Drew Koch

Drew Koch Student

White Lake, Michigan
High School
Walled Lake Northern High School
Mechanical Engineering
College of Business Administration
May 2018
“After I graduated high school, I didn’t go to college right away. Instead, I took a year off and worked full-time for my father. I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do in life but discovered that working with heavy machinery involved several physics and engineering concepts. This work experience piqued my interest in engineering and ultimately steered me in the direction of CMU’s School of Engineering and Technology. I definitely think having real-world experience and being surrounded by working adults gave me a unique advantage because it allowed me to figure out what I want to do with my life earlier than most people.”
“I didn’t know many people when I first arrived at CMU and moved into a residence hall. When I joined the CMU Baja team though, I suddenly had a group of 15 to 20 people I saw every day. We got to know each other really well, and now everyone I socialize with is from the Baja team. Even my roommates are three guys who are teammates.”
“Building the Baja car and racing it is pretty much a full-time job on top of schoolwork and studying. It’s time well-spent though because I definitely know I want to work in the automotive industry. If I could do anything, I’d really like to work for Jeep because that’s where my heart and passion is.”
“I was in charge of rebuilding the Baja car for the Society of Automotive Engineers Midnight Mayhem Invitational in Kentucky, where we finished in second place. I was the driver, and it was such a great run on that track and a surreal feeling at the finish line. I certainly can’t take all the credit but it’s great to be able to say I was part of the process that led to our success. I’ll remember that win for a long time.”
“I’d love to make a name for myself within the CMU SAE Baja’s leadership rankings and have an officer role next year, if possible. I figure as long as I keep at it, I think it’s an attainable goal. If I commit to it, put the time in and keep pushing forward, maybe I could even be the club’s president one day. I have three more years to go so it’s within reach. I think every student needs to find something to aim for because having a personal goal will only drive your desire and push you to succeed.”
  • Led 2015 Baja car rebuild, Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team
  • Participant, Intramural Flag Football