STEMM Idol Speaker Beth Hart

Beth Hart has worked at the University of Dayton for more than 10 years as an academic advisor and a professor in the university’s School of Engineering. Her duties include advising first-year students, organizing the Summer Honors Engineering camp and Women in Engineering (WIE) summer camp for high school students, and helping with undergraduate freshmen and sophomore seminars.

On November 14, 2011, Beth talked with CJ students about the wide variety of college and career opportunities available to those interested in engineering. Hart, a UD alumnae holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering, described her experiences working as a chemical engineer and senior production manager at H.B. Fuller. She assisted in designing and perfecting the pink adhesive that is used to seal bags of M&M's candy.

Since returning to UD in the summer of 2001, Hart has utilized her expertise in the field by teaching and advising students in the department of chemical and materials engineering. Before choosing an area of specializaiton, she recommends that all undergraduates choose from one of the four pillar engineering disciplines – chemical, civil, electrical/computer, or mechanical. According to Hart, students who graduate with an engineering degree can pursue several future career paths and are very desirable candidates for graduate schools with medical and veterinarian programs.

During her homeroom presentations, Hart also talked with CJ students about the challenges many face when transitioning from high school to college. She highlighted some support mechanisms in place at UD such as learning communities, tutoring and co-op programs and outlined how these supports can keep students successful in the classroom and during their hunt to find jobs after graduation.

With questions about UD’s engineering program, students can contact professor Hart at 937.229.2627 or via email at