Mary Braud

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Mary Baud works for FedEx making sure that the process of getting packages from point A to point B runs smoothly: that things start on time, that the right number of workers and hours are allocated, and that the right people are performing the necessary functions.

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Hi Linh, my first thought is why did you choose pre-nursing? What are your self-perceived skills that led you to the pre-nursing field? After that question is answered, the second question is what made you consider engineering, and specifically, industrial engineering? Choosing the path that you will walk down the rest of your life is a serious undertaking, and it’s important to know your own strengths and weaknesses before considering majors. With all that said, the first place I’d go look when considering engineering is your university’s Career Center. You’re nowhere near graduation, but you should know what jobs are out there in the field you’re looking into. What jobs are hiring IE’s? Read the job description, research the company (don’t get hung up on a salary), ask yourself if you could see yourself working in that company, etc. Then go talk to professors with field experience. Ask them why they chose the profession, ask them what interested them most about working in the industry, and ask them what they feel is the most important quality for an Industrial Engineer to have. As far as the course work, I’m sure you know it’s heavy math and science. It is demanding, and I’ve always thought it wasn’t so much the content that was important (you probably won’t use 50% of what you learn from the book), but it’s the problem solving skills you develop. You have to go into it knowing that it will be VERY difficult at times, but also knowing that you’re going to stick with it and persevere. I wish you the best of luck choosing your future. It’s limitless right now, so know your own heart first. 

While being good in mathematics can make engineering courses seem easier, the more important qualities are patience and problem solving skills. When looking at a difficult problem (math or otherwise), do you get frustrated and give up easily, or do you do whatever you need to do to figure it out?

Do you like challenges and figuring things out?

If so, then I would say GO FOR IT! Being good in math just shows that your brain can process numbers and concepts easily, it doesn’t mean that you are a good engineer. Just like being an engineer doesn’t mean that math comes easily.



Hi Madeline,

You are doing the right things by shadowing some practicing engineers. One positive thing is that most engineering fields share the same set of core classes in college, so the first two years of any engineering program will be close to the same, no matter which discipline you want to pursue.

One thing I did was once I got into college, I made appointments with all the heads of the different engineering departments that I was interested in. This included Civil, Industrial, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department heads. In my experience, most of the heads of the departments will have some ‘real life’ work experience, and my main two questions for them was, ‘Why did you choose this field?’ and ‘Why are you still excited to work in this field?’

Seeing as how you enjoy the psychology side of things already, I would guess that any job that involves human interaction, negotiating and navigating the relationship side of business is going to interest you. This can be found in any engineering field.

Each engineering discipline has unique characteristics that set it apart from the others. Civil engineering (traffic engineering falls under this) usually involves some type of creation/construction. Whether it’s buildings, bridges, or traffic signal patterns, civil engineering puts things together. Industrial engineering is process flow and improvement. This could involve anything from hospitals (think about how items move from supply room to operating room) to package flow (think UPS and FedEx). Mechanical engineering is more hands on, and involves making things work independently. Think elevators to airplane engines.

The best advice I can give you is to continue to seek people out who can share with you the pieces of their job they enjoy and don’t enjoy. Ask why they picked their profession/engineering discipline and see if any of their answers create an excitement in you.

Good luck with your senior year, and keep looking towards the future!


Dear Shrishti, IE is a very broad field with applications ranging from construction management (think hard hat) to supply chain design and management (think of how hospital supplies get from the supply room to all areas) to budget/productivity/efficiency analyses (what I do for FedEx). Many universities offer an Engineering Management Masters, so that may be something you wish to consider as well. Many companies will be unwilling to hire a recent graduate straight into management without any previous experience, so it will be wise for you to gain some experience through internships/work-study before you start applying for a full time job. If you are successful in getting a management type job after your Masters degree, you can probably expect a salary range between $70-$90k. Hope this helps! Thanks, Mary