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Hypersonic flight expert to lecture in honor of Engineering Week

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 21, 2005) -- In honor of National Engineering Week, the Ohio University student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is sponsoring a public lecture by Lt. Col. Mary E. (Lyn) McNeely, hypersonic flight test team director at Edwards Air Force Base in California. McNeely's free lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Stocker Center 103 on Ohio University's Athens campus.

The lecture, "Flight Test Engineering as a Career," will cover flight test engineering as a career field, as well as selected hypersonic flight test projects. The SWE chapter is affiliated with the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Much of McNeely's career has involved testing aircraft and aircraft systems. An experienced flight test engineer, she has flown 35 different aircraft, amassing more than 900 hours of flight time. During her 18-year career in the Air Force, she has held analyst, liaison officer, flight test engineer, flight commander, operations officer and director positions.

She is a graduate of Clemson University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Air Force Test Pilot School and the Defense Systems Management College.

Refreshments will be provided after the lecture by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

SWE's mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrate the value of diversity. For more information, visit www.swe.org.

ASCE endeavors to encourage the professional and personal development of students enrolled in civil engineering. For more information, visit www.asce.org.  

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