Scholar of the Week

Michell Aranda      
Cal Poly Pomona

Michell Aranda is in her sophomore year attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona [CalPoly] working towards her degree in mechanical engineering. She is a Class of 2013 HENAAC Scholar receiving a $10,000 U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship.

Michell’s goal of becoming a mechanical engineer has been greatly influenced by her parents. Her parents disciplined her to be hard-working and encouraged her to pursue any goal she sets for herself. Her persistence and determination are reflected in her grades. Michell currently holds a solid 3.49 GPA.

In school Michell is described as quiet, competent in math and science, and one that can work well with others. Michell strives to help others; she participates at all the of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers [SHPE] community service events and is highly involved in the Society of Hispanics in Science and Engineering ACE Committee, an outreach committee. In 2011, she led her team at the Jet Propulsion Invention Challenge. In 2013, she served as head designer and builder for one of three floats for the Rose Float Competition at her school. Outside of school, Mitchell is just as involved in the community. She volunteers at the Los Angeles Food Bank Community Service.

Her peers describe Michell as being optimistic, productive, diligent, and someone who has demonstrated great talent in areas of math and science. Though quiet, she is the definition of the phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” In the Rose Float Competition Class project she led her team to victory placing first among all engineering labs during the quarter. She works with other efforts including the MEP program, SSA program, and Sunshine Company.

A STEM degree will allow Michell to impact the world in a positive way while building her character and transforming her into the person she longs to become; a mechanical engineer who will change the world one person at a time. Earning a STEM degree will make her a stronger, wiser, more courageous individual, “who has the power to change the world one person at a time.” She strongly believes contributing to society and helping others is a duty, not an option. .

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