Meet the Team – Samantha Shofestall

Samantha Shofestall is a member of Team Daytona Beach’s BIPV/T PCM team and a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Currently, she is a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program. The reason for choosing this program is due to her feeling that mechanical engineering is the most versatile of engineering fields and will allow her to work on a variety of engineering projects throughout her career.

Due to the representation of the future for clean energy that Solar Decathlon presents, Samantha joined our team. She also feels that the competition represents the development of a sustainable relationship with our environment.

To get to know Samantha better, we asked her a few fun questions!

  1. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? When I’m alone in the car I like to make crazy plans for the future that I don’t know how to make fit together- like through hiking the PCT, sailing around the world, becoming a dive master and traveling to other faraway places, while also serving in the navy.
  2. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal in the world, I would be a sparrow. Although human flight doesn’t hold my interest, the ability to fly without a plane is one I would covet.
  3. Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.  I am inspired by young people out in the world, far from what they know, chasing their dreams. People who ignore all the negativity in the world and try to be kind and happy and useful in their own little corner.
  4. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? I would keep the elephant and ride it to school.
  5. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?  Defying Gravity from Wicked
  6. Who would you let punch you directly in the face? Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  7. What’s your favorite quote? If your house is clean and you have creamer for your coffee, you can basically take on the world.
  8. Is there intelligent life in outer space? Yes. I have no doubt; it seems incredibly selfish to believe we are special enough to be the only ones.
  9. If you were an ice cream what flavor would you be? Strawberry Cheesecake
  10. What song best describes you? I Lived by OneRepublic

Thank you for all of your contributions to Team Daytona Beach, Samantha!

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