December 4, 2005Her job: Mechanical Engineer, Eastman Chemical Company
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I am an advanced mechanical engineer for Eastman Chemical Company. In my current management position, I serve as a general supervisor in one of Eastman's maintenance departments. I work with mechanics, operators, and other engineers to keep several chemical-making processes running reliably.
Why did you choose engineering?
When my father, a college professor and former Dean of Engineering, suggested that I might enjoy an engineering summer camp during the summer after my sophomore year in high school, I jumped at the chance to go. During this month-long camp at a local university, I learned about several different types of engineering and decided that mechanical engineering was for me.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. in mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Tech University M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
As young engineers advance up the career ladder in many major industries, it is common for them to be assigned to new positions every one or two years. This process exposes us to the many different areas of a business and allows us to learn quickly. As a general supervisor, this position is my fifth assignment in the seven years I have worked for Eastman Chemical Company.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
What I enjoy the most about my current position is that I get to work with a variety of people with different backgrounds and experience levels. I use my technical background to help make decisions that can affect the company's profitability.