Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Mary Braud's Dream Job

Ever wonder how a package sent out at 6 p.m. can arrive across the country by 8:30 a.m. the following morning?  Mary finds new and better ways of making this process possible.

Where she works
Mary works at FedEx Express in Orlando, Florida.

What she does
“At FedEx, we provide a service, which is getting your package from point A to point B. My job is to make sure that the whole process runs smoothly: that things start on time, that the right number of workers and hours are allocated, and that the right people are performing the necessary functions."

B.S. in industrial engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Favorite project
Mary’s senior project in college was to improve product flow between a hospital’s supply room and the operating room. “In a hospital, efficiency is crucial—they need it NOW. I had to figure out how to get the proper supplies to their destination as quickly as possible.”

A Disney moment
During an internship at Walt Disney World, Mary shadowed engineers who were building the Alien Encounter ride.

Job opportunities
“Industrial engineering opened a lot of doors, because all professions need productivity and efficiency, no matter what their objective is.”

Exploring her possibilities
During her senior year of college, Mary wondered if industrial engineering was the right career choice.  So she gathered information from the heads of every engineering discipline at LSU. “I looked at petroleum, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering and talked to people who had worked in these fields about their experiences. This was absolutely invaluable in helping me decide that industrial engineering was the right path for me.”

Running, reading, and serving as the assistant coach for her daughter’s cheerleading team.

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer
  • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Special fields and Interdisciplinary Engineer