Anna is currently a senior undergraduate student interning at Lockheed Missile and Fire Control as a Supply Chain Analyst. Anna is also involved on campus where she is the President of the Vegan Club, Social Chair for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a member of Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Among numerous other accolades, Anna was recently awarded the Academic Enhancement Scholarship by UTA, the GT Stevens Scholarship by the IE department, and the Presidential Scholarship for 3 consecutive years by UTA. With all that, she still finds time to cook vegan meals with her sister and develop Photoshop marketing ads for her organizations for which she won an award for best advertisements on campus last semester!
Dr. Sheik Imrhan
Human performance analysis with computer sensor interfacing technology
*Human Factors/Ergonomics with Statistical Analysis (strong performance in IE 3314, 4310, & 4344 req.)
Contact Dr. Imrhan, Woolf Hall, RM 420Q
INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS
Your Tier 1 Career Potential
By Kristopher Leonhardt
Back in 2010, the University of Texas Arlington aggressively began its push to vie for Tier 1 status. Currently, only three universities in Texas have achieved this, UT Austin, Texas A&M, and Rice. Our current president, Vistasp Karbhari, has reiterated this sentiment for 2013 and continues to stress the importance of such an achievement.
So why should this concern you, the student?
Recently, I posed the question of why research should be a viable option for undergraduates with relation to traditional internships. Dr. Erick Jones of our I.E. Department currently directs RAID Labs which researches future integration of RFID technology within various facets of industry and has championed in winning grants and awards totaling over $3.7 million from various government agencies, hence, I was inclined to gain his insight.
There are two styles of teaching at the university level that have emerged: book based learning which focuses mainly on mastering established knowledge and ideas from past standardized industry practices; and then the Socratic Method, which finds its roots in the scientific method for constant discovery to utilize past ideas but emphasizes pushing students to develop new solutions for tomorrow. Research fosters a competitive spirit which advocates wanting to be on the cutting edge and be the first to make those discoveries. Having a faculty that is entrenched in being those pioneers allows them to not only develop our engineering foundations, but push us to begin thinking about those new ideas and technologies that they have incorporated in their labs today.
The reason why students should consider research is a matter of application of your foundational knowledge to develop new solutions. Granted, this is possible through traditional internships, it is not a guarantee. Along with this, you will learn a multitude of skills which will directly enhance your stock upon graduation, such as: statistical analysis experience, developing system design layouts, discovering problem correlations, benchmarking previous research for future investigation, identification of research funding opportunities (grants and proposals), exposure to industrial equipment, utilization of simulation and linear programming, and growth of the entrepreneurship mentality.
Ultimately, this means that you are exposing yourself to the innovations of tomorrow that foster change and opportunity instead of potentially confining yourself to the limits of a status quo. As Dr. Jones aptly puts it, “Labs teach where the industry is or will be leading”. Gaining these experiences gives you that leg up against the competition that future employers are desperately seeking. So, as you are aggressively hunting for internships to further your career, remember, there is a very viable option at the door steps of the very department you are within. You just need to take advantage of it.
Special thanks to Dr. Erick Jones for sharing his insight and experience.
Institute of Industrial Engineers
UT Arlington Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
December 4th, 12-1pm
@ Woolf Hall 404. Come join us for the end of the year event for ice cream and hot chocolate. There will also be a "white elephant" gift exchange. If you would like to participate, bring a wrapped gift to exchange. The limit is $10 for new gift items.