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Virginia Tech student to appear on reality show

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Amy Elliott is back at Virginia Tech after taking seven weeks off last semester to be part of a reality TV show. "I would have never thought that I would be on a reality television show from the skills I've gained," she admit.

Her skills are in mechanical engineering. She's earning her doctorate right now. While she's not looking to be America's next idol, housewife or chef. Amy is aiming to be America's next great innovator through Discovery Channel's new series, The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius. If you thought engineering was boring, Amy and the nine other contestants being put to the challenge on the show, are out to teach you a thing or two.

"We have to keep this payload from exceeding a certain G-force," she explains with excitement. "So basically we... the deceleration as these two truck crash together. If we don't save this payload it explodes." That's just the first challenge. The eight part series will push 10 bright minds to the limit with seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Each week someone will be eliminated until one contestants is rewarded with a $50,000 prize and a dream job..

"It was just intense. The highs were really high, there were times that I was so happy like I programmed this machine to do what I want it to do. I'm like do my bidding machine, that's right. And then there were times where I was crying, sobbing in the corner like, I want to go home, this is awful." Amy isn't talking when it comes to the outcome but says the smart and quirky contestants show engineering is educational and entertaining.

"There will be plenty of drama. You'll be surprised how much drama engineers can stir up. It's not going to be a dry engineering show for sure," she laughed.

Amy is one of two females on the show and hopes to make engineering more approachable to young girls. "I hope that I can show them me in an engineering setting, just a normal girl that has fun and they can say hey I can do that too. I want to make it really approachable for them."

The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius airs May 1 at 10 p.m. On Discovery Channel.

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