Students majoring in industrial and systems engineering need to be good at managing multiple tasks and striving for continuous improvement, which makes Dora Delgadillo a perfect fit for the field.
Whether it is serving as an organizer and motivator in her role as captain of the NIU women’s tennis team, helping students with Spanish, physics and chemistry at the campus tutoring center, or tackling a challenging course load that includes classes such as probability for engineers and production operations research, she is constantly striving for perfection.
It’s a full schedule, but the 21-year-old senior finds it energizing. “I take my time doing what I’m doing now. I don’t worry about the next thing. When it’s time to study, I study; when it’s time to have fun, I have fun,” she says.
Her mix of leadership skills, analytical abilities and focus will serve her well in her chosen career as a quality assurance engineer, says Omar Ghrayeb, chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. It’s a challenging field, he says, and one that is often overlooked by students, particularly women.
“There is a perception that industrial engineering means working in a factory. Today, however, graduates from industrial and systems engineering programs are just as likely to find themselves working in a hospital trying to improve patient care, as they are to be on a factory floor tinkering with a production line,” says Ghrayeb. “There is a stereotype of engineering being the province of men, but Dora is a wonderful example that women can excel in the field.”
Delgadillo hopes so. As she heads into her final semester, she is looking forward to finding a job that focuses on quality control or supply chain issues.
“My time at NIU has been very busy,” she says. “But all of my engineering professors have been great, and I think I will leave well-prepared.”
- Joe King, NIU Public Affairs
- Photo by Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services