After graduating from WUSTL with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2002, Bell began her career as an aerospace engineer, but went on to appear on PBS’ “Design Squad,” Discovery Channel’s “Smash Lab” and National Geographic’s “The Egyptian Job.”
The student organization Engineers Without Borders selected Bell as its speaker, remarking that she defies the stereotype of a “typical engineer” and exemplifies EnWeek’s mission of promoting a diverse and well-educated engineering workforce.
Bell’s talk is free and open to the public.
An additional component of National Engineer’s Week is “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” designed to introduce girls to engineering professions. To close EnWeek at WUSTL, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is offering “Girls Day” Saturday, Feb. 25.
Local high school girls have been invited to campus for a day devoted solely to women engineers. The girls may choose to have dinner with SWE members on the South 40 the night before and, if they like, spend the night in a resident hall.
On Feb. 25, they will attend seminars and hands-on activities led by engineering faculty and student groups. After lunch, they will team up for Engineering Olympics, a series of mini design and communication projects.
The day will end with a panel discussion featuring women in engineering, including an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a faculty member and a representative from admissions.
The week’s events are sponsored by the WUSTL student organizations EnCouncil; Engineers Without Borders; the WUSTL chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers; Student Union; and the Society of Women Engineers.
Additional sponsors are the Woman’s Club of Washington University; the Engineering Library; and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
For more information about engineering week events, including dates and times, visit: engineering.wustl.edu/engineersweek.