Alondra Michelle Ortiz-Ortiz

Graduate Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan


We can do whatever we want to do.

What do you do?

I am currently fabrication anti-fouling coatings based on the tunable design of nanostructures for different biological and environmental applications.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was 15 years old, I had an accident and ended up in a wheelchair. I was not able to walk for six months. I developed a disfunction in my nervous system as a result of my Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Advances in medical technology gave me the privilege of walking again. A medical device (designed by a mechanical engineer) was implanted inside of my body, providing relief to my chronic pain condition and allowing me to move my legs. Since that moment, I decided that I wanted to impact the lives of others as the mechanical engineer that designed my neurostimulator impacted mine.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Getting in one of the top Mechanical Engineering programs here in the United States.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Providing solutions to the problems that we are currently facing as well as being an inspiration for young females that one to pursue studies in STEM.

Best advice for next generation?

We can do whatever we want to do. If you dream about it, you can make that dream comes true. Always believe in you, you are powerful, you are kind, you are important, you are amazing.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Well okay, that didn’t go so well, but I guess I will just carry on.’ ” ― Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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