Jonathan Penrod is a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Andrews University.
Given his major of study, it is probably no surprise that he has always loved taking things apart, asking questions, and understanding the steps behind the functionality of everyday items. Jonathan attributes much of this curiosity to the supportive family and community that encouraged him to explore the world around him starting from a young age. The Battle Creek, Michigan native’s curiosity was also fueled by his educational experience: until sixth grade, his mother created a homeschool program that encouraged him to be inquisitive.
Jonathan recently was a member of the four-person Michigan Colleges Alliance engineering team and competed at the 5th Annual Stryker Engineering Challenge. The team, consisting of two students from Andrews University and two students from Hope College, built a remote-controlled emergency response vehicle and guided it through the Stryker obstacle course to win second place in the competition.
Jonathan’s genuine interest in his field of study and the world around him is inspirational. He cites asking questions as the most important thing he has done. Jonathan views the world with the knowledge that he will never understand everything, but by taking little steps he knows he can not only learn things for himself, but also share his knowledge of mechanisms and processes with others.
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