Tau Bate, Gracie S. Cole, CO A ’20, was recently featured in the American Automobile Association’s AAA Living magazine!
While pursuing a path as an engineer at The Colorado School of Mines, Cole and a team of students took on a project to convert her family’s ’79 Volkswagen into a fully-working electric vehicle. Per her website, her project, “Re-Volt” won 1st place Best Overall, Best Societal Impact, and Best Website awards at the 2020 Mines Capstone Showcase.
Equipped with the spirit of adventure, her family used the Volkswagen to ferry them around on long road trips and it was even her home after obtaining her first undergraduate degree. Cole seems to have found adventure all throughout her adult life. She was the first woman to unicycle across the United States and also worked as an aircraft fuels operator at Antarctica’s McMurdo station before returning to the states and pursuing a second bachelor’s degree at the Colorado School of Mines.