Mayra Artiles
Mayra S Artiles
Thermal Engineer for Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company
Canton, MI

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I remember the first time I stepped into the Kennedy Space Center at age 5 - they day I chose to become an engineer. Once I began my college degree at the University of Puerto Rico I was overwhelmed by the many industries in which I could apply my career choice. I slowly started testing and volunteering in different student projects such as robotics, Formula SAE, research assistantships, even internships in automotive companies. Nonetheless I still needed more direction and once I was done with my undergraduate I went for my master's degree on a full scholarship at Purdue University. While at Purdue I had the opportunity to work on some ground breaking research in nanoscale transport. This pretty much cleared it up for that I wanted to be a thermal engineer. So when Ford Motor Company offered me a position doing just that for their hybrid programs there was no way I could say no.
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Purdue University, 2012, Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, 2009, Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Keyla, Beaumont, TX

    Added Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Hi, my name is Keyla, and I'm currently a Junior pursuing a Mechanical Engineering BS. I love math and physics and solving complex problems, but lately I've been questioning whether my academics achievements are enough to get me a job. My GPA is a 3.2 out of 4.0, which is average. My question is, me being a female, Hispanic, and with average grades is it enough to get me noticed and get a secure job? Also, how can I thrive in a male industry such as mechanical engineering?
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    Mayra Artiles, Ford Motor Company
    Answered Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM
    Hi Kayla!
    When recruiters look at which candidate will be the best to hire, GPA is only a small fraction of what we discuss. In my experience, 99% of the time recruiters focus more on the projects the student has been involved in, such as SAE ...
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  • Patriotsforlife, Iowa asked Mayra Artiles, Ford Motor Company

    Added Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    I read your Autobiography, I want to become a thermal engineer, how do I become one?
    Related to Special fields and Interdisciplinary
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    Mayra Artiles, Ford Motor Company
    Answered Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM
    For the particular case of thermal engineer you want to have a background in mechanical engineering (preferrable from an ABET accredited school). Make sure to take as many courses as possible in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics (these ...
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  • Nazli, Instabul

    Added Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Hi I want to study automotive engineering in Italy but I want to know what does an automotive engineering does and what are the difficulties of this job for a girl?
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    Mayra Artiles, Ford Motor Company
    Answered Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:41 AM
    Hi Nazli! Automotive engineering is a very large field with a lot of different possibilities. You can work in very broad topics like setting targets for vehicle dynamics and performance to something more specific like the design of a single component, ...
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