Stacy Moss, an electrical engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport was recently selected by DiscoverE as the 2014 New Faces of Engineering Professional for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. DiscoverE, formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation, helps unite, mobilize and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities.
Both NUWC Newport and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers endorsed Moss for this award for her accomplishments as a top shock and survivability analyst in the NUWC’s Platform and Payload Integration Department and for her efforts leading a weapons-systems integration team while on assignment with the Virginia Submarine Class Program Office in Washington, D.C.
Moss holds a B.A. and an M.A. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
PBN: How do you think the New Faces of Engineering program is changing the way people look at the engineering profession?
MOSS: The program highlight[s] the ever-growing diversity of the field. Not only has the outward appearance of engineering changed, but also the types of careers that engineers pursue. Engineers today excel in a variety of positions from research and design to entrepreneurship and management in fields such as social media, medicine and aerospace. These wide varieties of career paths attract a diverse group of people and personalities that were not thought of as the typical engineer in the past. The New Faces of Engineering program emphasizes these diversities within the engineering field.
PBN: What does this mean for women?
MOSS: This program specifically shows women, especially those interested in math and science, that there are a variety of career opportunities available in the engineering field that can fit their individual skill sets and interests. It is this diverse range of career paths that I hope continues to attract more women to the engineering field, as engineering is the profession that helps to create and shape our world.
PBN: What led you to study mechanical engineering? Was this an interest you’ve fostered since childhood?
MOSS: I have been interested in the fields of math and science, from when I was a kid playing with puzzles and Legos. I was fortunate growing up to have two parents who always pushed me to succeed and never let me believe there was any limit to what I could achieve. Additionally, my high school math and science teachers pushed me beyond the standard curriculum, which increased my desire to work in a math and science field. When my older sister started to study computer engineering, it felt like the field had been opened to me. I realized my career options were nearly limitless with an engineering degree and decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. •