September 8, 2007Her job: Sherwin Alumina Company
Why did you choose engineering?
When I was 26, I found myself a single parent raising two young children on my own. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life working minimum-wage jobs, and I realized that I couldn't depend on other people to support me. A friend of mine was studying to become a chemical engineer and encouraged me to do the same. Chemistry and math were two of my favorite subjects in high school, so I decided to give it a try. I quit my job and depended on financial aid, scholarships, and grants to get me through college. It all paid off when I received my degree in chemical engineering and my job at Sherwin.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
I received my Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I decided to continue my education and enrolled in the Master's of Business Administration in Technology Management through the University of Phoenix.
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
I have to ensure that my area is running smoothly, and I troubleshoot when there are problems at the plant [where I work].
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
The day I received my degree, my children were extremely proud of me.