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CHRISTINE HENRI

Mechanical Engineer

Favorite Music:
My favorite music is probably folk rock. But it can change day to day! Sometimes I'll dance along to pop songs on the radio, and sometimes I'll turn on a soundtrack from a musical and sing along.
Tell us something unusual about yourself - something that makes you special, unique and not a "typical" STEMinista:
My favorite hobby is playing the flute! I learned how to play in middle school. By high school I was in marching band, concert band, and I was playing in a duet in my spare time with a friend who played the harp. In college, I enrolled in a concert band class for non-music majors. I took the class every semester of college and I had a blast! I loved being able to practice a passion of mine in a fun, pressure-free environment.
Where are you from? Where were you born and/or raised?
St. Clair Shores, MI
What are you doing/plan to do with your STEM degree?
I am currently a program applications engineer for the Human Machine Interface group at Ford Motor Company. What that means is that I work on future programs in the driver's zone, helping determine what hardware will meet our goals and designing interactive features for that program. I love being involved this early in the product design process and learning about all the new technologies and features available. I plan to go back to school to earn a Master of Science in Product Development.
Tell us about one person in your childhood who had a great effect on your life?
There were many people in my childhood who had a great effect on my life, like my parents and teachers, but one of the biggest was my grandpa. He is a big reason why I ended up in engineering. He encouraged exploring and asking questions. He would encourage me to play with puzzles and build things. He would walk me through his process if he was working on a project and showed me how to think critically. He would help me with homework and taught me not to get discouraged when problems were challenging. Between him and my grandma, I learned a lot about creativity and technology, and their guidance would help me find success in school, not shy away from challenges, try new things, and be fascinated by problem solving. Studying engineering ended up being a natural next step!
Favorite Dessert:
Moose Tracks Ice Cream
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.
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering What this quote means to me is that when we have the courage to work hard and persevere, our passions can lead us down paths that we may not have planned for but can be pretty spectacular!
Would you be interested in more information about?
  • Speaking to a class of students in their school or to a group at the science center
  • The opportunity for more in-depth mentoring of future STEMinistas
I find / always found school to be _____(easy/difficult/fun, etc.) because _____
I always found school to be fun because there were always opportunities to try new things, and I've always loved learning. If one subject was hard or I didn't enjoy it much, then I would try my best and got to do something different later. And I always had teachers who liked doing creative projects based on what we learned, even in math! So not only did I get to apply what I learned, but I would get to do it in creative ways.
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