Ashley Sapien is a senior at OKCPS Northwest Classen High School and a third-year student in Metro Tech's Pre-Engineering program. Initially interested in architecture, Ashley met an industrial engineering professor on a college tour and decided industrial engineering was a better fit for her.
"Industrial engineers streamline processes. They work to make everything more organized and efficient. They're really helpful to clients, and I enjoy working with people," she said.
Ashley will be a first-generation college student after high school graduation this May; and it was through her involvement with the OSU-OKC Upward Bound program that she applied and was selected for a three-day NASA workshop in Washington D.C. this summer working alongside engineers.
The average entry-level salary for an industrial engineer is $59,000.