Mary Helen Wiedenfeld has been with Wood Group Mustang for 13 years and is a project manager/project engineer for our automation business unit.
"I've been with Wood Group Mustang since I graduated from Texas A&M University, and have done a variety of different projects within automation ever since. My first field assignment (which was probably my most adventurous to date) was helping start up a gas plant in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. I loved it because not only was it my first time to see a control system I’d help build be commissioned, but it was my first time in a third world country and my first time working with field techs and crews from all over the world.
"I truly enjoyed it. Since then I’ve had the chance to work on projects all over the US, St. Croix and I even moved to Singapore for a year, working on the ExxonMobil Parallel Train project. Now I can’t say my journey has been nothing but adventure and travel, but looking back I can't help but appreciate the opportunities I have had and the things I've done over my past 13 years at Wood Group Mustang.
"Over the years I've done quite an assortment of roles and projects, and I think through it all, being open to new and different opportunities (even if they don’t seem ideal at first sight) has allowed me to experience things that I wouldn’t change for anything."
The adventures Mary Helen has had as a part of Wood Group Mustang have transferred into her personal life. Most people don’t know that she hiked 320 miles across Spain, on a 1,000 year-old pilgrimage called the Camino.
Growing up Mary Helen credits her mom for keeping her interested in math and science: "Although I never had an exact career in mind, I always knew I wanted to do something in engineering."
That interest grew once she reached high school where a teacher helped inspire her to be who she is today. "I had a teacher in high school, Mr. Wiley, who taught me calculus, physics and computer science. He was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known; he had a Bachelors and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University and could have worked anywhere. He had a true passion for teaching and fostered my love for all those subjects and that joy for problem solving. It’s no coincidence that when I was looking at college degree options, I gravitated towards one that included calculus, physics and computer science." Her advice for women in a male-dominated field: "I think there is a lot we as women bring to the table, in our own feminine way. Work hard, but don’t be afraid to be yourself."