Melissa Kutchey

Awarded $2,500 on 8/8/2016

Melissa is entering her junior year at the University of Detroit Mercy studying mechanical engineering. Her interest is to increase fuel efficiency through innovation and to reduce the overall impact vehicles have on the environment. She interns at FCA in the body electro-mechanical group within product development and works on roofing and active aero systems. Through this, she has gained experience with designing, testing, DFMEA and DVP&R. Melissa also participates through the University’s SAE Team where they participate in the Shell Eco-marathon and SAE Supermileage competitions, where the goal is to design the most fuel efficient vehicle. She was a part of the group of freshman who started the team at the University, and is now the body lead where she experiments with materials and methods to develop the body and gains sponsorships for doing so. To date, their best run has totaled 581 mpg. Melissa is a member of Society of Women Engineers where she volunteers with schools in the community to introduce young people to STEM related careers. She is an active member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity where she volunteers in the community including Gleaners Food Bank, working with local schools, and participating Detroit area clean-ups. Melissa’s hometown is Howell, Michigan.  Her scholarship was sponsored by Cox Automotive.