Scholar of the Week



Michell Aranda      
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona




Michell Aranda is in her junior year attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona [CalPoly] working towards her degree in mechanical engineering. She is a Class of 2014 HENAAC Scholar receiving a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Southern California Edison, and received the GMiS Scholars Society medallion for Cum Laude achievement.

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 3.37 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.

In 2011, she led her team at the Jet Propulsion Invention Challenge and the Team America Rocketry Competition. In 2013, she led a team of students in the SHSE Alumni Engineering Challenge, where they constructed a wind turbine. She is currently involved in a research project analyzing the stability of activators and the effect of coating Austenitic type 304 using various activators at various temperatures by the process of halide activated pack cementation (HAPC).

Outside of school, Mitchell is just as involved in the community. She volunteers at the Los Angeles Food Bank Community Service. In 2013, she served as head designer and builder for one of three floats for the Rose Float Competition at her school.

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.

Michell was also a 2012 and 2013 HENAAC scholarship recipient of the prestigious U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship. This $10,000 is awarded to incoming first-time freshmen pursuing a STEM degree at a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Michell received this scholarship two years in a row for her outstanding achievement.



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