IISE Ambassadors


Katie Lux

Ambassador Director


Hi y’all, my name is Katie! I’m currently a junior studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Statistics! I’m from Shelbyville, IN. One of the biggest reasons I chose IE was that IE could help me mix business and engineering while making lasting impacts on those around me. My internship this past summer was with Trane Technologies as a Technical Sales Intern. Through this experience, I found an opportunity to connect with others every day while utilizing my background in IE. I could see my career going many different ways and what I love about IE is that I feel prepared for any route my career could take! Please feel more than welcome to reach out to me if you want to talk about anything or get coffee and chat!


Interests: thrifting, rollerblading, running, hiking, photography, getting coffee

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Boiler Gold Rush (Team Supervisor, Team Leader), Greek Life, Women in Engineering


Jimmy Frusciante


Hi, my name is Jimmy Frusciante and I am a junior from Madison, WI studying Industrial Engineering while also earning a minor in Management. I chose Industrial Engineering because it bridges together the interpersonal skills of business with the complex problemsolving abilities of an engineer. Industrial engineers work to improve systems in order to guarantee the best results. While at Purdue I have been able to balance academics and great social experiences. Feel free to reach out to me regarding anything from academic questions to life at Purdue!


Interests: anything sports, cards, music, lifting

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, PurdueTHINK Consulting, Purdue Interfraternity Council, Greek life, Intramurals

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Juan Carlos Javier


Hello, my name is Juan Carlos Javier! I am originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and I am a sophomore student studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business Economics. Before coming to Purdue, I had my mind set on Industrial Engineering since I planned on following the footsteps of my father and had a deep interest in pursuing a major that combined both business, engineering, and human interactions all in one! I love that having an IE background provides me the opportunity to work in multiple fields and develop my professional career and true interests more so than any other engineering major. I like having a balance between my schoolwork and social life, so I have many hobbies. I consider myself a very social person that likes to meet new people every day and get to know their stories, so don't hesitate to reach out for a conversation about IE, college life, hobbies, and really any topic!


Interests: NBA/NCAA basketball, soccer, biking, music, guitars, traveling

Fields of Interest: Consulting, Supply Chain, Operations Research 

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Intramurals Soccer League


Hello, my name is Sam Gentry! I am a sophomore in Industrial Engineering, and I am from a small town called Brazil, Indiana. When I came to Purdue, I intended on pursuing mechanical engineering, but I was won over to industrial by its ability to combine people, business, and technology. I definitely made the right decision for me, as I find all of my classes and the industrial engineering discipline extremely interesting. Feel free to reach out with any questions about industrial engineering, Purdue, or college in general!


Interests: sports, travel, hiking, rock climbing

Involvements: New Student (BGR) Leader, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Greek Life, Intramural Sports


Elle Ahrens


Hi, I’m Elle! I am currently a sophomore studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Spanish and I am from Milwaukee, WI! I chose IE because of the wide variety of career opportunities it provides me with. So far as an IE, I have been able to work collaboratively with my peers while also problem solving to help impact the world around me. Feel free to reach out with questions about anything I’d love to help!


Interests: music, reading, movies

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Greek Life, Purdue Student Engineering Foundation, Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader


Daniel Ferrer


My name is Daniel Ferrer and I’m from Honolulu, HI. I’m currently a junior at Purdue pursuing a major in industrial engineering as well as a minor in business economics. I originally chose IE because I loved physics and economics in high school, and I felt that IE’s natural blend of business and engineering best fit my interests at the time. Its ultimately IE’s emphasis on problem solving, optimization, and efficiency that has kept me here. The skills that I’ve learned through IE have opened up career opportunities in many different job fields and I’m excited to explore as many as I can. Feel free to contact me with any questions about IE and Purdue.


Interests: playing music, cooking, watching Netflix

Fields of Interest: Manufacturing, Supply Chain

Involvements:  Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Purdue Filipino Association


Ben Hartley


Hey, my name is Ben Hartley, and I am a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering. I am from Fishers, Indiana and am now a proud Boilermaker. Industrial Engineering is the perfect major for me because it builds off my interest in business while also allowing me to grow in engineering.  It creates a multitude of possibilities after college while also allowing for a strong work life balance at Purdue.  I enjoy meeting new friends and doing my best to help so please feel free to ask me about anything you need help with or want someone to talk to!


Interests: going to the gym, watching movies, reading, traveling, socializing 

Involvements: IISE, Pi Kappa Alpha, Purdue Dining and Culinary


Nevin Mendis


Hey, I'm Nevin! I am a junior from Philadelphia, PA majoring in Industrial Engineering. The reason I chose IE as my major is because I am interested in the applications of engineering, economics, and statistics - and the intersection between technology and problem-solving. Frankly, I am interested in a lot, and I could see my career going down many different career paths - which I'm fine with! Having an IE background gives me the ability to have an education that is perfect for me to thrive in many different spaces, and in many different ways. Feel free to reach out to me with questions about anything!


Interests: cooking, Philadelphia sports, board games 

Fields of Interest: Consulting, Data Analytics

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Purdue Solutions Consulting, Sports Analytics Club


Kaleigh O'Hara


Hi, I'm Kaleigh O'Hara, and I am a junior in Industrial Engineering! I chose this versatile degree because I was unsure what career path to enter after graduation. Throughout my time at Purdue, I have realized that my primary interest lies in data science. It fascinates me that this field of study uses algorithms and other scientific methods to make things more efficient. So, I decided to pursue a minor in Statistics and certificate in Data Science. Nonetheless, it is comforting to know that with my IE degree, I can work in supply chain, quality, economics, and many other fields down the road. I am more than happy to answer any questions regarding Industrial Engineering and Purdue in general!


Interests: theatre, shopping, scrapbooking, Dunkin iced coffee Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Alpha Xi Delta, Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue Performance Collaborative


Gabby Nyce


Hi, my name is Gabby! I am currently a sophomore from Zionsville, IN studying Industrial Engineering with minors in Management and Computer Science. Coming into Purdue, I planned to go into Chemical Engineering but ultimately changed my mind because I was drawn to the variety of opportunities that Industrial Engineering provides. I chose Industrial Engineering because it brings together the business world and the engineering world. With IE, I am able to combine my love of people and problem solving in order to make an impact on the world around me. Please feel free to reach out to me about anything, I would love to help in any way I can!


Interests: music, travel, basketball, card games

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Greek Life, Women in Engineering/SWE, Goss Scholars Leadership Council


Hi, my name is Max! I am a Junior studying Industrial Engineering with a minor in Global Engineering. I am an international student from Toronto and Singapore. My career interests lie in engineering and business, and IE allows me to develop both skillsets in an interdisciplinary environment. My favorite part about this program is how it has prepared me for many career paths that I can explore both in the classroom and outside through extracurriculars, internships, and more. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about Purdue, IE, or anything else!


Interests: intersectional activism, reading, barbering, traveling

Fields of Interest: Consulting, Supply Chain

Involvements:  Big Data Big Impact, Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE Ambassador), Boilermaker Consulting Group, Greek Life, Boiler Gold Rush (Team Supervisor, Team Leader), Honors Mentor Program


Hi, my name is Diya, and I am from Fort Wayne, IN. I am a sophomore in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Statistics. I applied to Purdue intending to go into Mechanical Engineering, however the creativity and versatility that comes with being in Industrial is what eventually drew me to it. With IE, I will be able to learn more about the optimization research aspect of this major and be able to apply this knowledge through the opportunities that IE provides. A background in IE will allow me to explore different career paths and be able to experience and enjoy new opportunities! Feel free to reach out with any and all questions or concerns!


Interests:  painting, cooking, trying different types of coffee

Fields of Interest: Sourcing, Consulting, Supply Chain

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, SCOPE consulting group, Women in Engineering, Meredith South Residence Hall Board


Matthew Harris


Hey everyone! My name is Matthew Harris and I’m originally from Greenwood, IN. Currently, I am a Sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering (IE) and minoring in Manufacturing here at Purdue. Going into the First Year Engineering (FYE) program, I never had considered becoming an IE, but the Engineering Your Major (EYM) events put on by the University really opened my eyes to the wide range of opportunities that come with an IE degree. With an IE degree offering me the chance to come directly out of school as a well-rounded individual, both academically and socially, it became clear that IE was the major for me. As a student interested in a variety of fields, including science, technology, and business, IE was a perfect fit due to its ability to span and combine numerous subjects. I am particularly interested in manufacturing operations and logistics. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about IE, Purdue, or Purdue Sports!


Interests: basketball, movies, TV Shows, food, travel, Purdue sports 

Involvements: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Ross-Ade Brigade, Paint Crew, IM Sports