Drew Griffioen is a mechanical engineering student from Belding, MI. He has always interested in mechanical objects, such as cars, and often found himself making creations out of Lego’s as a child. He first felt the calling to the engineering profession in high school. When considering colleges to attend, he attended a Fridays at Calvin event and was very impressed with the engineering department at Calvin College. Drew hopes to find employment working alongside mechanical engineers doing machine design upon graduation in May, 2011.
Joshua Locke is a senior Mechanical Engineering student from Sheboygan, WI, with only a small amount of hands-on experience in working on vehicles. He is more experienced on the analysis side and knows how to design and test experiments and prototypes after spending the summer working in a research and development lab for Spirit AeroSystems. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to earn his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering by studying Aerodynamics.
Thomas Ellens grew up in a small town in northwest Iowa before coming to Calvin College to pursue engineering. He chose Calvin College due to its strong mechanical engineering program and its joint Reserve Officer Training Corps program in collaboration with Western Michigan University. His future plans include graduating from Calvin College and being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves in the Combat Engineers branch. Along with having a career in the United States Army Reserves, he plans to have a civilian career as a mechanical engineer.
Marc DeFrell is a mechanical engineering student who grew up in nearby Holland, Michigan. His passion for engineering came at a young age when he used to work for his father’s plumbing business and used tools and components everyday during the summers. He decided to attend Calvin College based on the advice of several influential teachers, along with the reputation of the Calvin College’s Engineering Department. He likes to take things apart, and likes more to put them back together better than they were before.