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.
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.