Mary Braud
Mary Braud
FedEx Express
LA

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  • 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].
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    ndustrial engineering opened a lot of doors, because all professions need productivity and efficiency, no matter what their objective is.
Biography

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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Latest Questions
  • Linh, Manhattan, KS

    Added Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Hi, I'm currently majoring in Pre-nursing and a freshman at KSU. However, I'm interested in engineering field such as Industrial engineering and I'm supposed to switch my major into it. I don't know if engineering is for me or not since I only have experience and knowledge about art and science field. What should I do now to know if I can work well in engineering or not? I tried to talk with some advisers and it did not seem to help me much. Thank you
    Answers 1
    Mary Braud, FedEx Express
    Answered Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    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, ...

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  • Phoebe, Batac City

    Added Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Do you recommend students that are not good in mathematics to take engineering courses in the future?
    Answers 1
    Mary Braud, FedEx Express
    Answered Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    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 ...

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  • Madeline, Bend Oregon

    Added Monday, August 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Hey I am going to be a senior at bend senior high school in bend oregon. i have been interested in engineering since I was a freshman. I have taken most of the engineering classes offered at my high school plus IB HL physics and the highest math classes (calculus). but I also like psychology. I was wondering what fields of engineering have to do with psychology. over the last year I did some engineering job shadows and i really enjoyed traffic engineering. I just wanted to know what advice you ...
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    Mary Braud, FedEx Express
    Answered Monday, August 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    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 ...

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