When it came time for Mary Hesler — a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy — to choose a master’s degree program, she needed an option that would not slow her down.
In more than nine years of service, the accomplished helicopter pilot has already journeyed throughout the country and far beyond.
She has bounced between five states since graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009. Her first semester at NC State even included a stop in Mungyeong, South Korea, where she competed as a member of the United States’ sailing team during the sixth-annual Military World Games.
This December, earning her master’s degree in aerospace engineering from NC State marks another milestone in a fast-paced career.