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Curiosity led MHS graduate into engineering field


Meredith Bell is manager of materials engineering at Emerson in Marshalltown. She is a 1999 Marshalltown High School graduate.

It’s safe to say Meredith Bell had an interest in how things work at a young age.

“My mom said when I was three I learned how to fix the vacuum,” Bell said. “I grew up curious on how things worked.”

That curiosity led the 1999 Marshalltown High School graduate to study engineering at Iowa State University.

She is currently manager of materials engineering at Emerson in Marshalltown. Her department supports the global valve manufacturer on material engineering concerns.

“It’s challenging and always something new and we are pretty passionate about it,” Bell said.

She is married to Kansas native and fellow Emerson engineer Brandon Bell and the couple has three young children.

Somehow amid a busy home and work life, Meredith also makes time to give back to the community. She is part of the Assistance League, the Fisher Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, is on committees for Iowa Valley Leadership and the police/fire building and is active in other church and civic organizations.

“Volunteering is a calling of mine,” she said. “I give back and help other people be successful in their endeavors.”

Bell said she had “a lot of great teachers” at Marshalltown High School who helped prepare her to handle the rigors of college. Her parents, Bob and Karen Berger, still live in town.

Bell said Marshalltown has a nice blend of small town charm and nearby amenities. She is also part of a group of young professionals who are helping shape the future of the community.

“I’m excited to see people stepping up again and revitalizing the town in a different and modern way,” Bell said.

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