Believe and Achieve! Rose Parade Float Honored Honda STEAM Leaders

As presenting sponsor of the Rose Parade® for the 12th consecutive year, Honda`s “Believe and Achieve!” float featured four Honda associates who embody The Power of Dreams and are currently working in STEAM-related fields. The Honda float riders were Sue Bai, Nicole Harvel, Melanie Morimoto and Yolanda Pate, who work at Honda locations in Michigan, South Carolina, California and Alabama, respectively, where they focus on advanced vehicle safety research, vehicle manufacturing and product quality.

  • Sue Bai is a chief engineer and division director at Honda Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her team is responsible for developing advanced safety technologies to achieve Honda`s vision for zero fatalities from collisions.
  • Nicole Harvel is an engineering coordinator and lead material engineer of the Material Analysis Lab at Honda`s manufacturing plant in Timmonsville, South Carolina. She manages investigations into market and manufacturing issues as well as new model projects.
  • Melanie Morimoto is a senior fabricator at American Honda in Torrance, California, where she works with the Model Development department`s designers to bring their concepts to life. “Math isn`t something to be afraid of—it`s a tool,” she said.
  • Yolanda Pate is the quality division lead for Honda`s Alabama Auto Plant in Lincoln, Alabama, where she is responsible for all quality operations including vehicle quality and product engineering.

Watch the video below to hear more about these leaders and their experience as part of the Rose Parade®.

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