A senior mechanical engineering student with a mathematics minor. Matt is from Celeryville, Ohio and came to Calvin in the fall of 2013. He worked as a mechanical engineering intern at Progressive Surface, and has held the position since June of 2015. At Progressive Matt was exposed to the manufacturing and design processes associated with a variety of closed loop blasting systems and material handling systems. He spent time helping to assess, solve, and document machining and assembly problems as they arose on the floor of the company. He also spent time working with Progressive’s project managers as part of their design teams. He spent time analyzing design criteria such as safety, material selection, weight reduction, cost reduction, handling requirements, manufacturing considerations and aesthetic concerns.
Matt is excited to begin his full-time job as a Production Support Engineer at Gentex Corporation after graduation. In his free time, he enjoys a variety of physical activities including sports, weight lifting, and jogging. He also spends time working on his motorcycle projects and truck.
Toby Dalla Santa
Toby Dalla Santa is a mechanical engineering senior at Calvin College. The lone member of the team from the West Coast, Toby grew up in the little town of Lynden, Washington, where he was involved in athletics and student government while working seasonally over the summer in the local berry fields. At Calvin, Toby has continued to find a balance between courses, community involvement, and campus employment. With two different summer internships, one with Oxbo International Corporation in 2015 and another with Janicki Industries in 2016, Toby has thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and problem-solving that engineering brings on a daily basis. At Oxbo, a company specializing in specialty agricultural harvesters, Toby got a variety of experience with drafting, data organization, and design work. With Janicki Industries, a leading manufacturer of high-precision composite and metal parts, Toby was exposed to a variety of manufacturing techniques while assisting the maintenance engineer in maintaining the large equipment of the plant. Toby has accepted a position with at GMB Architecture + Engineering and is excited to begin working after completing his degree. In his spare time, Toby enjoys playing guitar at his local church, hiking and outdoor activities, and recreational athletics.
Matthew Lenko is a senior at Calvin College studying Mechanical Engineering with a Mathematics minor. Born and raised in Pottstown, PA, Matthew made the trek out to Grand Rapids, MI to pursue a quality education at a liberal arts college with a phenomenal engineering department. Matthew had the opportunity to intern with Dematic and Mack Truck the past two summers, Dematic being the most recent. These experiences gave Matthew an inside look into quality in manufacturing and material handling. With Mack Truck in the summer of 2015, Matthew experienced being on the receiving end of the interaction between design and manufacturing. At Mack he worked with critical characteristics while monitoring tool and process capability. During the summer of 2016, Matthew worked with Dematic and his role flipped to being the design engineer for installation and manufacturing. His main responsibilities for the summer included working with conveyor seismic supports, guardrail, and drawing details used in communicating with installation and manufacturing. After graduation Matthew will intern with Dematic in R&D for the summer before heading to Penn State University to pursue a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Matt is aiming to pursue a career in mechanical design or product design engineering.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys the finer things in life: art, music, and board games. Matt is also an avid runner and biker; he also enjoys the sports of basketball and soccer.
Jonathan Manni is a senior at Calvin College studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in German. Jonathan grew up in Canton, MI where he participated in his school’s robotics team before heading to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. While at Calvin, Jonathan discovered his interest in German language and has made several visits for both work and travel in Germany since his start at the college. Jonathan has also served as the Vice President of Public Relations on the college’s Student Senate, where he represented students to the administration and helped develop the college’s 20-year Master Plan. During the spring break of his junior year, Jonathan had to opportunity to work on a team developing a power protection system for developing nations as an intern with SonSet Solutions in Elkhart, IN. Following his junior year, Jonathan spent his summer working as a Research Assistant in Osnabrück, Germany in the Laboratory for Micro and Optoelectronics at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. At the university, Jonathan developed solutions for multispectral imaging for the laboratory’s agricultural robotic platform named “BoniRob,” in addition to developing image processing algorithms for the counting of individual plants. Following graduation Jonathan will begin his studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder where he will spend the next several years in pursuit of his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.
In his free time, Jonathan enjoys reading, exploring the outside world through running, hiking, and backpacking, as well as tinkering with small-scale robotics and computer projects.