Spotlight on Engineering Alumni: Bridget (Baran) Ward

baran(ward)Name: Bridget (Baran) Ward ’05

Education (UR and additional): BS (Mechanical Engineering), University of Rochester, 2005; MS (Mechanical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current city/state of residence: Tewksbury, MA

Job Title:  Project Engineer

Employer:  Weir Power and Industrial

Family:  Married

Community activities:  Participate in the MMO which is an organization founded for a friend that died of cancer.


Why did you choose to attend the University of Rochester?

The moment I arrived on campus to visit it just felt right, I loved the campus and the people I met, I knew that I belonged there. 

When and how did you choose your major?

I chose mechanical engineering during orientation week freshman year.  I described my love for math to one of the engineering professors and he said; “Why don’t you try mechanical engineering?”  So I did and it was a perfect fit!

What activities were you involved in as a student and what did you gain from them?

I played varsity softball for four years and it was a wonderful experience.  I made some incredibly strong friendships and learned a lot about hard work, determination, and leadership.

What did you do immediately after graduation? How did you decide to take that path?

I went to graduate school for a master’s degree.  I decided on that path because unlike a lot of my classmates I was not “burnt-out”; I was upset to be leaving the schooling environment, so I didn’t!

How are you still connected with the University?

I get newsletters and mailings from the engineering school and athletic department and the university itself. I attend alumni events in the Boston area where I currently live.  I attend Meliora Week every few years and I give back to the University every year.

What advice do you have for current students?

Give it your all, no doubt it will be hard in the moment and at times you won’t want to, but in the end, it will be worth it.  That goes for work and play!!