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30 Under 30: Olivia Girod

 Olivia Girod







Olivia Girod
Age: 23
Student, Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

The future is bright with opportunity for recent engineering graduates who have demonstrated leadership. Olivia Girod, a June graduate of Oregon State University with an Honors B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, said that passing the defense of her Honors thesis paper was a pivotal moment in her college career. The honors thesis has resulted in a conference publication and will be submitted for journal publication, according to her faculty thesis co-advisor.

A second pivotal moment was learning about the possibilities of internships during her Junior and Senior years. “While I love engineering, I also love working with people so an internship in an operations management position seemed like a great opportunity for me. With persistence, I was able to make contact with the Intel representative, gain an interview and be offered the position.”

Intel was one of two companies where Olivia earned a competitive MECOP six-month industry internship during her last two years of school. As an intern at Intel, Olivia had served as Captain of the Ship for Consolidated Die Prep Manufacturing. As such, Olivia was responsible for daily manufacturing operations and had direct responsibility for 60 employees during her shift. Her responsibilities included line management, tooling, and staffing decision making.

In her second MECOP internship with Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), Olivia was able to save PCC over $180,000 through her projects. While on her internship at PCC last year, she organized the Student Industry Presentation Night during which several interns presented their projects to members of engineering professional chapters in Portland, OR.

Olivia’s positive influence during her college career has led to being recognized by students and faculty for her leadership. Over the past two years, Olivia has stepped into her roles as OSU SME Chair and Chair Elect with responsibility for organizing meetings and recent elections, assisting in industry tours, and coordinating mock interviews with industry for OSU students.

Olivia has been recognized for her academic achievements, having received the SME Directors Scholarship (2013), the SME Future Leaders of Manufacturing Scholarship, and the SME Myrtle & Earl Walker Scholarship in 2012.

Having excelled academically at OSU, where she carried an overall 3.79 GPA, Olivia was initiated into the Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu honor societies and she was nominated as the Outstanding Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Graduate for 2014’s class. Olivia volunteered in the Society of Women Engineers to get girls interested in engineering and community involvement and has participated in the OSU Mentors and Mentees program where she was a mentor to first-year women in engineering.

In June, Olivia began work as an operations manager at Intel Corporation in a position she had previously interned in. “I am looking forward to this position as it is a balance of the technical engineering side of manufacturing and the challenges of personnel management. I will be managing a team of approximately 10 to 15 people ranging in age and background and am excited for the opportunity to apply what I have learned so far about management.” ME

Published Date : 7/1/2014

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