Christopher Mikelson

Christopher Mikelson

Urbandale, IA, US



All through growing up, I have been working/playing with my hands creating objects, structures, and unexplainable entities of form and meaning to satisfy my creative mojo. Captivated by the process of design and the interaction between environments, humans and objects, I knew from a very young age that I would go into the field of design.

Throughout my jedi training, I have developed a keen eye for detail, a capability to work well with others and a never ending flow of optimism.

I am currently an undergraduate student at Iowa State University majoring in Industrial Design with a concentration in Design Management. In between the social and academic life, I do web development and internet marketing for small business in the Des Moines and surrounding areas.


Epicsteme Inc., Des Moines, IA, US, Founder & CEO

Epicsteme Inc. provides small businesses in the Des Moines and surrounding areas with web development, internet marketing and graphic design solutions.

Jan 2010 - current

ISU College of Engineering Relations, Ames, IA, US, Web Design Intern

Position Responsibilities included:

- Assistant to head web designer
- Managed and updated 20 - 30 sites
- Plugin research, testing, implementation
- Monthly analytics and reports

Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

Urbandale Golf & Country Club, Urbandale, IA, US, Grounds Crew

Position Responsibilities included:

- Mowing, trimming, greens prep & lawn care
- Sprinkler, plumbing and pipe repair
- Event and player’s club preparation
- Miscellaneous grounds work

May 2008 - Aug 2009

Contractor Sales & Rental, Des Moines, IA, US, Maintenance Employee

Position Responsibilities included:

- Cleaning and testing of contractor equipment
- Processing and paperwork for equipment evaluation
- Delivery and pick up of contractor equipment
- Repairing of contractor equipment

May 2007 - Aug 2007


Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Description of involvement at Iowa State University:

- Industrial Designers Society of America Member
- American Society of Engineering Education Member
- Concentration in Design Management
- ISU Industrial Design Webmaster
- ISU IDSA Chapter Webmaster
- Deans List - 2009, 2010 & 2011
- GPA - 3.23

Aug 2009 - current


John & Mary Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Scholarship, 1st Place

The John and Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Fund was created through a generous gift from John and Mary Pappajohn. Since 2000, $10,000 in scholarship money has been made available annually to Iowa State University students demonstrating an interest in entrepreneurship. At $1,000 each, these honors are targeted to students of Junior, Senior, or Graduate status who have started or who intend to establish their own businesses or are participating in the entrepreneurship program.


ACE Mentor Program - Des Moines Builders of Iowa Breakfast Club Scholarship, 1st Place

In addition to the wonderful experience the ACE (Architecture, Construction & Engineering) Mentor Program provides its students, ACE students can become eligible to apply for local ACE scholarships. Since 1995, ACE has presented participating students with over $12 million in scholarships, funded by industry leaders across the country.


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