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Alumna Story: Roxanne Ramos Rodriguez, BSIE ’13

Current City:      Miami

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Right after graduation I became a full-time industrial engineer with AAR Aircraft Services Miami (AAR). This came about after I completed an internship at AAR. I also became a member of the board of directors for the Association of Cuban American Engineers.

What do you do for a living now? What does a typical work week look like for you?
I am currently the process improvement department manager for AAR Aircraft Services. A typical work week includes facilitating and executing continuous improvement projects. I am a key player in promoting lean process improvement, by leading the AAR Lean Green Belt Program and encouraging process thinking and problem-solving as part of our daily work to continue to be competitive in all aspects of our business. I am also attending graduate school to finish my master’s in business administration.

In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
The CoE provided me with the knowledge and tools to succeed in my career quickly. It gave me the opportunity to network with business leaders who mentored me.

Describe your most memorable moment as a student at the College of Engineering (CoE).
The most memorable moment I had while being a student at the CoE was when President Barack Obama was in our CoE building. It made me feel very special and proud to be part of the UM CoE.

What motivated you to support the College of Engineering?
Being able to be involved in the community and provide guidance to the incoming students with my experiences is what motivated me to support the CoE.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
I recommend networking as much as possible; it opens windows to internship and job opportunities. Also, be open to the possibilities that may come your way; you do not need to have a detailed plan. Be flexible, because life happens.

How would you describe the College of Engineering in seven words or less?
Successful engineers who bleed orange and green.

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