Scholars

We invest in the future of engineering by providing scholarships to college students. Help us power the dreams of Minnesota’s future engineers — give today.

Current scholars

Javier is building a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs.

As a Chemical Engineering student, Javier has undertaken more than a complex course of study. He has also undertaken travel to work and study in five different cities in three different continents in the past five years. His passion for global communities found a local expression at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where Javier is one of the founders of the college’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Javier Lara

Chemical Engineering

Three acronyms sum up Nathan Oliver’s commitment to the engineering field.

First, IRE: Nate plans to graduate from Iron Range Engineering (IRE) with a degree in electrical engineering in May 2019. Next, IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, where Nate serves as the vice chair for the student branch. Finally, FE: Nate is preparing for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam — the first step to becoming a licensed professional engineer. Perhaps Nate will follow up his academic achievements by adding another acronym — MnSPE, Minnesota’s resource for success in engineering careers.

Nathan Oliver

Electrical Engineering

Erick’s future is shining bright, no small thanks to his expertise in solar-powered cars.

These are no matchbox cars — Erick leads a team of students to build full-size electric vehicles powered by the sun. Thanks in part to a scholarship from MPEF, Erick will complement his solar aspirations with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Erick says, “I am very passionate about renewable energy.” He hopes to build on his coursework through a career in clean energy systems.

Erick Sipila

industrial & systems engineering

How do you combine engineering with a passion for athletics?

Just ask Maria Wrage. Maria is using her MPEF scholarship to pursue a degree in Composite Materials Engineering from Winona
State University. Maria says, “I plan to work in a sports industry field using my degree to advance the field of
athletics.”

Maria Wrage

Composite Materials Engineering

Past scholars

Aduramo Lasode

University of Minnesota

Aduramo is a senior, studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, with an emphasis in Design and Manufacturing, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an honors student at the University, and with the National Society of Black Engineers. Aduramo has a passion to impact her community positively, through tutoring middle, high school, and college students. She is active in her college community through leadership roles within organizations related to her identity, African Christian Fellowship. Aduramo is a motivated young woman who finds herself through music and believes in impacting the lives of her peers through patience, empathy, and love. Her immediate future includes graduate education in Computational Fluid Mechanics, with a concentration in Energy.

Max Fite

My interest in engineering rooted from my desire at an early age to learn about and question the fundamental nature of our complex world. However, my passions also take me to the disc golf and tennis courts on a regular basis. I hope that my engineering skills will lead me to a career in the clean energy sector, where I may help preserve the land that I enjoy running, dancing and playing disc golf on.

Mike McLain

University of Minnesota

I come from a small Wisconsin town and have come to the University of Minnesota to study chemical engineering. I hope to go to industry after obtaining my bachelors in chemical engineering with a minor in management.  Though I am not sure yet what I would like to do specifically, it is my dream to work for NASA as a chemical processes/ materials engineer. My hobbies include playing guitar, writing music, gymnastics, and the typical spending time with my friends. And of course, I am the current president of MSPE Twin Cities: Student Chapter here at the U of M.

Laura Hart

I am a civil engineering student with interests in geotechnical engineering and project management. I have always wanted to work with people to contribute to society and my strong mathematical and organizational skills have helped me pursue a degree in civil engineering. I am an avid hunter and fisher and would love to find a geotechnical or project management position in northern Minnesota after graduation next fall.

Zachary Whitley

University of Minnesota Duluth

I am very interested in the transportation/structural part of civil engineering and have always been interested in road networks and bridge structures since I was young. As a future graduate from UMD’s civil engineering program, I plan on becoming a professional engineer licensed in these areas and working for a public or private entity here in Minnesota. I am a native of St. Joseph, Minnesota and have been actively involved in my community and in various clubs such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Duluth Beta Chapter at UMD.