Victoria Cummings
Victoria Cummings

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  • What I Do

    Currently, I am working as an intern at Dow Chemical in Texas. Essentially my primary responsibilities include real-time process optimization, troubleshooting, and improvement of a continuous plant production. Here at Dow Chemical my units end product is Methacrylate. Methacrylate can be used in Acrylic Polymers, Constructions, Plastic additives, electronic displays, coatings, floor polish finishes, and lubricant oil additives

  • Why Engineering?

     Starting off I honestly chose Engineering because I did not know what field I wanted to be in and all of my hobbies didnt seem to fit into an actual major that could make me financially stable after graduation.

  • School Days

     I currently attend Prairie View A&M University. PVAMU is an HBCU (Historically Black College/University)

  • My Day At Work

     As an engineer, you can choose which hours you would like to work. I choose to work 9/80. Which is 9 hours a day and I get every other Friday off.When I come into work I normally like to check my emails before meetings start.  I also check ASPEN which is a program used to check plant production.I have a daily meeting at 8:30 where I meet with operators, technical fellows, manager, and engineers and we go over any updates of the plant. After that meeting, I get with operators to make sure my unit is running properly. Our plant is the largest producer of our MMA in the world, with a total capacity of over 740 million pounds per year.

  • Best Part

     The best part about engineering is you dont sit at your desk all day. I also like that you are constantly thinking outside of the box. The main goal of engineering is always improving and making a difference. The bigger picture is Engineers get to change the world around us

  • Proud Moments

     My proudest moment is seeing my parents joyous smile because they are proud of me

  • Challenges

     Challenges I faced while in school were learning to balance my private life and studying. As an engineer, YOU HAVE TO STUDY or you will not do well or youll be a C student. Which is not good when you get into your sophomore and junior of college and want to start applying for internships. Another challenge is working in the industry and always being the youngest minority at work. You stick out like a sore thumb and everyone knows you are new so you automatically are watched. The good thing about that is it pushes you to challenge yourself at work everyday.

  • My Family

     My mom is a counselor and my dad is a SR Reliability Engineer. I have an older sister named Christie she graduated with her degree in Biology and now she's an entrepreneur. My grandma is a inorganic chemistry professor at Shaw University in North Carolina.

  • Dreams and Goals

     My short terms goals are Graduating Spring 2019,Start my own business,invest,Debut my acting career and be a blessing to someone everyday. My long term goals are Become a millionaire, get married and have a family, use my chemical engineering degree and presence to bridge the gap between intelligence and allure. A really big dream of mine is to become CEO at Nike and be on the big screen (movies).

  • Inspiration

    Oprah and my parents are my biggest inspiration

  • Want to be an Engineer?

     For anyone considering becoming an engineer, I would definitely say go for it if it is something you really want to do. There is a lot of opportunity and money out there waiting for you in the engineering field. Dont ever limit yourself. The industry needs more confident women in STEM. I would also say work on your study habits early because grades are everything when applying for internships and scholarships. Around your junior year, it gets harder to increase your GPA if you already started your freshman and sophomore year off poorly. So start early with making good grades! I would also say dont EVER EVER EVER be afraid EVER and always have confidence in yourself. Ask as many questions as you can and always think outside the box! Surround yourself with other thinkers and engineers. Also, learn to make time for yourself .You only get one body so take care of it. If youre not getting enough sleep or not eating healthy its really hard for your body to develop good energy to boost your thinking skills.

  • Additional Thoughts

    Outside of engineering, I like to model! I also enjoy traveling, listening to Trap music ^_^  & old school r&b/jazz, hiking, hot yoga, shopping, collecting Cosmopolitan magazines and reading self-improvement books

  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?

    Any questions at all I am here to help! Good luck to all of you ladies you were born to do great!

Biography
Victoria is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at Prairie View A&M University. She is studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Bioengineering. She has completed undergraduate research on Polymer Science at Princeton University. Victoria has also studied abroad in Jinan, China taking Electrical Engineering courses at the University of Jinan. She's also completed 3 Internships with The Boeing Company where she worked in Boeing Research & Technology group working on future aerospace technology. She is currently working as an intern at Dow Chemical where she is a run plant engineer. Upon her completion of working at Dow's Chemical Plant, she will be moving to Oregon to work as a Nike Air Manufacturing Chemical engineer intern with Nike Inc. Her goal is to inspire women and bridge the gap between intelligence and allure. With knowledge in courses from material science, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, C++, python, Project Management, and her relevant technical background experience she is moving onward and upward, eager to leave an impact on the engineering industry and empower every person she crosses paths with. Feel free to leave any questions for her she would be happy to help!
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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.