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Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10.
During his time at Iowa State, Jacobson made an impact within the student body and Ames community through several leadership roles. He serves on the United Way Story County Board of Directors and is part of the Allocations Committee. He also co-founded and co-directs CyServe Council, which unifies service organizations on campus and serves as a liaison between the Story County community and Iowa State students.
Additionally, Jacobson has served as president of Cardinal Key, president of the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, community adviser in the residence hall system for three years, and a peer mentor in the IMSE department.
As an undergraduate, Jacobson held two internships as a process engineering intern – one at Pepsico (Quaker) and one at Anderson Windows & Doors. At Pepsico, he led an operating team that implemented changeover standards and reduced waste by $144, 000 annually. He also implemented an idea system for production workers that yielded 45 new ideas, eleven of which were implemented by the end of his internship. With Anderson Windows & Doors, he created an optimized standard work procedure and trained the production workers, reducing labor costs by $100, 000 annually. He also simplified the types of packaging materials used in the operation, reducing material costs by $65, 000 annually.
Jacobson is concurrently pursuing his graduate degree and has developed lab curriculum for IE432-Industrial Automation and co-taught IE148-Information Engineering.
“Working with such caring faculty and staff in the industrial engineering department and with students who have bought into the program has truly been an amazing experience, ” Jacobson said. “I have the privilege to know many passionate Iowa State engineers and I am always impressed with their adventures at Iowa State. The technical background and leadership skills of Iowa State engineers provides for great potential and I have already seen many student’s unleash this potential. The amazing thing is that this is just the beginning. I am excited to see what our 2014 ISU engineering graduates will do and am honored to represent this group!”