Lauren Boyle is an industrial engineer at Sjoberg Tool and Manufacturing Corp. She graduated from MSOE in 2016.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from Chicago and I now live in Nashotah. My hobbies include watching/playing sports, hiking and traveling. I have two cats named Toby and Autumn.

Why/when did you decide to become an industrial engineer?
Engineering was always the main choice for me. I went to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) to study engineering. Computer engineering was my first field of study but after a year, I was not passionate about it. A couple of my close friends from college were studying industrial engineering and they both had nothing but great things to say about the program and the faculty at MSOE. I chose to switch into industrial engineering. The program at MSOE gave me great opportunities to grow and learn and also helped me obtain three great summer internships. My learning experiences at MSOE and my internship experiences helped me realize that I wanted to work in manufacturing, focusing on making improvements in the workplace. I will always be grateful for the faculty at MSOE helping me to find something that I am passionate about.

What led you to your current career path?
Before starting full-time at Sjoberg Tool, I had engineering internships in manufacturing for three summers. After the first two summers, I knew that I wanted to work in manufacturing. After working at Sjoberg for two years, I was given the opportunity to lead a small production area that produces parts for our second largest customer. This opportunity made me realize that I want to be in a leadership role. I am passionate about leading teams and coordinating groups in problem-solving efforts.

What is the hardest part about being an industrial engineer?
In my current role, time management is very important. Going to school at MSOE helped me with time management skills. Every day I realize how important it is to try to organize and prioritize my tasks, especially when taking on new projects.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is working with individuals from all levels of the organization to make improvements. I enjoy problem solving and helping any coworker in need, especially if it helps someone out at work.

What would you say to someone who wants to be  an industrial engineer?
Industrial engineering is a very good field to go into. There are many opportunities out there. Stick with it and stay passionate about it!

Where do you see yourself going in the future?
I want to continue gaining experience in a leadership/management role. I also just want to continue to keep learning about every aspect of the business. It is really great when you can come to work day after day and feel like you are continuing to learn and better yourself.  

This profile originally appeared in the October 2019 edition of Accelerate, published by the Waukesha County Business Alliance.