Hello! My name is Danelle and I am a junior studying mechanical engineering. I am native to Colorado and grew up in the heart of downtown Denver. Being a student at Colorado State University has dramatically changed my future, and it can change your future, too!

As a first-generation student, I did not know what I wanted to study or how I was to possibly succeed in college. During my first year at CSU, I participated in Key Communities and lived in Braiden Hall with other students with undeclared majors. I was able to spend my first semester finding myself and developing my goals for the future. After deciding to pursue engineering, I was faced with many barriers because I did not originally meet the enrollment requirements for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. I struggled with chemistry and physics, but calculus was my toughest challenge of them all. I did not give up in my pursuit of engineering, and through the struggle I found many resources to help me succeed both in and out of the classroom. Through the Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), CSU offers free tutoring on campus, as well as study groups, review sessions, and help from many advisors who are available for walk-in appointments. With the additional support, I finally learned how to flourish in academia and was able to enter into the mechanical engineering program.

I just recently returned from Huntsville, Ala. where I had a co-op at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. I worked on the carbon dioxide removal assembly air save valve redesign for the International Space Station. My design concept is scheduled to be utilized and in orbit by 2020. I was also fortunate to work on the solid rocket motor for the de-orbit stage of the Europa Mission. My new experience in the aerospace industry has encouraged me to continue on to grad school after finishing my degree at CSU.

Returning back to school, I am excited to be back on the slopes joining the CSU Snowboard Team for practice. I enjoy the fresh pow with all my fellow snowboarding friends on the weekends and participate in clubs such as the American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) during the week.  I am also excited to be a new student ambassador in the Engineering Success Center. If you have any questions about co-ops, tutoring services, being first generation, minority groups in engineering and mechanical engineering here at CSU, please feel free to share your questions with me.

Ask me about:

  • Co-ops
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Being a first-generation college student
  • SWE, AIAA, SHPE , and other student organizations
  • Snowboarding
  • Tutoring and study tips
  • My hometown of Denver