When you look at the 2023 Honda CRV, you can see Julia’s work in the rear fascia. As the product engineer leading the development of weld, paint, plastics and assembly operations for that system, the Marquette University mechanical engineering grad ensured that it delivered in terms of form, fit and function and that it aligned with the automobile’s overall design. But Julia’s impact goes even further: Having also worked in mass production problem solving and chassis engineering, Julia is credited by her bosses with contributing to overall success by combining technical analysis and problem solving with a collaborative work style and hands-on approach.
Manufacturing Quality Engineer
Honda Development and Manufacturing of America – Indiana Auto Plant
Morgan was working as a sales manager for a solar energy company in 2020 when a colleague invited them to be the second employee of a collaborative robot automation startup. Although the Indiana University informatics grad had no experience working with robots, they proved to be a quick study, not only researching how to program robots and automation systems but learning how to build them. During their time as a project manager, Morgan played a key role in the success of the startup, from researching and implementing innovative technologies to leading teams and delivering projects, proving themselves instrumental in everything from design to product delivery. Morgan is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Purdue University, exploring the field of technology and automation.
Former Project Manager, Graduate Student
A stint as a student researcher on a NASA-funded project at the Purdue University Horticulture College didn’t just expose Scott to hydroponic food production; it showed him his future. Since 2016, Scott has launched Heliponix, invented, patented and trademarked aeroponics technology, and designed the appliance that serves as his company’s centerpiece product, a consumer in-home gardening appliance productive enough to eliminate a user’s dependency on a grocery store produce with monthly recurring seed pod subscriptions known as ‘Keurig for plants’. The Purdue mechanical engineering grad has funded his venture through venture capital and grants that include one supporting the deployment of his low-cost hydroponic solutions in food-insecure regions of Africa. His goal? To curb hunger and distribute enough growing systems to become “the largest farm in the world without owning a single acre of land.”
Founder & CEO
Meet the entire class
Rising 30 Sponsors