Chassis Plans Awards Leadership in Engineering Scholarship

Julia Soderstjerna, studying Mechanical Engineering at the UCSD
Jacobs School of Engineering, is the winner

San Diego, CA, August 18, 2014-- Chassis Plans, Systems Engineered to Perform®, today announced the award of the Leadership in Engineering Scholarship to Juli Soderstjerna.


Marc DeMatteo, President of Chassis Plans, presented the $1500 Scholarship award and said "Julia epitomizes what we want to reward in our winners - a can-do attitude, self reliance, and a drive to succeed. I congratulate Julia on winning this Scholarship."


Chassis Plans has made a copy of Ms. Soderstjerna's essay available at


Ms. Soderstjerna is a Sophomore at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is an active participant in UCSD’s Engineers for Exploration, and this year she participated in two student-led engineering projects. She worked on the prototyping, mechanical design, 3-D modeling, assembly and deployment of the Tiger Tracker and Intelligent Camera Trap projects. The Tiger Tracker project is currently being utilized to assist in wildlife research at the San Diego Zoo, and the Intelligent Camera Trap is being deployed at the San Dieguito River Valley Preserve.

Ms. Soderstjerna has always been interested in technology, and her decision to study Mechanical Engineering was sparked by joining the FTC Robotics team at Mt. Carmel High School. As the team’s Lead Programmer, she programmed all of the autonomous code for the competition robots. She also participated in the design and troubleshooting of the robots.

Currently, Ms. Soderstjerna is an undergraduate intern at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under the Ocean Physics Group, where she is working on creating a microconductivity sensor for deployment in future research trips. After graduation, Ms. Soderstjerna hopes to obtain her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then to pursue a career in the field.

In her free time, Ms. Soderstjerna enjoys creating 3-D computer animation. One of her animated short films was awarded “Best Animation” at the All-American High School Film Festival in New York City.


Chassis Plans has a long history of engaging students enrolled in the local universities (San Diego State University, University of California San Diego) and offering engineering intern positions. These engagements have been beneficial to both the students and the company. We offer scholarships to students pursuing degrees in engineering as a way of giving back to the community. The Winter, 2015, Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship will be announced soon. See the above link for details.

About Chassis Plans
Chassis Plans is a recognized leader in manufacturing fully configured turn-key military grade rackmount computer solutions for the industrial, rugged, and military markets. They manufacture 1U to 6U ATX and Single Board Computer systems tailored exactly to customer application requirements. They also manufacture a full line of industrial rack mount and panel mount LCD monitors and keyboard drawers.

Chassis Plans specializes in long-life product support offering unmatched in-house custom chassis design, long-life industrial motherboards and SBC's with strict revision control and material obsolescence management for trouble free program deployment. Key military customers include companies such as L3, Lockheed, and Northrop Grumman. Notable commercial customers include Siemens, Nikon, & General Electric. Chassis Plans is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of Systems Engineered to Perform!® Please visit for more information or e-mail at

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