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Hillary Whitney-Hasso

Mechanical Engineering

As a young girl, Hillary enjoyed tinkering with broken radios and VCRs (remember them?). So maybe it was natural that she became an engineer.

Or that for her senior project, she's designing a computer controlled hydraulic device to be used during surgical procedures.

Career wise, she's interested in the field of biomedical engineering—or finding some way to use her degree to solve some of the world's problems. "It's hard to choose what to do," she says. "There are so many options with a Mechanical Engineering degree." Whatever she does, she wants to change the world for the better.


If you've ever taken something apart to see what made it work, you're already on your way to becoming a Mechanical Engineer (believe it or not, there are people who have never wanted to take apart anything—these people are probably not Mechanical Engineers). MEs are interested in what makes things work. They're interested in how to create devices that will perform certain tasks.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DESIGN EVERYTHING FROM 747s TO REFRIGERATORS. They create machines that make our life simpler, more productive, or more interesting. Remember those Mars Rovers that are still wandering around the Red Planet taking photos? You can bet a mechanical engineer or two had a hand in designing them. If regular machines are too big for you, what about microscopic nanomachines? Mechanical engineers do it all.