Bell celebrates engineering for Assembly Series, EnWeek

TV personality, WUSTL alumna, spreads word that engineering is fun, creative, innovative

Deanne Bell, an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis and host of popular science and technology-themed television shows, will share her love for a profession that she finds fun, creative and critical to innovation in an Assembly Series presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.


The event will be held in Lab Sciences Auditorium on the Danforth Campus and is free and open to the public.

Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from WUSTL in 2002. Since then, she has carved out a unique career that allows her to demonstrate that engineers have more to offer society — and have much fun — than their stereotypical images project.

Bell is the perfect person to relay that message. While working in the aerospace industry designing optical navigation systems, she landed her first television role in 2006 as co-host of the award-winning PBS series “Design Squad.”

Other roles quickly followed: Discovery Channel’s “Smash Lab” in 2007; DIY Network’s “Money Hunters” in 2009; and National Geographic Channel’s “The Egyptian Job” in 2011.

Most recently, Bell co-hosted ESPN’s “Rise Up” series, profiling the transformation of four high school gyms in depressed urban areas into state-of-the-art athletic facilities.

Bell’s presentation brings to a close this year’s Engineering Week at WUSTL, also known as EnWeek, an annual celebration of the engineering profession.

The Assembly Series event is sponsored by two student organizations: EnCouncil and Engineers Without Borders; and by the Woman’s Club of Washington University, and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

For information about this event or other Assembly Series programs, visit or call (314) 935-4620.