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August 13, 2015

As part of a social media trend #ILookLikeAnEngineerNTH Consultants, Ltd. features Mary Koeger ’14 in a story celebrating women’s accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Koeger credits an early introduction into surveying as peaking her interest in civil engineering.  She loves mathematics and thought about a career in business.  Ultimately, she decided she wanted to make a difference in her community. 

In speaking about her time at the University of Detroit Mercy, Koeger says, “I went to the University of Detroit Mercy (great school, just saying). I went there because the moment I stepped into the engineering building, I could see myself in the halls. The class sizes were small, the professors cared about you and it just felt like home. I knew I’d spend my sleepless nights in the geotech lab preparing for exams.

She offers this advice to women considering careers in engineering, “I’m not going to sugar coat, Engineering is hard, but worth it. I was the only girl in my graduating class for my major. So, don’t let being a girl stop you. If you like math and science and you sincerely enjoy applying it to create something you can be proud of, why not engineering? Do something you will enjoy and be proud of for the rest of your life!”

NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) is a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in Geotechnical, Environmental, and Facilities Engineering formed by College of Engineering & Science alumni Benedict Tiseo '65 and Jerry Neyer '61.

Read: NTH Women In Engineering Series Vol. 2:  Mary Koeger

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