Meet the Faculty: Mary Beth Meyer
Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Aided Design
Year Joined CCAC
Full time, 2014
Courses Currently Teaching
All Engineering Design & Drawing (EDD) courses
Site Plan Drafting
Site Plan Development
Most Memorable CCAC Experience
Each Commencement ceremony, seven to date. Even though the past two ceremonies were virtual, I am inspired by each and every graduate's smile, enthusiasm and the support they receive from their families and friends. The greatest gift a former student can give one of their professors is a "just checking in and updating my status" report, whether it be progress or a setback of life's key events.
Why I Teach What I Teach
One of my most played with toys as a child was the Etch A Sketch, and I think the fact I was beginning my career just when manual drafting was changing over to CAD gave me an opportunity to learn and develop a skill that became high in demand. Thirty-seven years later, I feel fortunate to be able to pass along my passion for architectural beauty and the mechanical workings of machines through CAD drawings. I ask my students to consider themselves artists and to imagine their drawings as pieces of technical and accurate artwork.
Something People Might Not Know About Me
Most of my students know that I really like hot air balloons. I'm sort of a "groupie," traveling to launch events because I think they are so majestic in their size, color and even odd shapes, such as the Klondike polar bear, Planter's Mr. Peanut and Wells Fargo stage coach. I took a balloon flight once, but mainly I enjoy watching and taking pictures of them floating away peacefully into the blue sky on a calm morning or evening.
Here are two of my many favorite and inspirational quotes:
"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." -Abigail Adams
"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." -Lloyd Alexander