UB alumna Annika Samuels earned her BS degree in industrial engineering in 2003, and her MBA in 2006. She is currently the director of diversity and inclusion at National Fuel Gas Company. She shared her thoughts with us about her time at UB.
I chose UB because they had a reputable industrial engineering department and I wanted to pursue a career that would utilize my math and analytical skills while helping people. I was always intrigued by ergonomics, facility design, and methods to create efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information and energy to make a product or provide a service.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Cora P. Maloney programs such as Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) were an integral part of my collegiate experience. My study buddies who later became my lifelong friends were all made through countless hours together during these programs. These friends are my engineering colleagues and family.
As the director of diversity and inclusion at National Fuel, I champion the development of the company’s initiatives in diversifying the employee group, supplier group, and internal and external communication.
Engineering taught me great problem solving skills and how to examine processes for improvement. In my current role, it is critical that we measure the effectiveness of our initiatives in a quantitative and qualitative manner so that we can achieve the results that we are hoping for.
Connect with your professors, alumni, your network, and pursue good internships at great companies.
I wish I understood the impact of networking especially as you pursue your first internships and jobs.