From Engineering to Volleyball, Meg Riley Does it All

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Meg Riley is a senior mechanical engineering major that is passionate about her work both in and outside of the classroom. She has been on the Dean's List every semester of college as well as playing on Miami’s Division I Varsity Volleyball team.

She played volleyball in high school, and was recruited her junior year of high school to play for Miami’s team. After graduating, Meg wants to play volleyball overseas.

Meg wrote a proposal for her senior capstone and received a $10,000 grant from the Air Force Research Lab to develop an engine air particle separator for unmanned aerial vehicles. The device goes on the front of an engine to keep out dust and ensure the engine doesn’t fail. She designed the device using additive manufacturing and presented it at the Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium Conference.

Her time as Vice President of the MME Student Leadership Council (SLC) has been particularly valuable to the MME Department. She helps plan activities that bring students, faculty, and alumni alike together. Additionally, she also served on the MME Faculty Search Committee, and was the only student and only female involved in the process.

Meg’s advice to incoming students is simple. “Every single person here is approachable and wants to help you succeed, and if you want to do something, then go for it, don’t let anything hold you back…It’s worth it, there’s a lot of opportunities here,” she said.

Meg will be the 2015 College of Engineering and Computing Recognition Ceremony student speaker. The event is on Saturday, May 16, at the Goggin Ice Arena. 

Written by Sarah Mattina, student communications assistant