Meet the Class of 2021: Esther Sewordor
College of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
Hometown: Culpeper, Virginia
Minor: Green Engineering
Fun fact about yourself: I love singing, dancing, and meeting new people! Currently in the process of creating a recording studio, we'll see how that goes!
If you participated in an internship, what company was it for and what were your job responsibilities?
Spring 2019 Co-op with Collins Aerospace: I was an Industrial Engineer in charge of implementing 5s lean organization systems by creating shadow boards for the entire plant and working with the laser cutter.
Which faculty member has made the biggest impact in your undergraduate education and how?
During my time at Virginia Tech, I've enjoyed every organization that I've been able to be a part of. One organization that has had a huge impact during my time at Virginia Tech is the CEED organization. Specifically, within the organization, both Susan Arnold and Dr. Kim Lester helped keep me grounded, persevering within engineering, and have opened many doors for me in terms of opportunities for growth. I would say that these two faculty members have made a great impact within my undergraduate education, along with many others.
Aside from your classmates, what has been the best part of being an industrial and systems engineering major at Virginia Tech?
The best part of being an industrial and systems engineering major is getting to be a part of ISE ambassadors and talk about how amazing the major is! I love being able to spread the word of what ISE is and also making an impact on interested and potential students. I also have enjoyed watching myself grow and flourish within the major after each semester up until now!
What club or activity excites you most at Virginia Tech and why?
A club that excites me would have to be the African Student Association dance team, Wahala. I'm currently the co-captain and I've enjoyed being a part of the club during my entire college career. It has given me a chance to be creative, dance, and be a part of a family! I've enjoyed the endless practices we used to have and the excitement of performing, whether it be at tech or another campus.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your student career so far?
My biggest accomplishment in my student career would be getting into the Industrial and Systems Engineering major. I remember receiving the email and being so relieved and excited on getting in! I had worked very hard during my freshman year and also 1st semester of my sophomore year to get into the major, and regardless of all the obstacles, I was able to overcome them and get into the amazing major!
What was your defining moment at Virginia Tech and how has it prepared you for your future career?
My defining moment at Virginia Tech would have to be my 1st semester of junior year. I had just come back from an eventful summer being at Tech and I had a game plan as to how I wanted my semester to look like. I had my very first interview for an internship that semester and I was able to learn how to maneuver through technical and behavioral interviews. I was able to learn from my first interview and secure a co-op for the following semester that has opened so many opportunities for myself since then!
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on interning for Carrier as a supply chain intern over the summer and then returning to Virginia Tech to obtain a Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a focus in Management Systems Engineering in the fall of 2021.