Zander’s instructors describe his curiosity and interest in vehicles as “profound.” He regularly asks more information than the course requires, and spends time helping his classmates understand the material. A two time regional SkillsUSA winner, Zander is determined to one day become the Chief Engineer of Corvette.
In his own words: “I have been committed to the automotive industry as a whole my entire life. I've been repairing or modifying my personal Corvette for the past three years and have been able to relate everything I learn with that to autotech and vice versa. I've rebuilt a 4-speed transmission from a bunch of scrap parts and swapped it into my originally automatic equipped Corvette. I've also used my autotech experience to help me design a rig and test a few cylinder head designs and conditions on a flow bench for my senior project. I also swapped the best performing heads onto my Corvette. I've also replaced engines on a few personal vehicles in order to make a profit on sale. I love everything automotive and I'm determined to lead our industry into the future.”
"After graduation, I plan to go to Michigan Technological University to study Mechanical Engineering. After that, I am determined to become the Chief Engineer of Corvette. This award will help me to get the theoretics learned in college courses into the real world and help to design world-class supercars. Many engineers do not have any technical education/skills and it shows when working on real projects instead of textbook problems. I am hoping this award will be able to set me apart from the rest."