Melanie Willi joined Icarus 2081 her senior year in high school- the year Icarus was founded. Before being a part of FIRST, Melanie was not considering a career in engineering. However the experience helped her realize how much she loved the challenge of solving tough technical problems. That and many other experiences on the team motivated her to to get a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Melanie now works at Caterpillar, Inc. and mentors Team Icarus.