Graduate Student at Michigan Technological University
I’d like to think that from an outsider’s perspective, any given day of my life might look like a scene from the movie Flashdance.
Welder by day, dancer by night.
In this case it might be a bit more expanded: engineering student by day, artist by night. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and participated with Formula SAE for four years as a welder, cooling system designer, and Engine and Powertrain lead.
There, I participated in Ballroom Dance Club, hip-hop, and made time to work on sculpture in the arts quarter on the other side of campus. I am now continuing my education at Michigan Technological University in Mechanical Engineering emphasizing in power systems.
I enjoy progressing on my research and learning more about driveline in addition to painting, dancing, writing, sewing, and exploring… My newest project combines aspects of all my interests: Grassroots Motorsports $2,000 Challenge car.
I get a chance to fix up a 1998 528i BMW to be an artistic and competitive racecar.
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Why I Got Into a Career in Motorsports
The question for me isn’t “what” got me into automotive, it is “who”. A janitor who could pass a 6G stick welding certification with his eyes closed, and a master auto-mechanic turned high school teacher. After signing up for auto-shop during my open hour my senior year of high school, these two men invested many hours helping me to learn about engines, welding, and general mechanical-tact. I credit them with fueling my passion and I credit Formula SAE for igniting it. I’m now in the process of applying to jobs around the country and considering a PhD.
1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille