“I never thought I would pursue a PhD—ever.” That’s how Amy Wood, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering, felt as a freshman. But as an undergraduate she worked in a lab researching product design for the developing world. The opportunity to learn more was too exciting to pass up.
With her husband, Charles (manufacturing engineering technology, BS ’14), Amy has traveled the world researching a better way to meet customer needs in developing countries. She has lived in Peru and India and has visited Spain, Italy, Romania, and Greece for her research. “I feel like my engineering degree has really prepared me to help others,” she says. “Skills like how to learn effectively, how to work hard, and how to solve difficult problems are useful in any kind of service. I also have specific skills in math, product design, and research that allow me to use my training to help people all over the world.”