Published: Apr 28, 2017 2:00:00 PM
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Victoria Moffa, senior in mechanical engineering, has been selected as the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Outstanding Student for 2017. After graduation, she plans to take her engineering knowledge to law school and specialize in law related to autonomous technology.
“I was born in Glenview, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) where I lived until I was 9 years old. I then moved downstate to Morton, Illinois (small town outside Peoria) where our family farm is located.
“I chose engineering specifically because I enjoy problem solving and being able to predict how systems will function. As a freshman, I chose mechanical engineering because my father and my grandfather are also mechanical engineers. As I progressed through the program, I loved how mechanical engineering is very broad and adaptable. I worked with automobile ergonomics and thermal management as an underclassman on the Formula SAE team and then conducted research on the error analysis of GPS signals in the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory my junior year. Currently, I am the head of the Driverless Division of Auburn’s Formula SAE team. During my time at Auburn University, mechanical engineering has allowed me to work on a large variety of projects and teams.
“It is a great honor to receive the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Award, and I am extremely humbled that the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering nominated and selected me for the award. I am grateful to all my professors in the department as they have acted as mentors and counseled me in my endeavors while here at Auburn.
“I will be attending the University of Alabama School of Law in the fall to become a patent attorney and am planning to specialize in autonomous technology and its intersection with the law.”