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Helen Tynes '22 is dedicated to STEM fields.

By Mike Zimmerman
Image by Christa Neu


Birmingham, Alabama native Helen Tynes ’22 is in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) program majoring in mechanical engineering and economics and also has the typical stuffed resume of the ambitious Lehigh student: an admissions tour guide, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, a 2021 recipient of the Bond Memorial Prize, and last but not possibly least, president of the Beekeeping Club.

Tynes brings a fresh and future-driven perspective as a woman dedicating her life to the STEM field, looking to leverage her combined science and economic education to pursue green technology. “I can pursue that in a mechanical engineering capacity while also understanding the economics that will be driving the industry,” she says.

With few women entering STEM fields, Tynes relishes the learning experience (“I’m not intimidated by a classroom full of men,” she says with a smile) and the opportunities she’s found at Lehigh. “The school has really given me a more focused perspective on everything. Lehigh is really good at using classwork as the foundation of a much larger education.”