Jessye Talley

Jessye Talley

North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC, United States
Jessye Talley
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Jessye Bemley is a recent PhD grad that attended North Carolina A&T State University within the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. My research allows me to solve problems using mathematical models and simulations using computers. Some of my projects include: 1. A model that will determine the best amount of people and resources to respond to the Aids to Navigation after a hurricane. 2. Helping to develop a simulation to determine seaport productivity if disruptions or threats arise. 3. Developing model to calculate consumers sickness and death from food contamination events. Outside of engineering I love to do different sewing projects, crocheting, movies and traveling. Upon graduation I hope to teach at a university to encourage and be an example to girls to pursue STEM careers. I look forward to any questions you may have about engineering or life. Know that you can do anything you put your mind to.
PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2016 M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2011 B.S. Industrial Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2008
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Hello Kacey,

I am happy you are interested in Industrial engineering. Product development is really a fun area, especially because now you can get into 3D printing and things of that nature. To just start with the Masters maybe be possible depending on the program you go into, however, you will still have to take some courses at the undergraduate level to get those core classes. If you go with the bachelor's first it will help you get a better sense of the engineering side of things. Plus since you already have some classes from your art degree it should take a little less time. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

Hello Yetunde,

The great thing about engineering is that there are so many disciplines you can focus on just about anything. Some of them are Industrial & System, Electrical, Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Biomedical, Nuclear, Bioengineering, and Computer. 

Educational Requirements: A strong foundation in the math and sciences. It is also helpful to have go oral and written communication

I believe good engineers are really strong at problem solving and they do not mind trying different tools to get to an expected. No matter what discipline you choose you have the opportunity to go across the world and work for any number of companies. 

I hope this helps. Much success to you in your future endeavors.


Hello Nia,

I think it is awesome that you are interested in engineering. Classes you can take are in math(alegbra, calculus) and science (physics, chemistry). There are many different engineering disciplines I will list only a few of the main ones here ( chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial, civil). This website can give you a little more information on the different types . Also depending on the type of engineering discipline you would like to go into you see if your school offers classes in computers, electronics, cad design, mechanical design etc. 

To answer your second question about body modifications, it depends on where you work and your manager. Most jobs in corporate america for example might require you to cover up your tattoos or take out your nose ring because of the company culture. In manufacturing settings you might be ok but they make ask you to be careful when working with certain equipment on the floor. But many people are always happy to share their policies with you.

I hope this helps let me know if you have anymore questions.

Hello Nicole,

Most engineering programs have physics class you will have to take as a core class. I do not think you should let this deter you from going into engineering. With a little tutoring I think you will be fine in that class. I would encourage you to look at the different types of engineering to see what might fit your interests. I hope you this helps in your decision.

Hello Sabryn,

I cannot necessarily speak for Nuclear Engineering. But, I will begin by saying it depends on what you are interested in working on. Industrial Engineering focus on process improvement, efficiency and cost savings in simple terms. However, there are many areas you can focus on or learn about including: 

(1) manufacturing which is creating an actual product that you can eventually buy or sell, 

(2) human factors which deal with the impact of systems and a particular job on a human, 

(3) operations research which deals with solving problems with math and computer programs,

(4) design- creating facilities, products etc. efficiently using software that can draft or sketch, 

(5) are lots of classes dealing with determining the most cost efficient projects or products to use in your project. 

As, you can see there are many areas you can focus on which can allow you work in just about any field. I hope this helps with your selection. 

Hello Marie,

Human Factors studies systems or a specific job's impact on a human. You can work anywhere from a lab to a company. Since I am still in academia most of the research is done in a lab. Some projects I know of are finding ways to lessen the amount of injuries people get from handling baggage at airports, coming up with interfaces for websites and tools utilize by schools, companies etc., doing time studies to determine standards for different jobs. Below is a link to one of the professional organizations for this type of engineering. I encourage to check it out this way you can see more information about what people are doing in this field. 

Hello Rachel,

If you are ready for the challenge I say go for it! There are a lot of engineering disciplines that can utilize your design expertise. First, I would say look online to research the different engineering disciplines to see what might fit what you are looking for. Next, I would check out schools and move forward. I am currently a student in Industrial and System Engineering where we focus on process improvement, human computer interaction, product development, manufacturing, facility design etc. it allows you work on just about anything you can imagine. I hope you decide to do it! Hope this helps. 

Hello Miryam,

I say if engineering is something you really think you want to do stick with it! Make sure you reach out to people who can help you and talk with your teachers and let them know areas you may not understand more than likely you are not the only one who feels that way. Another alternative might be to change to a different engineering discipline that might be more aligned with your interest I am not sure what you are doing now. (i.e. Electrical, Industrial, Chemical, Computer, Biomedical, Civil, Environmental etc.)I can remember when I first started my engineering studies I struggle a lot with my studies and I felt like changing my major but I loved what I was working on I chose to stick with it and get the necessary help. What motivates me is to remember why I chose to get this degree in the first place. Some of those reasons are (1) I get to work on some interesting stuff (2) I get to travel and take trips to conferences and plants to see how they operate, (3) I get to help other people learn about engineering, (4) I get to help people with the research I participate in and (5) I get to mentor and talk with students to get them interested and keep them interested in the STEM fields. Again I say if its something you really want there is hope you just may have to work a little harder then everyone else but you will get through. I did and now I am currently working on my PhD. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Hello Cal,

I am not a biomedical engineer but, it is important to try to keep a high gpa in order to be competitive for internships and jobs in engineering. However, from my experience in undergrad it was very difficult to get a internship so I would suggest trying to look for research opportunities to get experience on your resume. Sometimes you can even do the research during the semester and receive a stipend. Try to find a professor that is working on something interesting. I too struggled with my core courses and had a difficult time as well but I am currently working on my PhD now and I love what I do. So reach out for help, and do your best, do not be discouraged with a little determination I know you will get through and do great things. I am rooting for you!


Hello Taylor,

Although I am not taking the path you are I believe the more knowledge you have about different things makes you more marketable. Industrial Engineering does have a lot of classes related to business. This type of engineering you do learn about making a product which is helpful in marketing a product. I think this will probably help you with what you feel you are missing by just doing marketing. I would just consider what your goals for when you finish school this may also make your answer easier. Hope this helps!

Hello Dasia,

It depends on your goals. In any engineering discipline you have to statistics classes but that will not be the focus. If you want to go in depth with statistics then I would do it has a BS. I think that starting off developing your thought process as an engineer earlier is better rather than later. I hope this helps. 

Hello Kirsten,

I am assuming you would like to stay local. Here are some options below

1. If you do not want to stay consider a program that may be outside of where you stay. This can be a great way to experience a new environment and there might be more resources.

2.Consider a System Engineering or Operations Management type program those are closely related to the field. Depending on what concentrations you liked within Industrial Engineering there could be other disciplines. Currently my focus is more Operations Research which is using mathematical modeling to solve problems. You can also do Manufacturing, Human Factors and Business side (i.e. cost analysis, Engineering Economy. 

Just take some time to see exactly what you want to focus on that would make it clear. I hope this helps if you have any other questions feel free to send another questions. 

Hello Jerrika,

I am so excited that you are interested in engineering. To aid in your decision I have put a couple of suggestions below.

1. First I would encourage you to write a list of pros and cons about each discipline to help you see what you are really passionate about.

2. For engineering know that you will use math and science a lot in all your classes so you must have some interest in those subjects which you have already mentioned. Know that anything you do takes hard work.

3. It is still possible to teach in engineering if you so desire. I am currently working on my PhD and after this I plan on becoming a Professor at a University. It is possible to teach with a M.S. degree at University as well it just depends on what you want to do. But, if you just want to teach elementary or high school then I encourage to find a subject you like and to take the education track.

**Just think what do I see myself doing for a long time that I am passionate about or love doing! Then you will find your answer! If you have anymore questions just ask.**

Hello Ms. Pinn

Your program sounds really fun I wish I had a chance to make some of those earrings I know they enjoyed it.

As far as advice, first I would tell them how proud I was they decided to participate in the program to learn more about STEM, and I would encourage them to go to more. It is important to take a lot of math and science, and if it seems too hard, do not be afraid to ask for help. STEM fields allow you be as creative as you desire to be. They also give you the ability to fix or improve problems or issue that you are passionate about in the world. Talk to people that may do the job you would like to pursue, and see if they could be your mentor. Know that you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to. Believe and go forth.

Hello Whitney,

I remember when I first started school in engineering its ok if you feel a little behind it will probably be some other people that feel the same way. The truth is you will be in a new environment learning new material it takes a while to adjust. With a lot of hardwork and perseverance you will do just fine. Just keep telling yourself I am capable and I can do it! Congratulations on your new adventure enjoy it!