Priscilla Bennett

Priscilla B Bennett

Laclede Gas Company
O'Fallon, MO, United States
Priscilla Bennett
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Hi! I'm Priscilla and Manager of Tech Field Support. I've worked as an Industrial Engineer, Project Engineer, Logistics Engineer and Continuous Improvement Engineer. I'm always excited to share what I've learned and love how engineering has offered many opportunities to see and do so much more than I ever imagined! I'm actively involved with FIRST Robotics all the way up to the World Championship level and I love it! Don't ever stop learning or having fun while you work!
BSIE - Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM MSIE - Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
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Excellent question and I believe (from what you post), you've done some research!!  An Industrial Engineering degree will most certainly cross over and cover many of the areas you need for Systems Engineering careers (designing and managing engineering projects, logistics, project requirements management, metrics and evaluation measurements, work processes, optimizations and managing risks) - all things I love about IE.  You would also benefit from some Project Management certification as well, if the opportunity presents itself.  It will also be beneficial to know (or have some idea) what field you are interested in working (long term career goal) - such as aerospace, oil & gas, manufacturing, utility, government or local city/county civil engineering careers, chemical or research industry, agriculture...the list goes on and on!  Once you have some idea of what interests you most, some courses sprinkled in with your BS degree to get better acquainted with that particular language, process, history so you are a little more familiar and prepared to pursue an internship (before graduation) or jump right into a full-time position right after you graduate.  Sounds like you are headed in the right direction by asking questions, learning more and most certainly with your engineering degree goals!  I'm excited for you...and VERY excited you've chosen an engineering career!  I've always been glad I chose engineering - your college degree will make you very valuable and versatile in the constantly changing workplace! Continued success and I'm always available if you'd like more information!   -P

Hello Payton!  You have some GREAT questions and I'm thrilled that you're spending some time researching and learning as much as you can before you start your college education! I translate your "I'm only average with math" that you understand there is some math involved with ANY engineering degree and the "trick" to mastering math is practice. You will need to take and pass some calculus, linear algebra and differential equations and your science would also include some physics but don't forget you'd also want to include some Matlab or programming language courses, if they are available to you now. If you're committed to a degree, you can definitely pass your required math and science courses.  I failed an intro-civil engineering course and an advanced Calculus course the first go-round, but you can't quit and also note, sometimes those courses are used to "weed out" those who are not committed to the degree. You have to hang in there and focus! PRACTICE, group study sessions, committing to the homework and your own desire to an engineering degree are key to your success - the learning will happen if you're focused.  Environmental engineering is an exciting career and if you already have an interest in chemistry and biology along with working with water and all the processes we as humans need then I want you working as an environmental engineer!! Water treatment, analysis, sources, sampling, wastewater treatment, control systems...the list goes on and on that you'll want to also include an internship or work-study program to better inform yourself of what you prefer career-wise once you've completed your degree.  I'm wishing you GREAT success and hopefully I was able to answer your questions.  If not, please feel free to reach out again and we'll dig a little deeper and find you some more answers.  Never stop learning!!  -P