Published: Dec. 9, 2020

Michelle GalettiThe Outstanding Undergraduate of the College for fall 2020 is Michelle Galetti. She’s graduating with a degree in Creative Technology & Design through the ATLAS Institute.

The outstanding graduate of the college is selected based on their overall excellence in academics, service and research. Michelle has all of these in spades.

Michelle is from Colorado Springs but graduated high school in Seattle. A student with deep intellectual curiosity and a strong ability to persevere, Michelle is known by her professors for producing exceptional work inside and outside of the classroom.

During her undergraduate career, Michelle experienced sudden, total hearing loss. While navigating her new reality, Michelle used the experience to inform her classwork and projects. She developed a voice transcription app for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and embarked on a research project to create an interactive jacket that provides haptic feedback as an alternative sensory experience of music.

A diligent student, Michelle is a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. As an Engineering Fellow, she performs mentoring and service activities to support fellow students, and has also served as a learning assistant for two ATLAS courses. She also completed an internship with the Southwest Research Institute’s space operations in Boulder.

After graduation, Michelle will move into a full-time position as a student scientist in mission operations and a senior web developer for the Southwest Research Institute.

Meet the other Outstanding Graduates