the Dean’s list his entire freshman year.

He has been involved with a number of technical projects. One is a CubeSat initiative to design a nano-satellite to orbit the Earth to gather data about radio emissions leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. Ian worked on the power subsystem and was in charge of designing the solar charging system.

Ian was a member of the High Altitude Balloon Experiments in Technology team (HABET). They attach a scientific payload to a helium-filled balloon and let it reach altitudes above 60,000 feet before bringing it back to the ground. Ian was responsible for designing the payload electrical systems and ensuring they were operational for the flight.

Ian is a member of the CySat development team that is designing Iowa State's first satellite for a planned future launch.

 

Ravi Nagaraju - Winner in 2013

Ravi Nagaraju Ravi Nagaraju was born in Madurai, India, and moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1996. He attended Richwoods High School, where he was involved in various extracurricular activities such as tennis, scholastic bowl, and a writer for the school newspaper.

Ravi also collected over 150 hours of community service at various organizations in central Illinois, including the American Red Cross. In 2009, he set the school record for most digits of pi (history) by memorizing an astonishing 314 digits. Ravi graduated as one of the top ten students.

At Iowa State, Ravi is a recipient of the prestigious George Washington Carver Scholarship (GWC), which covers full tuition. Through the program, he had the chance to present a poster at the 2012 Iowa State Conference on Race & Ethnicity (ISCORE). He has also served on the GWC Advisory Board.

Ravi is a member of the Honors Program, and served on the Honors Student Board Executive Committee as Webmaster. Ravi was also selected for the First-Year Honors Mentor Program.

The Mentor Program allowed him to perform research in the medical ultrasound field with Dr. Timothy Bigelow. Ravi co-authored the IEEE article: "Precision Control of Lesions By High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Cavitation-Based Histotripsy Through Varying Pulse Duration."

For two summers, Ravi has worked as a summer engineering intern for Caterpillar in Peoria. In one project he developed a Python application that records the utilization metrics of an electronic control module tester to an external database.

The experience there has steered him towards pursuing a control systems emphasis in his electrical engineering program. This summer, he started teaching Python programming to high school students to spark interest in software-related fields.

 

Wyatt Lauer - Winner in 2014 and 2015

Wyatt Lauer Wyatt Lauer was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. In high school, he played hockey and worked part time at General Sports, a sporting goods store.

During high school, Wyatt volunteered in the Same Day Surgery wing at Fairview Southdale Hospital. He also volunteered at the Fraser School helping kids in a kindergarten classroom for autistic and/or physically challenged children.

At Iowa State, Wyatt is a member of IEEE. For Engineers' Week on campus, he was part of the team which set up a recruiting day for high school seniors to visit campus and learn about the Enginering Program to aid them in deciding to come to Iowa State.

Wyatt is a member of the Honors Program and did research with a graduate student studying how electromagnetics can be used to detect defects in conducting materials before they become dangerous to the structure.

Wyatt is also working on a Make to Innovate (M:2:I) project with two aerospace engineers with the goal of creating an autonomous drone for both space and Mars. This project is in the early stages and his focus is determining how to power the drone with available technology.

At the ACACIA Fraternity, Wyatt is the brotherhood chair. His responsibilities include setting up different activities (lunch, dinner, paintball, skating, etc.) for the fraternity to do together. This is a very selective fraternity of members with a high GPA who strive for academic and social excellence.

At Iowa State in addition to winning the Donald M. Parrish Scholarship, Wyatt was awarded the M. L. Jack Burgess Scholarship and a Academic Excellence Award from ACACIA Fraternity.

During the summer of 2014, Wyatt was an intern at Xcel Energy, a utility company based in Minneapolis. His main project was compiling a database of all of the current underground power lines used in the Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area. The objective was to improve maintenance operations.

At this point, Wyatt's goal is to work with the next generations of electrical power to discover and develop effective and economical methods of using renewable energy to power our country.


Wyatt Hull - Winner in 2016

Wyatt Hull Wyatt Hull was born in Santa Barbara, California and moved to Iowa in 2004. He attended Cowles Elementary, a public Montessori school, in Des Moines. He was fascinated by math & puzzles, enjoyed hands-on activities and was involved the Lego League competition for several years.

He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School and Central Academy / Central Campus. One unique class he took was homebuilding. In high school, Wyatt was the saxophone section leader in the concert band, ran cross country and played soccer at TRHS and the West Des Moines Soccer Club.

During high school, Wyatt volunteered at Camp Shalom and was a camp counselor at the Science Center of Iowa. He got a job at McDonalds at age 15 and later Qdoba Mexican Grill to save money for college.

Wyatt graduated in the top 3% of his class at Roosevelt. He received the President's Education Award and the AP Scholar of Distinction Award. He received the Richard Hewins Scholarship and the George "Pick" Wilson Scholarship.

At Iowa State, Wyatt is a member of the Honors Program. He received two 4 year scholarships: the Cardinal Leadership Scholar Award and the Academic Recognition Award. Wyatt was also awarded the H.S. Ostlin Memorial Scholarship his Freshman year.

As a Sophomore in addtition to the Donald M. Parrish Scholarship in Electrical Engineering, Wyatt was awarded the Horace & Doris Adams Electrical Engineering Scholarship.

Wyatt enjoys the engineering program with its problem solving, challenging homework assignments and labs. He focused on his class work the first year and has a 3.8 cumulative GPA. He participated in intramural sports, went snowboarding for the first time, and is eager to go snowboarding again.

Wyatt is looking forward to being part of a team when he joins an engineering club in the "Make to Innovate" program. He has the goal of finding an electrical engineering internship next summer to gain professional work experience.

 

 
This Scholarship has been awarded to incoming Freshmen:
 
Year Parrish EE Scholarship Winner High School
2008  Jeremy Bruecken  Waukee High School
2010  Alfonso Raymundo  Washington High School
 

Jeremy Bruecken - Winner in 2008

Jeremy Bruecken Jeremy Bruecken from Waukee, Iowa was the first recipient of the Donald M. Parrish Scholarship in Electrical Engineering. In high school, Jeremy was in the top 10% of his class with a 4.0 GPA. Jeremy was the President of the Ping Pong club, achieved Life Scout Rank in the Boy Scouts and was on the design team for the Ultimate Mileage Vehicle contest. He also spent a lot of time working to earn money for college. Jeremy's long time interest in electronics and work on an independent project re-building an old robot led him to decide on Electrical Engineering. At Iowa State he won the President's Award for Competitive Excellence and has joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

 

Alfonso Raymundo - Winner in 2010

Alfonso Raymundo Alfonso Raymundo is from Washington, Iowa, one of the 100 best small towns in America. In high school, he was in the top quarter of his class with a GPA of 3.66. His hobbies include figuring out how remote-controlled helicopters work, robotics, and anime. Alfonso’s parents own a local grocery story. He has 2 brothers and a sister. He is the first in his family to attend college. Alfonso also won a MVP scholarship that pays for his tuition. Alfonso worked at Iowa State this summer as an intern to Professor Ramamoorthy in the Summer Program for Enhancing Engineering Development (SPEED), where he studied the feasibility of using Simulink for programming Software Defined Radios.