Kenny Topolovec has done a lot to inspire a future generation of engineers — even as he trains to be one himself. The electrical engineering major has demonstrated a knack for leadership, whether it’s organizing events where younger students can get advice from upperclassmen or mentoring students in the Intelligent Systems Club, where he leads the electrical team for the group’s intelligent ground vehicle robot project.
“Kenny has a determined attitude that is contagious to others,” said his faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Stanley Baek. “He teaches and mentors younger students with different levels of engineering experience. And he’s worked with students with diverse academic backgrounds to strengthen their grasp on mathematics. He really is a leader both inside and outside the classroom.”
Part of what makes Topolovec such a natural mentor is that he can walk the talk. He’s racked up numerous achievements and leadership positions during his time at UM-Dearborn, including several academic awards, a flawless GPA, and service as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter. He’s even carved out time to assist with research on autonomous vehicles, which is one of his driving passions.
“My dream career would be leading a research team for a robotics or automotive company,” Topolovec said. “I have always been fascinated by technology, and I would love for that technology to make some difference in people's lives. So the ability to lead others who are pushing the boundaries of technology and shaping the future would be a privilege for me.”