Mary Dickman is a fifth-year engineering student at the University of Cincinnati, scheduled to graduate in May 2020.  She is in UC’s ACCEND program, which allows students to obtain their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously over five years.  As a result, she will graduate with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.

Mary and her teammates are working on the Convertible Scooter Cover Challenge for our Challenger, a Vietnam veteran.  Mike has sun sensitivity and has a motorized scooter to help him get around.  Mike asked for a convertible cover for his scooter that would shield him from the sun and would allow him to extend the cover with the touch of a button.
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Why did you choose your major?  I chose my major because I enjoy math and physics, and am interested in the application of those topics to analyze and create in the world around me.  I was involved in several engineering clubs in high school, which solidified my decision to pursue mechanical engineering.

Describe your experience working with QL+ so far.  I am enjoying my experience working with QL+.  I find it rewarding to do something that can have a positive impact on someone’s life.  While parts of the design and manufacturing of our final product are challenging at times, QL+ gives me the chance to improve and apply the skills that I am learning in my studies to design and build a product that benefits my team’s Challenger.

What is it like working with your Challenger?  It has been great to work with my Challenger – he has been very welcoming, helpful, and supportive of my team’s work. Through this experience, I learned how to tie together skills and knowledge from various classes/experiences in order to deliver a single product.

What would you say to other students about QL+?
 Working with QL+ for my senior design project has been a great opportunity.  QL+ gives students the chance to design, test, and build a product that will have a direct impact on a specific individual.  Along the way, students have the opportunity to meet the Challenger(s) whom they are helping and gain a more personal connection to their design project.
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What are your plans after graduation?
  I have accepted a job in aircraft design and analysis at GE Aviation for after graduation.

What has been the proudest moment of your college career?  The proudest moment of my college career is completing five co-op semesters and undergraduate coursework while balancing extra courses in order to obtain my bachelor's and master's degrees through UC’s ACCEND program.

What three words best describe you? Hardworking, compassionate, thorough.