Ann Bisantz
Dr. Ann Bisantz
Professor and Chair, University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
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  • Charlotte, Auckland

    Added Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    I'm currently an engineering student in New Zealand (studying Engineering Science- made up mainly of math, programming, optimisation and finance papers, and a number of electives from other fields). After being an intern in heavy engineering (Steel Mill) over the past few months this summer, I definitely feel that a career in heavy engineering is just not for me. What other areas would my engineering degree help me to break into? (e.g. a lot of people go into things like investment banking ...
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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Dear Charlotte,

    I am not completely familiar with the engineering science major in New Zealand but it appears you are taking some of the same courses that students in Industrial and Systems engineering take. our students work in many different courses - ...

  • Ally , Abbotsford

    Added Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I love math and science but I am still wondering if engineering is the right choice for me, because I did a wood working class in middle school, and drafting portion had to be the part that I least enjoyed. If drafting and designing is a big chunk of engineering, this may not be what I should go into.. If you can let me know if there is an aspect of engineering that doesn't involve drawing/drafting/coming up with creative and innovative designs for miraculous bridges and roads, that would be ...
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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Dear Ally,

    You ask a great question about what engineers really do, in school and on the job. The fact is that most engineers do not spend their time drawing and drafting - but that all engineers spend time coming up with innovative ideas to solve all ...

  • An'Tenesha, Auburn University Student asked Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo

    Added Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    My name is An'Tenesha and I'm a Freshman at Auburn University majoring in Chemical Engineering. I'm thinking about changing to industrial because of the stories I have heard about this major when dealing with cosmetics. I want to not only create cosmetic products but have my own cosmetic line. I was wondering if I should switch to industrial or stick with chemical? 
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  • D'Asia, Atlanta asked Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo

    Added Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Dear Ms. Bisantz, I am currently an undergraduate Biology major at Georgia State University and am considering changing my major to industrial engineering. I am considering this change due to my interests with the cosmetic and fashion industries. I am passionate about the math and science as well as the creativity embedded in the field of engineering and am looking to tie these passions towards a career in fashion. I recently read a post where an 8th grader asked questions about makeup which ...
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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Industrial Engineering could support manufacturing of cosmetics and potentially textiles; also IEs might work in the logistics of clothing inventory & shipping (e.g., how many jeans of each type should be made and shipped to stores around the world). ...

  • Scott, Sydney Australia asked Taneka Lawson, United States Postal Service

    Added Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hi, I am currently completing an assessment on industrial engineering. My task is to briefly outline in a 2 minute speech what industrial engineering is, the training processes needed, the impact of industrial engineering globaly and "describe and evaluate a real life case study of an industry project that a professional industrial engineer has been involved in". Can you give me any help? The case study part in Australia is proving most difficult. 'Do you know of any case studies in America or ...
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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM
    At least in the US, engineering schools differentiate between degrees in industrial engineering and mechanical engineering - they are not the same degree. Some people who are manufacturing engineers may have degrees in IE, or in ME, however. The ...
  • Adrienne, near Philadelphia asked Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    I'm in 8th grade and think I want to work with makeup and cosmetics industry. I was told that I have to study chemical engineering. I saw another post on this site that mentioned industrial engineering. What math and science courses should I reallly take in high school? is there a big difference bewtween these kinds of engineers ? what would my Major in college be? I am glad to find this site!
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    Ann Bisantz, University at Buffalo
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Hello I'm glad you are interested in industrial engineering. Industrial Engineers work in many industries to design better systems of people, machines, information, and energy - from helping design systems which make different kinds of products (such as ...