After studying civil and environmental engineering at Cal, and being drawn to the construction path, Michelle discovered the lure of low-voltage engineering through TEECOM’s summer internship program, TEECOMuniversity. She completed the program with such flying colors that we offered her a job. As a designer, Michelle now contributes to a variety of projects on our largest team. The best part about TEECOM? “Having so many mentors, and learning so much,” she says.
Michelle achieved a junior rating in both windsurfing and sailing in the same summer — not an easy feat! — and began to teach lessons. It’s difficult for her to separate the two when talking about her obsession with these water sports, but she says windsurfing is where she gets time to be alone. “Just out there on a board, by yourself.”
Michelle adopted Vida when she was a year and a half and has loved raising her. She’s a rescue boxer mix with a brindle coat that can’t not be adored. Michelle takes Vida to parks, hiking trails, beaches… really, any place where Vida can catch some sun, play fetch, and be free.
Attending Cal meant decent proximity to the Berkeley Marina, so Michelle joined the Cal Sailing Club and became completely enthralled with the lifestyle. Despite falling in the water hundreds of times, she eventually became a Club Day Leader, in charge of rescuing people whenever they would drift to dangerous parts of the marina. She says it’s the best feeling and you get to meet people from all over the world.