Tell us about your Berkeley IEOR experience. What were some of the best memories you had here?
The late night study sessions at Kresge with my IEOR friends were unironically some of my favorite parts of not only IEOR, but my experience in Berkeley in general. You form a certain bond with people when helping each other understand IEOR concepts and study for you exams!
Why did you choose Berkeley IEOR?
As an out of state student from Illinois, I chose Berkeley IEOR because the program at Berkeley is one of the best industrial engineering programs in the world. I was also drawn to not only the people in IEOR, but in Berkeley as a whole. They are some of the smartest, most passionate, and ambitious people you will meet. Also, the weather is very nice!
What was your favorite IEOR class and why?
IEOR 150: Production Systems Analysis! It’s probably the most useful class I took going into industry since I work closely with manufacturing. Professor Yano was an amazing professor and I love that she gave us real life examples for the theories and techniques she presented in class. Tackling case studies was also a great way to navigate through reality’s nuances and helped me improve my critical thinking skills.
What are your post-graduation plans? How do you see your skills from IEOR being used in the future?
After graduating in December 2020, I began a two-year Global Purchasing & Supply Chain rotation program at General Motors. I use a lot of the concepts I learned from IEOR 150 and 153 since I work closely with materials allocation. I’m sure these classes will remain useful as I do my rotations in logistics and purchasing.
What advice do you have for younger IEOR students?
Find your community at Cal! There are great organizations on campus that will help you develop professionally, academically, and socially. These people will also push you to be the best version of yourself. I want to give a shoutout to the Society of Women Engineers at Berkeley for being that for me. I have the confidence to tackle industry and I’ve created life-long friendships in the process because of SWE.