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The Right Path

October 3, 2017

(from left) Jasmine Moody and Professor Patrick Gee

(from left) Jasmine Moody and Professor Patrick Gee

Meet Jasmine Moody, a senior studying Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

Moody became involved in STEM at an early age, largely because of the influence of her mother, Madelynn Moody, who attained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from IUPUI. Moody participated in STEM-related programs starting in grade school and throughout high school, including the Minority Engineering Advancement Program (MEAP) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

MEAP is a week-long, summer, non-residential camp on the IUPUI campus hosted by the School of Engineering and Technology. The camp is focused on engaging underrepresented students who have completed 6th through 11th grade and are interested in engineering and technology careers.

“MEAP gave me practical knowledge of the types of projects engineers and technologists are engaged in through company tours and working hands-on to complete projects correlated with different fields of engineering,” Moody said. “These opportunities exposed me to a variety of disciplines that could potentially be suitable or enjoyable as a prospective occupation and gave me knowledge of what to expect when I went off to college.”

The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI connected Moody to programs such as the Indy VEX robotics competition, panel and seminar participation, and landed her a co-op position at Eli Lilly where she gained experience with OSHA and compliance confirmation, testing and verification, documentation, parameterization, and electrical change control. Her co-op experience helped her realize she wanted to major in mechanical engineering.

A huge part of Moody’s success in landing these connections was due to her academic advisor and MEAP director, Patrick Gee. Gee, also a lecturer in the Freshman Engineering program, has been outstanding at attracting and helping retain underrepresented students in STEM-related disciplines.

“Underrepresented students are getting various programs at their high school or middle school, but MEAP wants to make sure STEM is not overlooked in their academic pursuits,” said Gee. “MEAP wants to plant the seed for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM, in their academic paths and career paths. After exposure to engineering and technology in MEAP, student participants have the opportunity to set and achieve their engineering and technology goals at IUPUI.”

“MEAP has established a remarkable legacy over the past 40 years. A key outcome of this program’s success is the student participants gain new insights into engineering and technology careers via project experiences that are meaningful in their lives,” said David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. “We want to continue to increase MEAP’s impact through broader and deeper partnerships in the years ahead.”

MEAP was able to help Moody narrow down the most suitable disciplines for her career objectives. Not only was MEAP engaging and enlightening, but it allowed her to interact with peers who had similar interests.

Moody stated, “If not for MEAP, I may not have gone into engineering”.

Moody plans to graduate in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business.