305 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
BotsIQ Executive Director
Michel leads the development and expansion of BotsIQ in southwestern Pennsylvania. She collaborates with partner organizations to provide hands-on projects and learning opportunities for youth and works to raise awareness and interest in manufacturing career pathways. During her time with BotsIQ, Michel has expanded programming to include BotsIQ Academy, the Close the Loop program, and the BotsIQ Cobot Challenge. Her responsibilities also include managing all BotsIQ events and competitions, fundraising activities, marketing and public relations, providing school support and teacher professional development.
Maria works with high school career counselors, administrators, BotsIQ teachers, students, and parents to share manufacturing career-related opportunities. Through BotsIQ’s Close the Loop program, Maria helps students develop individual career plans and provides career training including resume and cover letter writing, career portfolios, and mock interviews. She collaborates with regional workforce investment boards, post-secondary training centers, colleges/universities, and manufacturers to find and create these opportunities for BotsIQ students and assists manufacturers in the development of facility tours, job shadowing, co-op and internship programs.