What brought you to Auburn and to your major?
My parents, grandfathers, and uncles are all Auburn engineers, and growing up I heard them talk about the excellent foundation Auburn provided them for their careers. I definitely wanted to do my own research when deciding on a school, and I knew I wanted to major in some type of engineering. I had always loved computers, technology, and problem solving, and I thought some type of computer science or software engineering degree might be what I’d like to pursue. Wireless Engineering was new to Auburn at the time, and it immediately piqued my interest. I was fortunate enough to have received a Vodafone U.S. Foundation Wireless Engineering Scholarship, which solidified my decision to study Wireless Software Engineering. Attending Auburn was one of the best decisions I could have made!
Tell me your story about your path since graduation regarding your career?
One thing I loved about Wireless Software Engineering was how many options it opened up career-wise. I could pursue a career in telecommunications, or I could leverage the strong software engineering education I received for a career in software or technology. I chose to pursue software development opportunities immediately after graduation and have stayed mostly within technology in the financial services industry.
My first role after graduation was in software consulting. I loved this opportunity to grow my skills on different projects and work directly with clients. From there, I worked in software QA for several years. This allowed me to utilize my problem solving skills and help make software products better. My last two roles have allowed me to transition into management in hybrid business/technology roles.
I currently work for Fullsteam as the Director of Product Management and Portfolio Integration. In this role, I work with Fullsteam’s 25+ software company acquisitions to build our software products and integrate our acquisitions’ software into our products to support their customers’ payment processing needs. I have enjoyed being involved in business decisions of an organization while still remaining technical.
I am also pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Cyber Security Management through Auburn University’s Executive MBA program.
How did your Auburn engineering education prepare you for what you are doing now?
Auburn Engineering provided me with an excellent set of foundational skills that I have applied in all of my roles. From instilling a curiosity and passion for problem solving, to teaching fundamental industry level skills, I have always felt that my Auburn Engineering degree paved the way for my career.
In addition, outside of the classroom, my Auburn Engineering involvement, specifically with organizations like Cupola Engineering Ambassadors and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), taught me valuable networking and communication skills that I still use today.
What advice would you give students at Auburn?
Take advantage of the excellent support that Auburn Engineering provides through your advisor, mentors, or the Career Development and Corporate Relations office. Attend as many networking opportunities as you can, and start meeting company representatives as early as possible. Chances are, companies will send the same representatives each semester and they will remember you!
Even if you don’t know what you would like to do for a career, it’s 100% ok. Find an internship, work on a research project, or work on a personal project to figure out things that interest you.
What is your favorite Auburn memory or War Eagle moment?
The 2009 Auburn – West Virginia football game was a highlight. Please look up this game on YouTube if you haven’t seen it! During the game, a torrential downpour made its way over the stadium. Most of the stadium cleared out, but the student section remained in the stands the entire time. I attended the game with my (now) husband and our friends, and we had the best time singing with the rest of the students and waiting for the rain to pass. It was an experience I’ll never forget!