Jessica Rannow earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently is a District Operations Manager at AmericsourceBergen which is a pharmaceutical company and heavily involved with SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and is a past president.
Industrial engineering is about process improvement and every industry from banking to parametrical companies needs this and Jessica’s niche is in the distribution of products and has worked to design distribution facilities.
At business camp (what she was thinking in high school), most of the CEOs of companies coming to talk to them were engineers (not business majors) so she went and looked into Engineering and saw that Industrial was kind of a mix of Engineering and Business. There a so many different areas you can take Industrial Engineering.
In high school she was a straight A student but college calculus was challenging and thought she was going to have to drop out of engineering and become a gym teacher. Her mentor in college helped her through that, it’s ok to have a C in calculus and not have a 4.0 in college. Without that mentor-ship through SWE, she would have changed majors. When you get to college find a network of support regardless of your major.
On her first review at work, her manager wrote, not everything has to be perfect – spent too much time worrying about getting it 100% and many times 99.8% is probably just fine.
She recommends the book Wonder by R.J. Palacis.
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