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Industrial Systems and Engineering Student Profile

Name: Gregory Pett
Anticipated Graduation Year:
2018


How and why did you choose your major?

I chose my major based on my strengths and interests. I wanted to be able to thrive in both a business and engineering environment, and I feel that Industrial and Systems Engineering is perfect for keeping my options open. I am also uncertain of what industry I want to work in when I leave school, so having a degree in a field that can be applied to many different types of organizations is ideal. I enjoy math, and the ISyE department gives me the opportunity to apply computational concepts to modern day companies that are changing the modern world.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

Industrial and Systems Engineering centers around applying mathematical concepts to solve industry problems, and to design efficient and effective systems. Courses rely heavily on optimization, statistics, and probability theory which I personally find incredibly interesting. People often associate Industrial Engineering solely with the manufacturing industry, but there are so many more applications of this major ranging from data analytics to designing healthcare systems. I would say that the major challenge with this major is that it covers a very wide variety of topics, and although I have really enjoyed a lot of my classes, most students hit one or two courses that they struggle to maintain interest in. I would highly recommend this major to anyone who is highly interested in the math that goes into business decisions, and wants to learn more about this field.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Outside of my major I have been involved in Engineering World Health and the Science and Engineering Student Board within the college of Science and Engineering. Being part of Engineering World Health has been great because it has allowed me to apply some of the concepts I have learned in classes to a student group that is focused on helping others. The Science and Engineering Student Board was a great way to meet other engineers who are willing to share what they are passionate about and to gain exposure to all of the opportunities offered within CSE. I am also interning at UnitedHealth Group this summer in a more analytics centric role.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

If I had to give one piece of advice to students interested in ISyE it would be to come into it with an open mind, and to really experience all of what the program has to offer. Being open to learning about and working within different industries has allowed me to get the most from my experience.

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