Rachel Anderson: former Global Food Challenge intern drives change at the U of M...and beyond

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:00am

Rachel Anderson, a former Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge intern and award-winning U of M engineering student, is profiled in a recent University article entitled “She is ME.”

Read the article to learn about Anderson’s role in supporting her fellow women mechanical engineering students, the vision that drives her, and what she would say to young girls interested in science and engineering.


On her Land O’Lakes experience:

“Two summers ago, I had the privilege of working with Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge. That experience exposed me to the problem of food security and many others. Ever since participating in the challenge, I can’t get my mind off wanting to fix the global food crisis, especially in urban populations.”


On women studying mechanical engineering:

“I’ve been a change maker because I realized that there was a lack of community for women in the Department of Mechanical Engineering….It’s difficult being one of only about 83 women in the department compared to more than 400 males. That’s only about 17 percent women! Last fall, I co-founded the first women’s group for mechanical engineering students called She is ME. Through that group, I can honestly say that we have built a stronger community for women in mechanical engineering.”