Name: Michelle Kim
Hometown: Plano, TX
Major: Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Music and Math
My name is Michelle Kim, and I am a junior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in music and math. My experiences at Lyle have been diverse and priceless. There are a handful of memorable highlights, but frankly, every day is a new adventure that pushes me forward. Over Fall Break, I competed on a team to build the tallest freestanding structure (at 35ft) using Superstructs. Our team won 1st place and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to scale our structure to 120 feet. Our model will be exhibited in the National Building Museum. Lyle has also enabled me to explore other interests. Besides pursuing a minor in music, I began research at the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory, which focuses on the science of Biomechanics. We are currently working on a project funded by the Department of Defense and the flopping project initiated by Marc Cuban. I was a member of the SMU Women’s Rowing Team and have also competed in the Ms. SMU Fitness Competition. I have interned both of my college summers, but the highlight was relocating to Italy to work with an engineering and manufacturing company. I couldn’t have imagined a better college experience; there have been many moments of ambition, encouragement, tears, early morning study sessions, and laughter over meals with teammates. My perspective has been expanded by professors, and my life goals are constantly in flux as I learn from mentors and peers. Attending the Lyle School of Engineering has been a rewarding – and unpredictable – adventure.