is honored with the $500 Irv Otis Scholarship from the Detroit Chapter
of the Institute of Industrial Engineers
Andrea also received her scholarship during Engineer's Week at the Engineering Society of Detroit's (ESD) Annual Gold Award Banquet in late February.
Pictured from left to right: Swatantra Kachhal, Student Advisor and Professor at U of M - Dearborn
, Andrea Lechowicz
and Detroit Chapter IIE
President, Vito Wasniewski.
is a senior in Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan - Dearborn
She is a native of Livonia and graduated from Stevenson High School in 1998.
Andrea plans on graduating in May of 2001.
She is a participant in the University's concurrent undergraduate/graduate degree program, so she will be receiving both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering.
is currently active in her IIE
student chapter and has participated in several activities to recruit high school students and undecided basic Engineering students to the Industrial Engineering profession.
When asked why she
chose the Industrial Engineering profession, Andrea
replied, "I always had a great interest in science and math, but also in business.
I felt that I.E. was the only Engineering field that overlaps both these interests.
I believe it is the most people-oriented field in engineering.
In addition, I find industrial engineering attractive because of the versatility it offers in career opportunities."
In addition to IIE, Andrea is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering honor society.
Other scholarships she
has received include the American Polish Engineering (APEA) Scholarship, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Merit Scholarship
and the Chrysler Minority
and Women Scholarship.
Last summer Andrea
was employed as a summer intern to the Ford Motor Company
plans to return to Ford
as an intern this summer.
did diagnostic service planning.
future career, Andrea wants to be involved in statistical analysis or project planning.
Outside of school activities, Andrea
enjoys swimming, cycling, playing the piano and investing in the stock market.