Awarded $2,500 on 8/18/2014
August 18, 2014 $2,500 sponsored by Panasonic Automotive Systems Company
Michelle is a graduate of Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL and an incoming freshman at Clemson University, Clemson, SC to study Mechanical Engineering. In addition to her academic performance, she always wanted to work with vehicles, and with four other classmates, collaborated with another school to form a competitive engine team to compete in the national organization “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.” The competition was to tear down and rebuild a Chevy 350 engine in 35 minutes or less. Michelle was an active member of the engineering club and applied her hands-on experience from a vocational class to help fabricate parts to build an autonomous vehicle. The team ultimately took first place in the Square One Autonomous Vehicle Challenge at the Michigan Motor Speedway. She successfully recruited high school female students to form an all-female engine rebuilding team for competitive events.
Michelle received the Ford Motor Company and AAA Student Auto Skills Certification and was named Illinois State Scholar. Outside of school, Michelle is a level deputy 2 belt in tae kwon do, volunteers for various local community services and volunteers at a local automotive shop for hands-on experience. Michelle hometown is Glenview IL.