Industrial and Systems Page

2016 - 2017

Failing

Kirsten Failing is a senior from Madison, Alabama. Along with pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, she is working towards a second major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in business to obtain a varied academic background. Kirsten was awarded the Tim Cook Annual Leadership Scholarship, which supports Auburn University ISE students in their undergraduate endeavors. At Auburn University she has participated in various engineering groups, such as IIE, the Auburn SAE Baja Team, and Alpha Pi Mu.

She is also active in the athletic side of Auburn student life, competing with AU’s Sailing Club team all over the Southeast and is a member of various intramural sport teams. For the 2016-2017 school year, Kirsten will be serving as Commodore for the Sailing Club.

Along with participating in student activities, Kirsten has worked for the university as a Peer-Career Advisor at the Career Center, a tutor at Study Partners, and a Competitive Sports Supervisor for the Athletic Department. Through her work, she has been able to support the Auburn Family by helping students in their academic ventures. Outside of school, Kirsten has volunteered at the Huntsville Public Library as an Administrative Assistant, as a mathematics tutor, and with the AU Sailing Club at various community events.

Kirsten completed an internship during the summer of 2015 at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as an Industrial Engineering Intern in Ocala, Florida. Through working on projects involving time standards, cost savings, and floor layouts, she has learned about the role of an industrial engineer in a production facility. Kirsten is returning for a second internship at Lockheed Martin’s facility where she will be working with the automated processes division of the manufacturing plant. When she returns to school in the fall, she will continue to strive to meet her academic goals while enjoying her final year as an Auburn Tiger.


christian-lioydChristian Lloyd is a senior in Industrial and Systems Engineering (IE) from Franklin, TN. Last year, Christian was a Joe Forehand Leadership Scholar and this year she is honored to be a Tim Cook Leadership Scholar. She is a member of both Alpha Phi Mu the Industrial Engineering Society and Tau Beta Pi the Engineering Honors Society, and has been named to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Dean’s List multiple times.

 Christian is currently interning with Walt Disney World’s Industrial Engineering department in Florida for the summer as one of 17 IE Interns. She is very excited to learn from the best of the best IE’s in the world. While she is extremely excited to work for a globally renowned company, this is not her first time interning. Over the past summer, Christian worked as an IT Intern with Aegis Healthcare Company in Brentwood, TN. Throughout her time at Aegis, she was able to experience various aspects of the world of Healthcare. Her experience at Aegis granted her the opportunity to act as Project Manager of their HIPAA Accreditation Team, to research, test, and choose new mapping/data visualization software, and to help with various IT tasks.

 Though academics are her main focus, Christian also carves out time to get involved with some on-campus organizations. Her favorite organization to be a part of this year was Student Recruiters. This organization allowed her to take part in one of her favorite pastimes, talking, while also being able to relay valuable Auburn knowledge to prospective Auburn students and parents. Christian has been a Student Recruiter for 2 years, and is looking forward to continuing her service to the University as the President of Student Recruiter throughout this Academic year. This year she is also a member of Auburn University’s MelAUdic - a coed a cappella choir. Over the past three years, Christian has been an active member of her social sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and served as VP of Risk Management on their Executive Committee. After her Freshman year, Christian served as a Camp War Eagle Parent Counselor and says that while Student Recruiters is her current favorite organization, nothing will ever top being Parent Counselor number 11 for Camp War Eagle 2014.

 Christian constantly strives to exemplify the standards written in the Auburn Creed, and truly believes that these principals can get you anywhere. She thanks her family, friends, and her Lord and Savior for all the love and support over the years – “I would not be where I am today without them.” Though she is sad to be entering her final year as an Auburn Student, Christian looks forward to “finishing strong” and making every moment count.

2015 - 2016

Glanton

Bess Glanton is senior from Carrollton, Georgia. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor society. Her involvement within the college includes serving as a Cupola Engineering Ambassador, 100 Women Strong Student Liaison, and a student member of Industrial Engineering Alumni Council. Outside of the college, Bess is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority where she serves as a freshman Bible study leader. She is also actively involved in Project Uplift where she has been a “big sister” for two years. On campus, Bess has been a member of leadership committees to help plan Auburn’s Big Event Community Service day and Auburn’s Dance Marathon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network.

Bess has had various Industrial Engineering internships during her summers between semesters at Auburn. Her interest in the field of study began her senior year in high school when she was a part of Southwire Engineering Academy, a junior internship program that exposed high schoolers to the various engineering and problem solving roles within one of the world’s leading wire manufacturing facilities. Bess interned summer 2013 also at Southwire in Carrollton, Georgia. During the summer of 2014, Bess was a process improvement intern for Milliken and Company working in their floor coverings facilities in Lagrange, Georgia. Bess saw a 25% reduction in off quality of her specific carpet line by the end of her summer internship. This summer, Bess is working in the advisory practice of KPMG in Atlanta, Georgia. She will be doing IT audit and assurance consulting for various clients in the area.

From the start of her career at Auburn, Bess has always known Industrial Engineering would be a challenging and rewarding degree to pursue. She credits the wonderful support offered within the college to her success in the department thus far. Bess is very excited to begin her senior year, and thanks to the generosity of Mr. Cook, she is one step closer to achieving her goal of becoming an Industrial Engineer.

Failing

Kirsten Failing is a junior from Madison, Alabama. Along with pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, she is working towards a second major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in business to obtain a varied academic background. Kirsten was awarded the Tim Cook Annual Leadership Scholarship, which supports Auburn University ISE students in their undergraduate endeavors. At Auburn University she participates in various engineering groups, including IIE, the Auburn SAE Baja Team, and Alpha Pi Mu.

She is also active in the athletic side of Auburn student life, competing with AU’s Sailing Club team all over the Southeast and is a member of various intramural sport teams. For the 2015-2016 school year, Kirsten will be serving as the Fundraising Administrative Officer for the student chapter of IIE and as the Senior Race Captain for the Sailing Club.

Along with participating in student activities, Kirsten works for the university as a Peer-Career Advisor at the Career Center, a tutor at Study Partners, and a Competitive Sports Supervisor for the Athletic Department. Through her work, she has been able to support the Auburn Family by helping students in their academic ventures. Outside of school, Kirsten has volunteered at the Huntsville Public Library as an Administrative Assistant, as a mathematics tutor, and with the AU Sailing Club at various community events.

Kirsten is spending the summer of 2015 working for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as an Industrial Engineering Intern in Ocala, Florida. Through working on projects involving time standards, cost savings, and floor layouts, she has learned about the role of an industrial engineer in a production facility. When she returns to school in the fall, she will continue to strive to meet her academic goals while enjoying her remaining two years as an Auburn Tiger.Along with participating in student activities, Kirsten works for the university as a Peer-Career Advisor at the Career Center, a tutor at Study Partners, and a Competitive Sports Supervisor for the Athletic Department. Through her work, she has been able to support the Auburn Family by helping students in their academic ventures. Outside of school, Kirsten has volunteered at the Huntsville Public Library as an Administrative Assistant, as a mathematics tutor, and with the AU Sailing Club at various community events.

2014 - 2015

ClaireClaire Schmidt is a junior from Daphne, Alabama. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and serves as the secretary of Cardinal Key Honor Society. She is also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta social sorority and serves as the Vice President of New Member Development. Claire is actively involved in St Michael's church at Auburn and also finds time for volunteering. She has participated in Auburn University's Big Event community service day, volunteers her time at Eastern Shore Rehabilitation and Health Center visiting the elderly, and teaches English to an Iraqi family through the Refugee Resettlement Program. She has served as a counselor for Auburn's Student Government Association's High School Leadership Conference both in 2012 and 2013.

Claire is currently employed at Private Gallery Inc., located in downtown Auburn. She works as a sales associate and also serves as the safety/ergonomics advisor for the team implementing her skills from her Industrial and Systems Engineering classes. She has been recognized as Sales Associate of the month various times and has contributed to increasing sales by 20% in February 2013. Through her work experience, Claire has learned how successful businesses are managed and, as a result, she has developed efficient techniques of checking in clothing and jewelry.
Claire is drawn to the problem-solving aspect of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She believes "it is a mindset that should be used not only by IE’s, but by every human being. If everyone saw the systems they encounter everyday as something they could improve, the world would quickly become a better place". She furthers her studies of Industrial and Systems Engineering in hopes of someday becoming an IE for hospitals to help them run more efficiently. She has seen firsthand through her father, a healthcare consultant, the immense satisfaction gained by working in this field. Claire states, "Being an IE for a hospital would directly affect the quality of life for its patients and, in turn, help many people regain their health." With the knowledge she has gained from Auburn University, Claire would love the opportunity to improve the quality of healthcare systems. Thanks to the vast generosity of Mr. Cook, Claire is one step closer to achieving her goal of being an Industrial Engineer in the healthcare setting.

Samantha Swords HeadshotSamantha Swords is a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama.  She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Samantha was selected for the Business-Engineering Technology program at Auburn and will begin Fall 2014.  She is also a member of Delta Zeta social sorority and currently serves as the Academic Assistant.  Samantha is involved in First Baptist Opelika church and enjoys volunteering at Joyland Daycare through Auburn’s IMPACT program. In addition to tutoring elementary students at Joyland, she has had opportunity to continue tutoring both high school and collegiate students in math and science during her time at Auburn.  Samantha has made the Dean’s List in both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.  She is actively involved in intramural sports, participating in sorority and co-rec flag football as well as sorority and co-rec basketball.

During the summer of 2013, Samantha is completing her first co-op rotation with Southern Company Services in Birmingham, AL.  She has become proficient in Tableau, a newly implemented reporting tool within Southern Company, and is serving as a Site Administrator for the Tableau server.  One of her current projects encompasses the conversion of the performance metrics for Alabama Power’s Plant Gaston from Excel to Tableau.  Samantha’s co-op experience has confirmed her desire to pursue her Industrial Engineering degree by illustrating the ‘real-world’ application of IE principles.
Samantha is looking forward to continuing her academic studies this fall at Auburn and utilizing those skills in future co-op rotations.  She and her family are truly grateful to Mr. Cook for his support of Auburn’s Industrial Engineering program and his generosity towards its students.  Samantha thanks Mr. Cook for the opportunity to further pursue her education at Auburn.

2013 - 2014

Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis is a junior from Trussville, Alabama. During her matriculation at Auburn, Megan has been a member and treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers, a member and secretary of Alpha Pi Mu, a member of Tau Peta Pi, a member of Phi Eta Sigma- National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a peer instructor for Success Strategies Class, and a member of the Learning Communities Activity Board.  She has made the Dean's List in Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013.

She volunteers at the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic and has enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to women and families in need.  Megan said, "I became trained as a client advocate this year. I will now be able to interact more with clients who come to Women’s Hope and share the love of Jesus with them. I find it so rewarding to encourage these young men and women who feel afraid and confused and share with them the hope and love that Jesus provides. This organization has taught me so much, and I feel that it has helped me become who I am today."

During the summer semester of 2013, she is completing her third co-op rotation at Noramco, Inc. in Athens, GA.  Megan's current projects include value stream mapping of the Quality Control Labs, implementation of sustainable Lean/5S projects, and releasing raw material tankers through testing with Near-Infrared technology rather than gas chromatography, which will result in significant time and money savings.  Megan said, “while working at Noramco, Inc. I learned first hand about the 

Megan is a well-rounded student who is excited about learning new skills that will serve her well in the future. She said, “it means so much to me as a student to know that Mr. Cook desires to help students pursue their dreams of attaining a degree in industrial engineering. My family and I will never forget Mr. Cook’s generosity and kindness.”importance of the reduction of human error and the need to increase efficiency in the Quality Control department. It was because of this experience that I realized my interest in pursuing a degree that would allow me to implement these principles in my career.”

2012 - 2013

LisaLisa Wethington is from The Woodlands, Texas. She is a senior and a second year Tim Cook Scholar. Lisa is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, President-elect of the Auburn Collegiate branch of IIE, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, and the Auburn Collegiate Lion’s Club.  Lisa participates in multiple forms of community service ranging from events at her church, Saint Michael’s, to helping out at Girl’s Ranch.  On campus Lisa is actively getting students to join and participate in the department’s professional society, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).  She led the development of the IIE Regional Conference in spring 2012 which was held at Auburn.

Lisa is a co-op student with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah, Georgia, spending most of her time learning Lean and layout design. She is also performing process analysis in the main Research and Development Labs for the Advanced Aircraft Program.  In her non co-op semesters Lisa is a tutor in engineering student services.

Lisa’s dream as an Auburn industrial and systems engineer is to create a positive impact in her hometown of Houston by applying ergonomics and efficiency into the heavily petroleum engineering influenced city.  Lisa explains, “I was born and raised in a city full of petroleum and mechanical engineers but had never met a single industrial engineer.  When I first heard of an engineering degree that focuses on the human factor and simulation I became very enthusiastic about the opportunities.”  This was when Lisa realized she had an opportunity to expand and bring the Auburn family and ideas back to her hometown.  Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Tim Cook, Lisa believes she is one step closer to being able to succeed in her dream of showing her hometown the Auburn spirit. 

 

Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis, who recently changed her major from Chemical Engineering to Industrial Engineering, is a junior from Trussville, Alabama. During her matriculation at Auburn, Megan has been a member and treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers, a member of Phi Eta Sigma- National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a peer instructor for Success Strategies Class, and a member of the Learning Communities Activity Board.  She volunteers at the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic and has enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to women and families in need. 

She has completed two co-op rotations at Noramco, Inc. in Athens, GA. Working in the Quality Control department, she was trained in the 5S and Lean/Six Sigma Programs and led the implementation of the Near Infrared (NIR) technology system as well as the reorganization of the Quality Control laboratories to increase productivity and efficiency.  Megan said, “while working at Noramco, Inc. I learned first hand about the importance of the reduction of human error and the need to increase efficiency in the Quality Control department.  It was because of this experience that I realized my interest in pursuing a degree that would allow me to implement these principles in my career.”

Megan is a well-rounded student who is excited about learning new skills that will serve her well in the future.  She said, “it means so much to me as a student to know that Mr. Cook desires to help students pursue their dreams of attaining a degree in industrial engineering.  My family and I will never forget Mr. Cook’s generosity and kindness.”

2011 - 2012

ColinColin Owens, a junior, is from Madison, AL. Since his freshman year, Colin has and continues to be actively involved with student organizations on Auburn’s campus including Tiger Tuesdays: Freshman Forum, SGA Director of Hey Day, UPC and was most recently named a member of the 2011-2012 War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen. Through being a part of all of these organizations Colin says, “I’ve learned a great deal from being in the classroom, but I’ve also learned an equal amount outside as well. By being a part of a good number of organizations on campus, I’ve truly learned what it means to find balance between academia and student life. I strongly encourage other students to give back to the university and surrounding community through whatever passion they might have and learn what it means to be a part of something greater than yourself.”

Not only does Colin serve on student organizations across campus, but he is also a member of the Alabama Power and Southern Company Academic Excellence Program (AEP) which aims to recruit and enhance the retention rate for minority engineering students at Auburn University. There he has been a mentee to upperclassmen by receiving tutoring for some of his engineering courses as well as useful and friendly advice on how to succeed within the College of Engineering. Now that Colin has gone on to his upper-level curriculum, he pays the generosity that was shown to him as a mentee forward by tutoring incoming freshman within AEP for their math courses.

Colin is honored to be the recipient of the Tim Cook Leadership Scholarship and grateful to Mr. Cook for this generous monetary assistance in furthering his education and pushing him one step closer in joining the 40,000 Samuel Ginn College of Engineering alumni. He goes on to say, “Mr. Cook is one of many alumni who continue to support the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering Department fully and I’m just one of many students who have been the beneficiaries from his and those like his unwavering support. My deepest thanks go out to Mr. Cook, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.”

2010 - 2011

BethanyBethany Adams, a student in the Auburn University Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, has been named the Tim Cook Leadership Scholar for the academic year of 2010 – 11. The scholarship was founded by Auburn ISE alumnus (BIE, 1982) Tim Cook, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Computer. The scholarship recognizes ISE students with significant academic achievements, strong evidence of non-academic university involvement and leadership and strong evidence of community involvement and commitment.

Bethany is a senior from Pace, FL. She is involved in Engineers Without Borders, where she has had the opportunity to tutor kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Math, Science, and Reading. She says of the experience, “I enjoyed the chance to use some of my math and reading abilities to help the kids improve in school. I really benefitted from the opportunity to help kids who are growing up in a much tougher environment than I did.”

Bethany also gained valuable experience as a co-op student for two semesters with Kaydon Filtration in LaGrange, GA and one semester with Taminco Methylamines in Pace, FL. During her time at Kaydon, she performed several tests on a new custom type of filter to ensure that the product would meet or exceed the customer’s specifications. She also made training presentations on coalescence and vacuum distillation filtration processes to train other employees. During her time at Taminco, she mainly investigated OPHR action items recommended by an OSHA hazard review and worked with the engineers to implement safer practices. Bethany says, “Though I’ve learned valuable engineering skills through my co-op experiences, I think I’ve gained the most from experiencing real work for myself. The decision to co-op has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Bethany is grateful for the time she has spent at Auburn University and to Tim Cook for providing this scholarship. After hearing his graduation speech in May 2010, she says, “Mr. Cook reminded me about the importance of thinking with your heart as well as your brain. Many of the professors and engineers I have learned from and worked with are people who do just that- they are smart, compassionate, full of character, and genuinely interested in helping others. This is the kind of person I strive to be also.” She says that her experiences and mentors have instilled in her the value of giving of yourself for the benefit of others.

2009 - 2010

Glassford

Mark William Glassford, a senior, is from the Birmingham area. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and the Alpha Mi Pu honor societies. Mark is very active with community service. He says “This past year I volunteered with the Big Event, Habitat for Humanity of Birmingham, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Storybook Farm through Impact, and went to Charleston on Spring Break with Impact to volunteer for a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. I enjoyed working on all of these projects, they were all gratifying experiences.”

Mark finished his co op experience with Tubular Products Company in Birmingham. He feels that he gained more confidence in himself and his ability to relate coursework to real-world application while at Tubular Products. He says, “In these tough economic times, I feel that it is especially necessary to distinguish and differentiate myself as a qualified, experienced, and capable engineer, and I believe this was one of the best ways to gain marketability for myself.”

 He is looking forward to his last round of courses during his senior year of industrial engineering. Upon graduation in May of 2010, he “would like to take the principles, ideas and methods of industrial engineering and utilize them to solve problems that trouble medical systems and educational systems. I want to use the tools I have learned to validate new ideas and help improve the quality of life for as many people as I can in as many ways as I can.”

Patrick

Sequoyah Patrick, a senior, is from Athens, AL. Sequoyah is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the AT&T Minority Engineering Program where she tutors incoming freshman and underclassmen in their science and math subjects. She is involved in various community service organizations and has worked as a volunteer at the Salvation Army, separating and hanging clothes, and at the East Alabama Food Bank, separating foods and other goods, cleaning and making food bundles for less fortunate families. On campus, she is a member of the Auburn University cheerleading squad which not only supports the team at the games but does many things within the Auburn community especially working with local elementary schools. She is also actively involved in Project Uplift mentoring a nine year old boy once a week to help him with his homework and says she wants to “lead him on the right path to good grades and to a better future that hopefully involves college.”

Sequoyah interned during 2009 with Eaton Corporation for the second summer in a row and worked on plant improvement processes and developing cost savings. She says of this past summer’s experience, “My project included documenting the preventive maintenance on the dies in order to come up with standard work for the employees, to help reduce setup times between die rotations, and to create a heijunca box in order to streamline workflow and processes.”

Sequoyah balances academics, community involvement, cheerleading, and her internship through hard work and dedication which she says are skills that she has learned or added to while attending Auburn University. She says, “I am greatly appreciative of being chosen for this scholarship and to Mr. Tim Cook for having it available in order to help me pursue my college dream.”

2008 - 2009

Mark

Mark William Glassford, a junior, is from the Birmingham area.  Mark is co op student with Tubular Products Company in Birmingham.  He says “I’m now on my third rotation at Tubular Products.  I am still responsible for tasks from my first work rotation, but my priorities are now focused on plant improvement processes. These processes include creating, revamping, and organizing plant-wide training courses.  I am also working with fellow employees to improve material flow and production documentation throughout the plant.  Lastly, I am involved with financial studies and cost-benefit analysis to determine new methods to produce parts at a lower cost.” 

On campus, Mark has been and is involved with the community through the Auburn University Impact program.  He received the Fall 2005 Outstanding Impact Member of the Semester Award.  The main organization he has worked with through Impact is the East Alabama Food Bank where his duties included separating foods and other goods, cleaning the Food Bank, organizing different types of food, and making food bundles.  Academically, he was recently inducted to Tau Beta Pi, Auburn’s elite engineering honor society, and to Alpha Pi Mu, which is industrial engineering’s honor society.  

Mark balances high academic achievements, co op work and community involvement.  He believes these are all integral to his goals for his time at Auburn University.  He says, “Upon completion of my college career, I will strive to find a calling utilizing the information, skills, and abilities which I have gained from Auburn University. The main focus of industrial engineering is to best coordinate all aspects of any workplace and fine tune all elements to work together harmoniously and most effectively. Through leadership, knowledge, and determination I aspire to accomplish and carry out the goals of industrial engineering to the best of my abilities. With the support from the Auburn Industrial and Systems Engineering staff, the support from my family, and the generosity from Mr. Tim Cook, I will continue to develop and hone my skills and aim to do my best wherever life takes me.” 

GentryGentry Suzanne Snider, a junior, is from Columbiana, AL.  Having completed two co-op terms with Freudenberg-NOK, an elastomeric seals company, Gentry worked in the quality department. When working for Freudenberg-NOK her duties included lean systems, document control, improvement of quality controls, employee training, product testing and correspondence. Gentry says that working for Freudenberg taught her how to work as a team as well as how to take orders from her manager.

Gentry believes that community service is important for the continued growth and well-being of a community and the people within that community.  Actively involved in community service in Auburn, Gentry has helped in the building of a shed for an HIV home, in painting a youth center, and by participating in the last two annual Big Events (community volunteer forums) which were hosted by Auburn University.   

Gentry is now the publicity chair for Tau Beta Pi, the leading engineering honor society which is also committed to community service.  She also holds the office of treasurer for Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society; and she has the position of webmaster for Delta Epsilon Iota, a general honor society.   Gentry is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.   

Also involved in student ministry, Gentry is a part of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and participates in several service projects a year.   The third oldest in a family of eleven children, Gentry learned the importance of working with others towards a common goal.  She has applied that training to other areas of her life.  Gentry is hopeful that being a leader today will prepare her for continued leadership positions during her lifetime.

2012 - 2013
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