Allison Winek

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allie-winekI am third year Industrial Engineering student here at UW-Madison. I came here at the beginning of my college career unsure of what I really wanted to study. I knew engineering was a good fit, but it took me awhile to figure out exactly which discipline was right for me. After some help from my academic advisor and some exploration on my own during my first two years, I reached the decision to study Industrial Engineering. I didn’t know what Industrial Engineering was until I got to college, and it turned out to be a perfect fit.

I really believe that college is what you make of it, so I try to take advantage of every opportunity I can while I’m here. I’ve been very involved with two student organizations, Society of Women Engineers and Engineering EXPO. Those organizations have made a huge positive impact on my college experience. I’ve met some incredible people and learned skills I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I also spent this past summer working as a peer advisor at SOAR. It was a great experience getting to interact with the future College of Engineering students. I’m also an ambassador for the College of Engineering, so I get to share my love for both UW-Madison and engineering with prospective students every week! When I’m not busy, I enjoy exploring Madison, trying new restaurants (or food trucks), watching a Badger football games, or going for a bike ride along Lake Mendota!

After graduation, I hope to get a full-time engineering position with a large company. I think a large company would be a good fit for me since there is room to move around and try different roles within the company. I am specifically interested in production engineering, quality engineering, and supply chain management. I’ll be on a co-op next semester with Cargill, which I am incredibly excited for. I know this experience will help me realize my job interests and how I can make a difference in the world with my career.