Engineering is a piece of cake

Senior Mary Burroughs has always wanted to design unique structures. So naturally, she followed her passion to Iowa State to become a civil engineer. But her sweet tooth — and a love of baking one-of-a-kind cakes — convinced her to start her own business, Cake Engineering.

“Baking allows me to show my creative side,” Mary says. “To make a cake, you have to create a concept and apply it, just like with engineering.”

All around campus you’ll meet entrepreneurial students, like Mary, who are encouraged to follow their passion and as a result are creating an adventure through their dreams.

As for Mary, she is interning with the Federal Highway Administration this summer and baking some amazing cakes on the side.

Learn more about engineering at Iowa State at

Learn more about Mary’s cakes at