Matthew E. Nelson, M.S.
Make to Innovate Director
Office: 0625 Howe Hall
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002
M.S. Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, 2016
Mr. Nelson oversees the Make to Innovate program and is the instructor for both the AerE 294 and 494 courses. His role involves overseeing course development, policies, budget and implementation of the course in the program. Mr. Nelson has a background in circuit design, RF design, and embedded systems and can help students in these areas. Mr. Nelson is also working on his PhD in Human Computer Interactions (HCI) with an emphasis in Engineering Education. His research is in teaching professional development skills to students using Game Based Learning (GBL) and virtual and augmented reality technology.
Interim Program Coordinator
Office: 0627 Howe Hall
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, 2013
Mrs. Nelson (no relation to Matthew Nelson) oversees the day to day operation of M2I. This includes purchasing, management of the lab space and also helps in grading items such as the weekly reports. She also runs and oversees the 3D printers in the 0620 Laboratory. Mrs. Nelson is pursuing her Master’s in Engineering Management.
Cameron Rayburn, M. Eng.
Make to Innovate Academic Coordinator
Office: 2314 Howe Hall
B.S. Aerospace Science Engineering, Tuskegee University, 2001
M.B.A. ITT Technical Institute, 2006
M.E. Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, 2016
Mr. Rayburn oversees the academic success of students in the Make to Innovate program. He reviews students requests that pertain to academic requirements within the program. In addition, he is an excellent resource for students to succeed academically while in the Make to Innovate program.
Make to Innovate Outreach Coordinator
Office: 1234 Howe Hall
Mr. Staker oversees all outreach and event activities for Make to Innovate. Mr. Staker has connections to many other organizations that can help projects connect with organizations to promote their project and perform outreach activities.