Ross Newland

From Saint Joseph, MI

Highschool: Saint Joseph High School

Class of 2018
Future Alma Mater:
Hope College

Independent Student of the Day

Ross Newland is a junior at Hope College, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.  He chose Hope for it’s smaller size.  “Because Hope is a smaller school, I’m able to get a more personal and intimate experience out of my education.  The small class sizes allow me to get the attention I need to reach my potential.  Not only can I get to know my professor, but my professor can get to know me.”

At Hope, he is a tutor for Intro to Engineering students and supervises the Engineering Intro and CAD labs.  Ross is also a member of Hope College’s Formula SAE Team (FSAE).  FSAE is a chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where teams design and build scaled down Formula One racecars and compete them every year at Michigan International Speedway.  Ross has worked on the design of the dash panel for Hope’s second generation car, as well as the fabrication of the rocker assemblies and mounts for the car’s suspension.  “My experiences with Hope’s FSAE have allowed me to continually develop proper engineering practices, enhance my communication skills through professional networking, and learn to solve real world problems.”  Ross also is a Dean’s List scholar.

This summer, Ross is further developing his engineering portfolio with an engineering internship at Disher Design in Zeeland, MI.  Upon graduation, Ross plans to begin a career focused on product development.  He also is considering further education through graduate school and professional certifications.

My motivation

I'm motivated by the potential for success and growth in a future career.

My latest accomplishments

This spring, I competed in the 6th annual Stryker Engineering Challenge as part of a four-person Michigan Colleges Alliance team with students from Andrews University, Calvin College, and University of Detroit Mercy.

Next big goal

My goal is to gain real world experience through an internship this summer at Disher Design in Zealand, MI.

Why is choosing your own path important?

It is important to choose something that your are passionate about, because it will continually engage you and will drive you to strive for more.

Favorite place on campus

Formula SAE Garage

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