30 Under 30: Alexandria Moseley
Graduate, Oregon State University
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Alexandria Moseley distinguished herself as a manufacturing leader during her college career at Oregon State University.
She recently graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, one in industrial engineering and the other in manufacturing engineering. Alexandria said she chose the two degrees because she found them to be a “good balance of theory and hands-on work.” And, she proudly noted, “I have spent a lot of time in machine shops, even smaller machine shops.”
But her double major and straight As weren’t all that set her apart. Alexandria has been an ambassador for the manufacturing industry and a leader as the chair of her SME student chapter, wrote Karl R. Haapala, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at OSU. “She is a wonderful student, community member, leader, and most importantly, person,” Haapala wrote. “Alexandria has positively influenced our School and College.”
Alexandria’s leadership has been recognized before. National Engineers Week 2012 recognized her as one of the “15 New Faces of Engineering—College Edition,” which was sponsored by SME. She has received several scholarships, including the SME Directors Scholarship, in 2010 and 2012.
In addition, she is participating in the MECOP program, which places high-achieving students into two 6-month industry internships during their last two years of school. While interning at A-dec and Welch Allyn for a total of 15 months, she used lean principles to reduce rework, identify root causes of quality issues, and improve the flow of finished good production processes. She helped save over $17,000 per year in direct labor at A-dec and helped uncover a 3% defect rate in a major product line at Welch Allyn.
She also served the College and School as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and as an OSU Engineering Ambassador. She has spent the past four years raising awareness of career paths in manufacturing among high school and college students. Whether giving a campus tour or presenting to a classroom, she emphasized the key roles that industrial engineers and manufacturing engineers play in sustaining the economy.
As chair of the SME student chapter, she facilitated a series of club events that developed technical and professional skills of engineering students. She volunteered to assist with the 2011 SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference and a project to machine key chains for the 2011 Beaver Open House to hand out to prospective students. She was also a guest speaker at the 2012 SME Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH.
Alexandria lamented the fact there “were so few” women in her classes, but she thinks that is changing quickly because of many new outreach efforts. And she herself tells potential students that manufacturing and engineering is really about design, which has a lot of appeal to her peers. “I tell them … every product is not only designed but engineers design the way it is built.”
Alexandria’s next steps are to pursue a master’s degree in engineering management at Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.
“I would like to work in operational management,” she said. “I’d like to manage a production facility or many production facilities.” In particular, Alexandria said that she is interested in food production and automation.
Despite her achievements, Alexandria says she isn’t so much scientific in her thinking as logical and process focused. “I have always been logically oriented,” she said. “I do experiment with crafts and cooking.” ME