Taneka Lawson
Taneka Lawson
Operations Industrial Engineer, United States Postal Service
Buffalo, NY

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  • What I Do
    I am an Operations Industrial Engineer. As an Operations Industrial Engineer I determine ways to improve operations at my facility.
  • Why 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.
  • School Days
    I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Buffalo.
  • My Day At Work
    Some tasks that I complete as an Operations Industrial Engineer are work flow analysis, layout changes, process improvements, and create process documents.
  • Best Part
    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.
  • Proud Moments
    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.
  • Dreams and Goals
    My short term goal is to complete a leadership development program. My long term goal is to complete my PhD.
  • Inspiration
    My mother had/has the greatest influences on my choices.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    There are different areas to study in engineering. Learn about each area and find which area suites you best.
  • Additional Thoughts
    There are different areas to study in engineering. Learn about each area and find which area suites you best.
Latest Questions
  • India asked Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service

    Added Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    What are some of the challenges of being an engineer? And do you have any hobbies or interests?
    Related to Industrial, Opportunities/Challenges for Women
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  • Sabryn, columbus asked Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service

    Added Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Why is industrial engineering a good field to do? What things do you like about it and not like? Why did you choose industrial engineering?
    Related to Engineering Branches, Industrial
    Answers 1
    Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service
    Answered Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I wanted to be a Industrial Engineer because I liked making changes.  As a Industrial Engineer in industry you are seen as a change agent.  You will be responsible for maintaining, enhancing, and evaluating systems.  If you enjoy making ...

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  • Scott, Sydney Australia asked Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service

    Added Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hi, I am currently completing an assessment on industrial engineering. My task is to briefly outline in a 2 minute speech what industrial engineering is, the training processes needed, the impact of industrial engineering globaly and "describe and evaluate a real life case study of an industry project that a professional industrial engineer has been involved in". Can you give me any help? The case study part in Australia is proving most difficult. 'Do you know of any case studies in America or ...
    Related to Industrial, Work Environment
    Answers 2
    Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service
    Answered Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I am not aware of any case studies within the past 5 years. Industrial Engineering is not Mechanical Engineering. I have seen industries that hire mechanical and industrial engineers as manufacturing engineers. I know that different schools offer new ...

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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM
    At least in the US, engineering schools differentiate between degrees in industrial engineering and mechanical engineering - they are not the same degree. Some people who are manufacturing engineers may have degrees in IE, or in ME, however. The ...Read More
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