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Alumna featured in Forbes annual '30 Under 30'

January 18, 2016

The acclaims continue to mount for Katelyn Shelley '10 in mechanical and civil engineering and a master in mechanical engineering '11 as she is named in Forbes' '30 Under 30' for 2016.

Katelyn Shelley

This award falls on the heels of her recognition by the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s (SME) '30 Under 30' in 2015.

Forbes recognizes Shelley, who was recently promoted by Ford Motor Company to Axle Assembly Lead Engineer within the powertrain division, for her cost savings and boost in productivity.  She devised new ways to install cylinder head assemblies.

Shelley credits the entrepreneurial curriculum at UDM in preparing her for her career.  

“By improving processes in subtle, measurable and definable ways, I have already made a mark on my division in a very short amount of time,” says Shelley.  “The lessons I use everyday from education come from my entrepreneurship courses.”

Shelley offers this advice to engineers following in her footsteps.  “Continue learning.   Be creative.  Think outside the box.  Recognize opportunities.  Know good ideas when you hear them and pursue them.  Innovate within your job and make an impact.  Ask questions. Volunteer for assignments.  Actively engage in your career.”

The selection process for the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ is intense.  Of the more than 15,000 nominations, only 30 of the “most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars” are selected for each of the 20 categories.

While at UDM, Shelley was the 2010 valedictorian of the University of Detroit Mercy and graduated with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.  

Congratulations, Katelyn!

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