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Michelle M. Grau



    Stanford University Class of 2013                                                   

         BS candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy Minor


    St. Francis High School, Sacramento, CA, Class of 2009

         California Scholarship Federation peer tutoring, 2006-2009



Stanford Summer Undergraduate Research Institute, Summer 2011and 2012

  • Research assistant in the field of Engineering Education
  • Investigated early career pathways of recent engineering graduates and entrepreneurial interests with surveys - design, implementation, and statistical analysis
  • Authored papers for the American Society of Engineering Education conference
  • Created an electronic portfolio as part of a pilot program for the university

Stanford’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), Summer 2010

  • Counselor/Teaching Assistant for educational summer camp
  • Taught introductory high school physics
  • Led traditional camp activities and supervised 25 kids at a time

Intern at NASA Ames Research Center Robotics Academy, Summers 2008&09

  • 2008: Researched power supply options for fifth prototype of a lunar micro rover
  • 2009: Researched cameras, prototyped dust deflection system, and worked on software for the sixth prototype of the lunar micro rover   

Tutor for High School Chemistry and Biology, 2007-2009


Activities and Leadership

Stanford Robotica, 2009-Present

President, 2011

  • Tournament Director, FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament, 2011
  • Start and coach FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League competition teams
  • Teach LEGO Robotics to middle school students

Stanford Wushu, 2009-Present

Demonstration Coordinator, 2010-present, President 2012

  • Organize all club demonstrations of this traditional Chinese martial art
  • Compete annually on the national level
  • Run practice, teach beginners

Gymnastics Coach, 2011-Present

  • Coach 6-9-year-old girls
  • Teach 1-2 hour classes

FIRST Robotics Competition Team at St. Francis High School, 2005-2009

  • Co-captain 2007-2009; managed team and planned events
  • Designed and built robots in six weeks for the competition game
  • Presented to sponsors, interviewed by numerous reporters     


         Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Java, basic Matlab, SolidWorks, SPSS

         Foreign Language: Italian (basic)


Community Service:   

Robotica, a service group which introduces kids to robotics primarily through   mentorship and FIRST Lego League (FLL), 2009-Present

Volunteer at FLL Tournaments, 2007-Present

Mentor for FLL middle school robotics teams, 2006-Present

Orientation Volunteer, Stanford New Student Orientation - I welcome the incoming freshmen and set up, run, and clean up orientation events, 2010-present


Relevant Coursework:

Math: Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Ordinary Differnential Equations, Probability and Statistics

Science: Accelerated General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry 1, Physics (Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Light and Heat), Quantum Mechanics, Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics, Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology

Mechanical Engineering: Visual Thinking, Introductory Electronics, Statics, Dynamics, Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics 1 and 2, Java Programming, Heat Transfer, Sensors, Design and Manufacturing



Girl Scout Silver Award, 2006



I am interested in mechanical engineering because I enjoy designing and building things.  I am interested in applications like robotics, as well as in sustainability and using my skills to help other people.



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