Jamel Seagraves

Hometown: Galt, CA

high school: Galt High School

college: Stanford University

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

From an early age, Jamel Seagraves developed a strong desire to push himself outside of his comfort zone and put forth more than his best effort in each new endeavor. Although they struggled financially, his parents worked hard to raise him and his younger sister in a loving environment centered on family values and an appreciation for life. Jamel was home-schooled for during middle school by his mother, which not only helped him mature as a young adult but also gain a better understanding of the kind of person he wanted to be. Nevertheless, attending public high school tested his character. But he stayed true to himself and allowed his own motivation to push him to the top of his graduating class, receive multiple scholarships, and be accepted into Stanford University.

For several years leading up to college, Jamel planned to major in Marine Biology but ended up graduating in June 2011 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at Stanford, he played rugby, developed a strong, active dorm community as an RA, and formed many friendships. He continued to pursue his love for music by playing saxophone in a jazz combo as well as in a hip-hop group that produced its first album. Furthermore, Jamel wanted to make a difference in the surrounding community. So he volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto as a Junior Engineers instructor, Tech Challenge team leader, and tutor.

In September 2011, Jamel started his professional career as a Product Development Engineer at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. Although it has only been a few months, he has enjoyed applying his knowledge gained from Stanford courses and working as part of a team—currently in Active Safety—to make practical and impactful changes in the world. Recently, he has been developing software to support a new pedestrian detection system that will be implemented in future Ford vehicles. His supervisors and coworkers have recognized his diligence, problem-solving skills, and efficiency in reaching the desired goals. Finally, Jamel hopes to continue his growth as a Ford employee and eventually move back to California to start a family.

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