Going the Extra Mile
Marisa Zelip is a senior in mechanical engineering from Belleville, Ill. Photo by B.A. Rupert.
Marisa Zelip is always willing to head out on a new adventure. Whether she’s taking an out-of-state road trip to see a college football game, or hopping a flight to a place she’s never been to before, Zelip seems to keep her suitcases ready to go.
Work helps keep her on the move. She has interned twice at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Ill., and worked in a co-op position at Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. in St. Louis. This summer, Zelip will travel once more to intern at Apple Inc.’s headquarters just outside of downtown San Francisco, conveniently allowing Zelip to visit California for the first time.
But before she heads to the Golden State, the senior in mechanical engineering from Belleville, Ill., will help guide other students as the program lead for the Guatemala Team, part of Missouri University of Science & Technology’s Engineers Without Borders(EWB). She has been on two prior EWB trips, both to Guatemala, but this is the first time she holds a lead position.
Zelip lightened her course load this semester to allow more time to work for EWB. “I will be putting in close to 30 hours a week working out the details of the next Guatemala trip for the team,” says Zelip. “Every little aspect of the trip needs to be planned out in advance and go through several approval processes from the national organization.”