January 5, 2011Her job: Operations Industrial Engineer, United States Postal Service
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I am an Operations Industrial Engineer. As an Operations Industrial Engineer I determine ways to improve operations at my facility.
Why did you choose engineering?
My guidance counselor and high school teacher told me that I would excel as an engineer. In addition, I did well in math in science at school.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Buffalo.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
Some tasks that I complete as an Operations Industrial Engineer are work flow analysis, layout changes, process improvements, and create process documents.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
I enjoy completing new projects and working with people in different departments. While completing process improvements projects, I have to work with union, maintenance, and other plant support employees.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I am the first woman in my family to obtain an engineering degree. After completing my degrees in engineering, I advised my cousin to pursue a degree in engineering. She graduated from the University of Syracuse with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
My short term goal is to complete a leadership development program. My long term goal is to complete my PhD.
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My mother had/has the greatest influences on my choices.
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
There are different areas to study in engineering. Learn about each area and find which area suites you best.