September 8, 2007Her job: FedEx Express
Why did you choose engineering?
I looked at petroleum, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering and talked to people who had worked in these fields about their experiences. This was absolutely invaluable in helping me decide that industrial engineering was the right path for me.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
B.S. in industrial engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
At FedEx, we provide a service, which is getting your package from point A to point B. My job is to make sure that the whole process 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.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
Industrial engineering opened a lot of doors, because all professions need productivity and efficiency, no matter what their objective is.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
In a hospital, efficiency is crucial—they need it NOW. I had to figure out how to get the proper supplies to their destination as quickly as possible [for my senior project in college].