“I have been able to grow as a confident speaker and meet many amazing leaders!”

— Akshaya, Student Advisory Board President 2022-23

"Getting to learn about the real world is helping me build my future in it! "

— Tanisi, Student Advisory Board

"FABcamp gives her exposure to technology, particularly automobiles which is used in our daily lives

— Tanisi's mother, FABcamp 2020 + 2021

"Loxley is amazing to be doing all this for these young women and I am so honored to be a small part of helping share and expand their ideas about what possibilities await them in life..."

- Tegan Hammond

"I have become more confident and better prepared for the future!"

— Mihika, Student Advisory Board

“How well they presented their projects and the depth in which they went to explain their creative process not only in representing the brands, but also the personal meaning and message the students were putting across”

— Mike Le Gallic, Chip Ganassi Racing

“I feel confident and supported by such an amazing group of strong individuals within Athena Racing!”

— Heleina, Student Advisory Board President 2021-22

"Haley loves to tackle new challenges and immerses herself in technical projects. Athena Racing offers unique opportunities to expand Haley’s mechanical engineering experience. I think she will be a valuable asset to the team."

— Haley's mother, 2020 FABcamp Parent

“FABcamp allows her to learn more about the STEM field and more career paths as she heads toward college, but it keeps her busy and interested daily!”

— Megan's mother, 2020 FABcamp Parent

“Our daughter will build confidence, strength, strategy and skill that help her find a hero in herself and be encouraged to become a future leader."

— Surabhi's mother, 2020 & 2021 FABcamp student


Zachary Sharpell

“The future of our world is not in the hands of those who lead it now, but the hands of those who will. Athena Racing helps to build these future leaders, specifically in the field of STEM where technological innovations are born. I hold paramount that the STEM field must welcome and support a diverse perspective and continuously challenge what is possible, and I believe Athena Racing has the potential to do those.”


Mechanical Engineer

A mechanical engineer by profession, and a volunteer enthusiast in his free time, Zach Sharpell’s journey took a turning point in 10th grade. He had an interest in clean energy and wanted to do something more than just read about it – he wanted to be part of the innovation. The idea of a startup company did not come to mind until he began studying Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and toward the end of his third year he took the plunge.

The first startup company was born; the direction – to design high performance battery packs for various applications – eBikes, aviation, mobility, etc. Along this path, Zach went through all the trials and tribulations you hear about in startups – above all it was a vital learning experience which developed key skills he uses to this day.

While he was growing his startup, Zach began mentoring other students at Cal Poly, sponsoring senior projects, and advising groups of students during “startup marathons” (54 hours of near non-stop work to create a startup company).

Today, Zach leads the mechanical design team for automotive projects at Qualcomm, fueling the progress toward automated vehicles. However, he continues his passion of volunteering and mentorship by helping others work toward making their ideas – no matter how crazy – a reality.


Career Background

While in college, I created a startup company focusing on Hydrogen Fuel Cell research, pivoted to battery pack development for ebikes, LEVs, and aviation. Currently lead mechanical design for automotive development platforms and showcase designs. I am most proud of our team’s successful platform design for validating the latest Qualcomm automotive chipset (a culmination of ever-evolving requirements, demanding timelines, and necessary innovation to exceed previous specifications).


I truly enjoy helping and teaching others. My passion is to not only help from an organizational perspective, but also engage hands on (as with most engineers) to make progress toward goals. I tend not to shy away from asking questions which challenge the status quo, and this is necessary to keep up with the pace of innovation. I lead with a strong skill set in startup mentoring, mechanical engineering, and project management

Career Path

As a business industry innovator, I have spent the past decade leading start-up companies through R&D, branding, company organization, marketing development, PR campaigns, investor presentations and product launch. I thrive on leading team members to align efforts with marketing, public relations, brand management, product development and business strategies.


2021 Volunteer of the Year at Qualcomm for exceptional time and effort given to promoting STEM non-profits and initiatives
CES Eureka Park Climate Change Innovator Award (2018)
SMMT 2018 Automated Driving Delegation Invitee