Governor recognizes Gator Engineer with Young Entrepreneur Award

In Alumni Spotlight, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Honors & Awards

UF MAE alumna Erin Winick "Gator Chomps" with Florida leaders.

Mechanical engineering alumna Erin Winick was honored at the state’s capitol for her STEM-inspired fashion accessories company, Sci Chic.

Erin Winick’s college career was filled with success and passionate involvement. Under her leadership, the UF section of the Society of Women Engineers won the parent organization’s highest award. She was among the first two University Innovation Fellows selected to represent UF. She represented the college at the UF Engineering Leadership Summit, our Convocation ceremony, and at the 2015 McDonald’s Cadet Leadership Conference at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She also made headlines on CNN with the student startup company she founded, Sci Chic.

A year after graduating, Winick continues to make headlines. She was recently selected by the governor for the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Award. 

“I’m proud to present Erin with the Young Entrepreneur Award,” said Governor Scott. “It’s great to see Florida entrepreneurs follow their dreams of starting a business while inspiring others to get involved with STEM. It takes dedication and hard work to start a business and I look forward to seeing Sci Chic’s success in Florida.”

Sci Chic designs and produces 3D printed jewelry and accessories inspired by science and engineering. This year, the company launched a subscription service, where customers receive a monthly assortment of jewelry and stories and videos about women in STEM.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award,” said Winick, CEO of Sci Chic. “Sci Chic is focused on using science and engineering to produce fashionable jewelry. We work hard to develop STEM inspired fashion and inspire young girls to get involved with science and engineering. I’m grateful for the success we have seen, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”