Letter from Dr. Mary Wells

I have never regretted becoming an engineer, and have found my career as a professional engineer to be extremely satisfying both intellectually and emotionally. Studying engineering at University trained my mind how to think and solve problems from a variety of perspectives. Engineering has also given me a chance to help work on problems I feel are important to society.  Even though math and science form the academic foundation for engineering, I have found during my career that there is a lot more to engineering than just math and science including being a great communicator and possessing excellent people skills!

Engineering is a career that rewards people who like team work, problem solving, and making a positive change in the world. Engineering graduates have many options; some have gone on to revolutionize health care with the creation of new medical devices, change how we access clean water through creating new filtration systems, and others have forged their own path by creating their own enterprises.  Women are going to be a huge force in the solution of human problems.

Diversity is important. A diverse work force brings unique views and experiences which leads to creativity, innovation, and ultimately success. We need more women in engineering to identify and solve tomorrow’s problems and identify opportunities. 

Increasing the participation of women in the engineering profession starts with our students and our children. Through community outreach, social events and providing interaction with mentors, we encourage underrepresented groups, such as women, to consider the engineering  profession.

Waterloo Engineering is working on building a better tomorrow, and part of it starts here, with encouraging and celebrating women in engineering. 


Mary Wells

Mary Wells

Dr. Mary Wells, PEng
Associate Dean, Outreach
Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering