Amy Elliott

Cleveland, TN, US
Field of Work 
Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Job Title or "Student" 
Ph.D. Student, Researcher for 3D Printing Lab
Virginia Tech, Tennessee Tech University
Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Amy calls herself the Martha Stewart of Engineering because she can do it all!

She’s pursing a PhD in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and has already amassed a ton of experience in the machine shop, with mechanical design and in robotics competitions.

After serving as an apprentice machinist for 6 months, she used her metalworking skills to build robots, spending several years with First Robotics and NASA Robotics Academy. She also worked for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for three years, where she designed and machined an experimental setup to test bearings.

Her current Ph.D work deals with rapid prototyping technologies; so she knows how to design and build extremely fast. Amy is undoubtedly smart, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously, describing herself as “hilarious, loving, dynamic, talkative... sometimes a baby and sometimes the boss... but always Southern.”

Amy is one of 10 contestants on the new Discovery Channel reality television competition show “Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” which focuses on using logic and design to crack different engineering-related challenges each week. The show debuted on May 1st and is hosted by actor Kal Penn.

Listen to Amy's interview and perspectives on women in engineering here://
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