Iowa State boasts one of the nation’s best engineering colleges. It offers 12 different majors and five minors to more than 7,000 undergraduate engineering students at ISU.
The Cyclones’ undergraduate engineering program ranked 20th–best among public universities according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. The program’s job placement rate (six months after graduation) is a staggering 95%.
A number of current and recent Cyclone football players decided to take advantage of that academic discipline’s significant reputation.
Three offensive linemen headline a pack of aspiring engineers, who double as Cyclone football players.
- Daniel Burton (who started 8 games as a freshman) is majoring in mechanical engineering and earned Academic All-Big 12 distinction last fall;
- Jake Campos (a highly touted freshman redshirt) is majoring in biological systems engineering; and
- Kyle Lichtenberg (a 19-game starter as a Cyclone) is finishing up his degree in electrical engineering after earning Academic All-Big 12 honors three times.
Current Cyclones Ben Boesen (TE, construction), Robby Garcia (DL, civil), Ryan Glenn (OL, construction), Mitchell Harger (OL, aero), Brandon Harbach (RB, civil), Josh Jahlas (DB, civil) and Jared Weaver (LB, aero) are also engineering students.
There is a good partnership brewing between the football players and the engineers. In multiple cases, they are one in the same.