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Mary Duncan

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“In life it is the darkest zones one finds the brightest beauty and the most luminous wisdom.” - Andy Gidwitz

Mary Duncan is a senior in Mechanical Engineering, with a 3.47 GPA, and is from Baltimore, Maryland. She believes that the best thing about being a VT Engineer are the opportunities presented through attending Engineering Expo, the exposure to the vast job choices that come with engineering, and the reputation of the engineering department itself. Mary also finds purchase in the importance of the network of engineering alumni that students are connected to. While in middle school, Mary wanted to become an inventor, which is the desire that first introduced her to the career that is Mechanical Engineering. Now, in college, she has taken this desire and made it a reality, having already accepted a job in the Operations Management Leadership Program with General Electric in their Gas Power sector.

Mary first became involved with CEED through the Hypatia Women in Engineering Learning Community during her first year at VT, then worked with CEED during the summer of 2018 as a residential advisor for the Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP) program and a program assistant for Imagination camp.

Mary greatly looks up to her father, a Spanish teacher and running coach at an all-boys private school. She looks up to the devotion he has for his job and the students under his care, students whose lives he has impacted with his faith in their success and discipline. She aspires to have as much dedication, discipline, faithfulness, and care that her father has in both life and career.

Outside of class, Mary enjoys many genres of music, along with watching TV and movies, painting, and writing poetry. Her favorite cartoon character is Phineas from Phineas and Ferb, as his intelligence and ability to create and build really stoked her desire to become an engineer.