Mary Bonk Isaac

Lakeside, CA, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
Energy, Education, Distance Learning
Job Title or "Student" 
Old Dominion University
BSME - Union 1982; MAT, Technology Education - NC A&T 2011; PhD, Education - ODU 2015
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Mary Bonk Isaac wore several different hats at GE Energy for 30 years, first as a machinist, followed by stints in field engineering, service engineering, marketing, sales, risk management, quality, and customer relationship management until her retirement in 2007.

In 2006, she founded her own non-profit company HEDGE Co to focus her passion on helping educators and other adult influencers funnel more girls into engineering through their influence. Her passion (and mission) is researching and implementing big ideas to improve the engagement and retention of females in engineering and technology through communities of practice such as ASEE and SWE, among others.

Mary holds a PhD in Education (Occupational and Technical Studies) from Old Dominion University in Virginia. She also holds a masters in Teaching Technology Education from North Carolina A & T, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in NY.

She lives in San Diego with her husband and four dogs. Mary’s software skills include intermediate to expert levels in most of the Microsoft suite components (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access), Skype, webconferencing, SurveyMonkey, SSPS, DreamWeaver, and WordPress.

She proudly considers herself a well-rounded geek and thinks numbers are almost as beautiful as music.
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Computing, Reading, Travel, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Evenings, Weekdays, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
AAUW, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Other Interests 
Music - play guitar; yoga; dogs

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