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menardNoel Menard
Product Test & Evaluation Engineer
John Deere Waterloo Works
Cedar Falls, Iowa
BS, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Noel Menard excels at breaking things. "I try to break things so that the customers that purchase our machines don't," she explains. As a product test and evaluation engineer, Menard sees herself as the voice of the customer, ensuring products will work when and how they are needed in the field. Interaction with the customers is one of the things she loves about her work. "By far the best part of my job is being able to work with our customers and my coworkers to deliver the best products that we can." Every day is different," she says, and often presents problems for which there are no easy answers.

Menard's enthusiasm for her work spills over to volunteer activities, particularly in STEM outreach, through which she promotes engineering careers and offers support to other women in engineering. Her work with a mentoring program has been particularly rewarding. "It's great to be able to be a positive influence on a young person's life and give them the courage and reassurance that they need to succeed."

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