Self-described "math nerd" Hannah Surber, who is female, has earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. What? Aeronautical engineering is a "very challenging discipline, particularly for a female student," as a professor at her school astutely points out.
How did this come to pass? Our first guess was that Surber, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was part of a female-led conspiracy to take over the aerospace engineering department and feminize it into futility. But only four out of 34 students getting their masters in aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle this year are female, notes the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Strange. At least women are still outnumbered.
If no sinister plot was afoot, then maybe Surber used her feminine wiles to get her boyfriend into doing all her homework for her? Apparently that's not the case, either:
Her fiance, Mike McCann, 22, of Elmira, N.Y., will also graduate Sunday with a bachelor's degree in applied meteorology. He was to be commissioned in the U.S. Air Force today and will be in pilot training near Pensacola. When he needed help in subjects like chemistry, he turned to Surber for help because "she did significantly better than I did," he said.
As it turns out, she's just smart.
Yi Zhao, the Embry-Riddle professor who helpfully reminds us how hard math and science is for women, explains that it often takes people five years just to finish undergrad aerospace engineering school. That Surber did both undergrad and grad in only four years "is a truly great achievement," he says, "particularly in an academic field traditionally dominated by male students."
In addition to being freakish and exotic, Spurber is also a former cheerleader who knows how to operate coin washing machines, the News-Journal notes.