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Women in Mechanical Engineering (WME)

March 18, 2013

By Brady Stoll, Mechanical Engineering Doctoral student

Picture of Brady Stoll smilingJoining organizations with similar interests to your own is a great way to meet people, network, and learn about opportunities around campus! I joined Women in Mechanical Engineering (WME) my first year as a graduate student and have loved all of the wonderful women that I met through the organization. WME is a student run organization that focuses on providing a forum for women to talk about their studies and network with other students and faculty.

One of the key events for WME is a coffee hour or brown-bag lunch meeting where women take a break from their studies and research to just talk. I love having a break during the day and getting a chance to hear what is going on throughout the department. We have talked about getting research funding, applying to grad schools, what classes to take, and whatever is on our minds! WME has also hosted lunches with faculty, giving me the chance to talk with faculty women and the challenges of taking that career path as a woman. Some of my favorite events are our social outings, where we take a break from being students and do activities like painting pottery!

WME has been a great experience for me, connecting with people who are going through the same experiences as I am and who can give me tips as to how to best balance classes, research, and a social life. I’ve also gotten to talk about how to tailor my education for a particular career path, and what to look for when thinking about careers. And to top it off, I get to be with fantastic women while I do all of this!

Brady Stoll is a Mechanical Engineering Doctoral student.