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CHERYL MONTEMAYOR

Engineering Supervisor

Favorite Music:
I love all kinds of music, classical and country are my favorites.
Tell us something unusual about yourself - something that makes you special, unique and not a "typical" STEMinista:
I am the mother of four children, who are in high school and college. I have been able to balance my career with my family needs through the wonderful programs offered by my employer. As I am preparing for an empty nest in the near future, I have been searching for a hobby. I began taking drawing and acrylic painting classes at a local community college...it turns out I'm not half bad. My professor has encouraged me to enter a competition, perhaps some day I will.
Where are you from? Where were you born and/or raised?
I was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan.
What are you doing/plan to do with your STEM degree?
I have been an engineer at Ford for more than 25 years. I have always loved cars. Getting to work on something I love every day is very satisfying. I have had so much fun in my career (not something you might expect an engineer to say, but it's true.) I went to high performance driving school and learned how to drive a semi-truck. I am now managing a team that tests electric car batteries. We are on the exciting edge of this new technology. I believe the work we are doing today will help bring about a better world with cleaner air for the whole planet.
Who is your hero or favorite role model? And why?
Growing up, my role model was my older sister. I wasn't sure what I wanted to pursue for a college major, so I just followed in her footsteps. She was studying Chemical Engineering. I figured that I was good at science and math and I knew that engineers earned a good salary. I have never regretted that decision. Both of my sisters and brother are engineers, we have two chemical and two mechanical engineers in the family.
Favorite Dessert:
My favorite dessert is pie, any kind of pie. Chocolate ice cream is good but I'm not really a cake fan. Raspberry and apple pie are my specialties.
Tell us a favorite quote that gets you going, gives you confidence, or guides your life that you would like to share with future STEMinistas.
Quotes from Henry Ford are some of the best. I actually keep a list of them on my cubical wall for inspiration. Just a few of my favorites...."Don't find fault, find a remedy", "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right", "To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success", "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Who was the best teacher you ever had and why?
Mr. Wisniewski (Mr. Wiz) was my favorite teacher in high school. He taught all the upper level math courses. He was funny in a quiet, serious way and had a gift for teaching math. When I went off to college and had some less-than-stellar math professors, the things I learned in Mr. Wiz's class actually carried me through the first two semesters of calculus.
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