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Abigail Werner

Meet Abigail

Throughout my college career, I’ve often been asked about my ‘why’: Why I chose industrial engineering, why I chose UTA, and other similar questions.

There are a lot of things in this world that interest me and it can be hard narrowing it down to one thing when you enter college. I put a lot of thought into what I wanted to do, and I remember the exact moment I knew I wanted to be an IE. My community college hosted an event that allowed students to get an insight into different STEM majors. I attended the IE presentation, and it resonated with me. A few of the things that were mentioned still stand out: IEs are the people’s engineers; almost every company needs or can benefit from an IE; and it is easier for IEs to transition into management positions because of our strong business background. I enjoy change and learning about different topics, so I knew this major was the right fit for me and my goals.

UTA has given me a plethora of opportunities for which I am grateful. It is located in the heart of one of the biggest metropolitan areas in Texas, making it great for job searches and networking. Because of the amazing faculty and staff, resources offered, and the IE program as a whole, UTA has given me the confidence to constantly challenge myself in new ways. This semester, I was elected president of the UTA chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and accepted an undergraduate research position with Dr. Deb in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department. When I graduate, I would love to end up in the aviation industry, but I know that the options are endless! I truly believe that if I were going through this program at another school, I would not have the assurance in myself that I do here.

I am extremely honored to be a part of the Maverick family, and I have no doubt in any of my education-based decisions. I hope to inspire more women to choose this profession and take pivotal roles in the future of engineering.