An engineer from the start
Nicole, a Chandler, Ariz. native, never considered any major but engineering. “Math and science has always been my thing,” she says.
In high school, she did research on the various branches of engineering and came to the conclusion that she liked “the organization and efficiency of engineering, and making processes work.”
Opportunities to get involved
As a student in ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College, Nicole thrived as an industrial engineering major. Her affinity for leadership and outreach reflected itself in the leadership roles she took on, including vice president and, later, president of the ASU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and vice president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers chapter.
Nicole says the best part about being a member of the Society of Women Engineers was “getting to watch young girls develop a love for engineering.” She has a passion for engineering related outreach and likes “to help bridge the gap and provide early exposure to children who do not come from families with an engineering background.”
Nicole also served on the board of directors for ASU’s annual Engineering Open House as director for volunteer recruitment for the event. She was also logistics specialist for the Engineering Student Council. In addition, she worked as a teaching assistant for Fulton Engineering’s growing online industrial engineering program, and three seasons as a skybox concierge during football games at ASU Sun Devil Stadium.
These activities helped to keep engineering fun for Nicole who says, “It’s important to remember that there is more to engineering than difficult midterms and the occasional all-nighter.”
Gaining work experience
All of these management experiences served her well in a year-and-a-half internship with U.S. Airways. There, she worked on a project to improve orientation and training for newly-hired employees. Another project involved development of an optimization program to provide the most efficient schedule for maintenance of aircraft components – a project that became the basis for her honors thesis.
“At ASU there is always an opportunity to develop and grow. This is something that has been absolutely invaluable during my time here,” says Nicole.
Amid the time-consuming endeavors outside the classroom, Nicole maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while putting herself in a position to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in just four years through the accelerated 4+1 program.
Upon graduation she chose to participate in Honeywell’s rotation program, an 18-month program that rotates recent engineering graduates through three six-month positions in different areas of the business, allowing her a high-level glimpse at how an international technology company operates.
Nicole says that the “interpersonal skills” she learned from participating in various organizations and outreach capacities are something she uses every day at Honeywell, as much or more than some of the skills presented in her engineering lectures. Engineering is more than lectures and lab work. Get involved.
“At ASU there is always an opportunity to develop and grow. This is something that has been absolutely invaluable during my time here.”