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Bess Waters

What brought you to Auburn and to your major?
I am a fifth generation Auburn graduate, so when it came time to decide where to go to college, I followed in my family’s footsteps. I chose to major in INSY engineering after a high school work based learning internship that showed me the problem solving and business solutions that Industrial engineers create.

Tell me your story about your path since graduation regarding your career?
Since graduating from Auburn in 2016, I have worked full time for Southwire – the company that first introduced me to engineering during high school. I began as a traditional manufacturing industrial engineer in our Substation control cable and products plant. For the last three years, I have worked as an operations process manager for the business team developing an “Amazon Prime” type model for the wire and cable industry.

How did your Auburn engineering education prepare you for what you are doing now?
My Auburn engineering education prepared me to be a well-rounded business person. I joined the workforce with the tools needed to put my best foot forward from a technical perspective and soft skills required to be a leader in the office.

What advice would you give students at Auburn?
Put in the time and effort early on to attend career fairs, club meetings, and industry networking events. Use all of the available resources Auburn provides to best prepare yourself for life after college.

What is your favorite Auburn memory or War Eagle moment?
Attending the 2010 season national championship football game with my family.