I graduated from Boston University in January 2000 with a Bachelor
of Science in mechanical engineering and a minor in international
relations. During my time at BU, I took one year off from my engineering
studies to live and study in London, England.
I am currently a Development Engineer at Wyman-Gordon Company in
North Grafton, MA. Our Wyman-Gordon plant focuses mostly on titanium
and steel structural forgings for the aerospace industry and nickel
forgings for the gas turbine industry. I focus on cost reduction
programs for our airframe (fuselage/wing) parts by using the methodologies
of 6 Sigma (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve). I have been at Wyman-Gordon
for just over a year. I am also a member of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Women Engineers
(SWE), and I have been active with both of these organizations since
The most exciting part of my career is being able to "touch"
what I develop. I am able to see a part through our plant from when
the material first arrives to when it is shipped out the door. I
even have had the opportunity to see our parts after they are machined
and are getting ready to be put into the next commercial or military
aircraft. I grew up always wanting to work in the aerospace industry
and I enjoy being a supplier to major aerospace companies.
I grew up in Southern Maine - a town of about 7000 - large by Maine
standards. I also attended one of the largest high schools, which
gave me the opportunity to take college preparatory and advanced
classes so that I would be ready for college. But, I was not encouraged
to go into engineering - actually my physics teacher in high school
discouraged me from doing so. But, I was determined and pursued
a couple of summer engineering programs to prove to others and myself
that this is what I wanted to do. Many of my fellow high school
graduates are still in Maine and have never pursued a higher education.
I often times felt that the high school was more focused on getting
you graduated than encouraging you to continue studying what interests
you after graduation.
The challenges did not end with deciding to go to and getting accepted
to college. I decided to attend a private university instead of
staying in Maine and attending the state university. I felt the
programs and opportunities that BU had to offer were perfect for
me and they were. But, it became very difficult as the freshman-year
scholarships ran out, to keep paying the tuition. I took on a couple
of part-time jobs and that in turn affected my grades. It was very
difficult to find the money year after year and that was actually
more challenging than studying engineering. But, when I did graduate
- after five and half years, two of which I was part time, I never
felt more proud of myself and more sure that that "piece of
paper" was well deserved.
I live in the Northeast corner of CT with my husband, Evan, and