This summer, three Henry Ford College students participated in Base 11’s fellowship program. They spent July and August in Southern California, doing engineering projects and two of the nation’s top research universities — and got paid for it!

Hector Ochoa spent the summer at Caltech, doing research with graduate student mentors in aerospace engineering.

A few miles south, at the University of California, Irvine Huda Sudaki and Will O’Connell were working as a team to design and build a drone in the Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy.

These Henry Ford College students had incredible summer engineering experiences that put them on the path to success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Meet Henry Ford College’s 2016 Base 11 Fellows:

Hector Ochoa, Base 11 FellowHector Ochoa

“When I arrived at Caltech the feeling I got from walking around the school was as if I was dreaming. It was surreal ….


Read Hector’s story of overcoming his fears of being at Caltech.

Huda SedakiHuda Sedaki, Base 11 Fellow


“This internship really enriched my resume …. This was a positive experience, to be a woman in an engineering internship.”

Will O'Connell, Base 11 FellowWill O’Connell

“Now that I’ve built the quadcopter, I have a better idea how to find and approach problems I want to solve.”


Watch this video of Huda, Will and the other Base 11 Fellows at UCI.


Current community college students can apply now for Base 11’s experiences on university campuses.