Kendal Novak

Awarded $2,500 on 5/15/2013

Kendal is a sophomore at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan majoring in mechanical engineering.  Kendal says the automotive industry has always surrounded her.  Specifically her interests in hybrids, fuel cells, alternative fueled vehicles, advanced powertrains are her future career aspirations.  She was a summer intern involved in the Automotive and Enginery Industrial Mentorship (AERIM) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program working with the usage of recycled and organic materials in vehicles.  Kendal will be an engineering intern at Chrysler LLC Group, summer 2013. 


Her awards include Outstanding Engineering Sophmore from Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Mathematics and Statistics certificate of merit for outstanding academic achievement, and scholarship recipient from Michigan Society of Professional Engineers and General Motors Foundation Buick achievers.   She currently serves as treasurer for Society of Women Engineers and holds memberships at various engineering related societies.  In addition to her academics, Kendal is the captain of the girls saber, Fencing Society at Oakland University, and represents OU as a peer mentor.


A professor wrote of Kendal, “her unique and creative ideas generally surpass my expectations; and she is an enthusiastic presence, always willing to discuss and defend her position and to understand the position of others . . . when she has completed her engineering degree, I fully expect to see Kendal making impressive contributions to her field of study.”   AWAF is proud of Kendal’s accomplishments thus far, and are honored to help her achieve her goals.  Kendal hails from Romeo, Michigan.