Meet Marisa Zelip

Marisa at the Baja 1000, assisting the Ford Raptor Race Team across the desert.

Marisa at the Baja 1000, assisting the Ford Raptor Race Team across the desert.

Marisa Zelip graduated with her Bacherlor of Science degree in Mechnical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She currently works as an Autonomous Vehicle Systems Engineer at Ford Motor Company - Autonomous Vehicles. In her spare time, she likes taking photos (technical and art combined!), traveling, hiking, and climbing.

When did your love of STEM begin?

Jr. High: My favorite teachers were my math and science teachers. Their enthusiasm about solving problems and understanding everything around us captivated me. I would find myself volunteering for things in and out of their classrooms and staying late after class.

What is the best part about working in the field of STEM?

 Engineering prepared me for solving problems and working towards increased efficiency. The best part about my field is that each day presents a new challenge and opportunity. These challenges range from complex engineering problems to increasing effective communication between teams. It's always something new!

What advice would you give young women interested in a career in STEM?:

Find your passion and never stop learning. STEM will prepare you for any of life's challenges.