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Jon Pedrotti

2023 Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship Recipient

Jon Pedrotti is from Fairway, KS, and majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace Engineering with plans to graduate December 2025. Jon was born and raised in the Kansas City area with his two older brothers, Joe and Sam, and younger sister, Kate. He attended elementary and high schools that had STEM-related programs through the Project Lead the Way program. Jon's first encounter with problem-solving and competition set him on his path toward engineering. His grade school qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, which is a nationwide model rocket competition in Washington D.C.

Jon was destined for Mizzou as he grew up a fan his entire life. His father played football at Mizzou, and his two older brothers graduated from MU. Being a huge fan of the school was not the only reason he chose MU. The great things his father and brother Joe had to say about the engineering program persuaded him even further. Mizzou has created many memories for Jon, most of which involve watching football at Faurot Field. His most memorable experience was beating K-State in 2023, and rushing the field with his friends. Jon is involved in fraternity life at Mizzou, and is Vice President of Alpha Tau Omega. He is also a 2x MizzouRec Flag Football champion.

Jon interned with Black & Veatch in Kansas City in their Water Division, and is looking forward to working in their Power Division the summer of 2024 (and hopes for a permanent position post-graduation!). He plans on returning to Kansas City to be around family and friends, as well as cheering on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. He's hopeful to see the world through travel at some point after graduation, and would love to be able to attend an F1 race in the future.

Jon is very thankful to the Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation for selecting him as a recipient of the Live Like Josh Seidel Engineering Scholarship. This award is particularly meaningful to Jon because his older brother, Joe was the recipient of the Spirit of Sigma Chi Award in 2019. Joe passed away in 2021, and his family and friends created a foundation in his honor to promote STEM, spread awareness for Shallow Water Blackout, encourage organ donation, and continue the joy for life that he had. Jon is very thankful for the guidance and support that JSMF and the Seidel family have provided to him, his family, and the Joseph Pedrotti Memorial Foundation board. They were instrumental in getting Joe's Foundation up and running. Jon has attended the "Trivia 4 Josh" event and several "Tailgate 4 Josh" events and plans on attending more events in the future.”

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