IUPUI Honors College Chancellor's scholar and School of Engineering and Technology student Nicole Stout had an undergraduate career that steered her toward success. The Motorsports Engineering major with minors in math and sports management came to the Indianapolis campus from Sagamore Hills, Ohio. Stout studied abroad with the Motorsports in Germany program using the Honors College Study Abroad Stipend to learn about how Germany became a leader in the development of motorsports. The two-time IUPUI Top 100 recipient spoke with us about her journey from applying to the university to landing a job as a race tire engineer with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Q: What led you to apply to IUPUI?
Nicole Stout: I applied to IUPUI because of the Motorsports Engineering program. IUPUI is the only university in the United States that has a B.S. degree in this engineering discipline. I also enjoyed the idea of going to IUPUI because of the small class sizes, downtown Indianapolis location, and faculty with real-life engineering experience.
Q: Do any of your pre-college passions mesh with your current career goals?
NS: Some of my passions include traveling, learning new things, coffee, and cats. But my largest passion is motorsports; I have always loved cars and watching them compete. When I found the Motorsports Engineering program at IUPUI, I knew that it was perfect because I was able to turn one of my passions into my career.
Q: What are the major achievements and experiences you had at IUPUI?
NS: Some of my major achievements at IUPUI include earning minors in math and sports marketing, a certificate in motorsports studies, being selected as a Top 100 student twice, receiving four Bepko Engineering and Technology awards, being awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship, admittance into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, winning the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association Memorial Scholarship, and winning an award from the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation.
Some of my major experiences at IUPUI include being the crew chief for the all-female go-kart team, being a mentor for the Women's Engineering Network, being the event chair for the Society of Women Engineers, acting as an Engineering and Technology student ambassador, studying abroad in both the United Kingdom and Germany, presenting at two mentoring conferences, grading for multiple math classes, and obtaining five internships.
Q: How did the IUPUI Honors College affect your college experience?
NS: The Honors College gave me the opportunity to study abroad my freshman year with the stipend I was awarded my scholarship. HoCo also was the force behind my goal of keeping a high GPA so that I could graduate with honors. Finally, the Honors College gave me a welcoming, quiet space to study and learn in.
Q: What’s happening after graduation?
NS: After graduation, I will move back home to Cleveland, Ohio and start work as a Race Tire Engineer at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Before work starts, though, I will be spending time with my family and taking a cruise to Russia!
Q: What advice would you give to our incoming IUPUI Honors College freshmen?
NS: I have three pieces of advice for incoming IUPUI Honors College freshman. One; take the time to study abroad/travel while in college. It changed my outlook on life and I’m sure it will make an impact on yours. Two; get involved! I made the best memories and friends while in college when I was participating in school-related events like the Regatta (You Gotta Regatta!), the Purdue Grand Prix, and studied abroad. Finally, three; don’t forget about your family and friends at home. Your family and friends will be one of the best support systems to help get you through your next few years at college.