The GEM fellowship allowed me to focus on my research and the funding was viewed very favorably by MIT’s professors. The professors contacted me in addition to my own search for thesis advisors, greatly broadening my opportunities to pursue what I was interested in!
Norman earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and, as a GEM Fellow, earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Because of the internship requirement, Norman had the opportunity to work for 3.5 months in the summer of his two year master’s program at GM Powertrain. Norman was able to tie in his thesis to elements of the summer internship thanks to cooperation between MIT and GM.
Norman has been employed with General Motors since 1997 and is currently the Advanced Engineering Project Leader. He has been active for many years in the FIRST robotics competition (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This competition pairs a corporate sponsor (GM Powertrain in my case) with a local high school (Pontiac Northern High School) and the team builds a competition robot in six weeks.
Norman lives in Detroit with his wife Maria who is a manager at the Environmental Protection Agency and they have one little future engineer (son) named Tomas.