Women in Engineering: Mallory Hunt
by: Jonathan S Barrett
Originally from Monument, CO, Mallory Hunt began her time at the University of Wyoming as an education major. During the second semester of her freshman year, Mallory changed her major to civil/transportation engineering with a double major in Spanish. Since this transition of majors, Mallory has risen to be one of our college’s top leaders.
This past year, Mallory was nominated by her peers to occupy the role as the President of Tau Beta Pi, the honor society for the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Tau Beta Pi is responsible for annual banquets and scholarships, honoring the outstanding achievements of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the college. The organization encourages student involvement and promotes camaraderie among the students. Throughout the year, they also hold a number of community service events such as their annual blood drive.
After attending the national conference for Tau Beta Pi and interacting with students from Stanford, MIT, and the University of Texas at Austin, her decision to attend the University of Wyoming was reinforced. UW’s CEAS program offered Mallory a greater variety of specific degree programs, while giving her the opportunity to take advantage of the affordable tuition rates, while also providing her with the same caliber of recruitment opportunities as the larger and more expensive institutions.
Her most influential mentors during her time at the University of Wyoming have been her advisor, Dr. Jennifer E. Tanner and Dr. Rhonda K. Young, both from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, and Dr. Steven F. Barrett, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mallory has been exceptionally satisfied with the attentiveness that the faculty of the CEAS maintains in recognizing student’s needs and their continued focus on student development.
Mallory is additionally a student ambassador for the CEAS, while also being the treasurer of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). ITE assists in the recruitment of guest speakers to come and present at the college as well as bringing in employers from the private sector for career fairs. Most recently she has been nominated for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, UW’s prestigious recognition of the outstanding female graduating senior. This recognition is based on scholarship, leadership, contributions to the university, and character. The recipient of this award epitomizes the ideal role model of student scholarship and achievement.
Following graduation in May, Mallory plans to attend graduate school. Upon completion, she hopes to work for a private sector transportation firm. By remaining in the private sector she looks forward to being involved with a greater diversity of engineering projects and being placed in positions where she is directly responsible for deriving the solutions to complex problems.
Mallory continues to exemplify the characteristics present in the highest caliber of students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming.