Tell us a bit about your background. Where are you from, and how did you end up joining the Gatton College?
I was born and raised in Valencia Venezuela. I came to The United States in 2013 to start my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Quality Assurance at Kennesaw State University. After I completed my bachelor’s degree in 2017, I moved to Lexington to work as a quality engineer at Florida Tile, Inc. After three years of work experience, I wanted to expand my professional career and decided to begin the Gatton College's Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) program. 

You are one of Gatton's first MSSCM students. What attracted you to the program?

I believe that the world has changed with the pandemic situation, so I feel the entire world is learning to adapt to the new way of living. There is an increasing need for skills such as managerial coordinators, adept at planning, executing, and maintaining logical transportation systems that succeed in company objectives, and the MSSCM will provide me those skills.  

What is one of the most interesting things you've learned in the program so far?

I will say that so far in my second semester, the most interesting thing I have learned about is Toyota production system. It is impressive how this organization build their quality as part of their production system. Another thing I have found interesting the supply chain simulations performed in the Supply Chain Fundamentals class. It is a great tool for improving supply chain operations across organizations.

Do you have any career advice for current students or recent graduates?

From my personal and professional experience, I recommend looking forward and gaining work experience because that helps to develop the path to earning a Master's degree. I also recommend having a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn and acquire new skills. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is the first attempt at learning. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
I see myself with a high level of understanding and expertise in industrial engineering and supply chain systems. I know that I am working on that because of my studies in this program and because of my current role as a quality and technical supervisor with additional managerial responsibilities.  

What characteristics do you value most in friends?
Honesty, respect, and supportiveness. 

What is your memorable travel adventure?
La Gran Sabana, Parque Nacional Canaima. It is a region in southeastern Venezuela on the Brazilian border. I think that is the most magnificent place I have ever visited in my entire life.