Ashley is an Industrial Engineering senior at Penn State Behrend where she is also minoring in Operations and Supply Chain Management. She’s a Pittsburgh native and a member of the women’s varsity basketball team at Behrend.
Why she chose her major: I’ve always had an aptitude for math and science, but I associated engineering with doing hands-on fixing. On a visit to Penn State Behrend, I learned that industrial engineering is a field centered around efficiency and conceptual problem solving, and I knew it was the perfect fit for me.
Why she joined the WEC board: I saw it as an opportunity to share my unique perspective as a student and serve on a board with a lot of knowledgeable and talented women. I think sometimes there can be a disconnect between college-age students and those in the workforce. I’d like to help close that gap by offering my voice and encouraging other students to get involved, too.
Career goals: My favorite concept in industrial engineering is operations research. I see myself working as an operations manager in the future. In the short term, though, I’m planning to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in industrial engineering.
How she spends her free time: The Behrend women’s basketball team definitely keeps me busy during the semester. Additionally, I work as both a peer tutor and undergraduate research assistant on campus. I’m also actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Behrend Engineering Ambassadors, and Lion Ambassadors.
What she wishes every woman knew: As women, we often set high expectations for ourselves and the fear of failure can make us second-guess our choices in life. You should not be afraid to fail; you should try things yourself before being discouraged by someone else’s opinion or judgment. It’s better to try and fail than regret that you didn’t even try.
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