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Meet the 2015 Marvin Mundel Scholarship Winner!

Did you ever wonder where the scholarship money goes for the Marvin Mundel Memorial Scholarship?

Meet the 2015 Mundel Scholarship Winner, Kristen Miranda:

“My name is Kristen Miranda and I am currently a junior studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Tennessee.  I am a member of the Chancellor’s Honors program with an honors concentration in Industrial Engineering. The rigorous curriculum of this program is both challenging and rewarding. Despite the difficult coursework, I have established a strong academic standing and currently have a 4.0 GPA. Outside of the classroom, I have been an involved member of the volunteer community. As the treasurer for the Institute of Industrial Engineers, I have been able to learn more about financial management and leading an organization. I hope to continue my leadership role within IIE throughout my last year of school. I am also the secretary for the College of Engineering Ambassadors. I work closely with our advisor and ensure that all ambassadors complete their required service hours. Both of these organizations have enabled me to gain responsibility, leadership skills, and opportunities to network with industry and my fellow classmates. I am also an active member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Women in Systems Engineering, and Delta Zeta sorority. Each of these organizations have equipped me with knowledge and skills to prosper within my career.

I have also been able to gain valuable experience through study abroad and internships. In the summer of 2014, I was able to study abroad with the UTK Engineering in London program. Through this program, I was able to gain independence and become more culturally diversified, all while taking two engineering classes. I have also broadened my experience through working an internship this past summer. I worked for Unilever in their Covington, TN ice cream facility. I was able to manage my own project, make process improvements, and learn about the manufacturing work environment. Overall, my experience with Unilever was wonderful, but this upcoming summer I have decided to explore a different work environment. I have accepted a position with ExxonMobil in their procurement department. I am very excited to take on this new position, and I hope that I will enjoy it even more than manufacturing. Through these experiences, I have been able to personally develop and prepare for the future.

I look forward to graduating in May 2017 and beginning my career. In the future, I hope to continue working with ExxonMobil’s procurement department or another area of supply chain. I then hope to eventually take on a managerial position. I am very grateful for all that I have learned through my industrial engineering curriculum and the experiences I have gained as a student at the University of Tennessee.”


Congratulations, Kristen! Keep up the great work!



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