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Efficient attitude guides undergrad through school

Efficiency is a concept Beth Wiese has long embraced. Whether preplanning her route running errands or packing a suitcase, the industrial engineering senior said her “whole life is planned around efficiency.”

Just ask her about packing a suitcase.

Beth Wiese sells E-Week 2015 merchandise.

Beth Wiese sells Engineers’ Week merchandise at the St. Pat’s table during E-Week 2015. Wiese is one of the 2015 St. Pat’s Board co-presidents.

“You don’t want to know,” she says, smiling. “I went on a trip to Florida for a wedding. I managed to go with only my carry-on. It’s not a very big bag, but when my dad lifted it up into the overhead compartment, he looked at me and asked ‘how much do you have in here?”

Wiese comes from a family of engineers. A third generation engineer, she follows in the footsteps of her brother, both parents and her grandfather.

Being “bred into a family of engineers,” Wiese wasn’t surprised when she started college as a mechanical engineering major — the discipline of her parents and brother. Dad Scott is a plant manager at SAF Holland in Warrenton, Mo. Her late mother Donna was an engineering consultant, and her brother Brett is a process engineer for Dow Chemical Company.

Like many engineering students, once the St. Louis-area native started her college studies, she became aware of disciplines she hadn’t considered. In Wiese’s case, a friend introduced her to industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), including Mizzou’s program and the possibilities within the field of study.

“IMSE is more people-oriented,” she said. “And I like that. I’m a very social person.”

The switch wasn’t unfamiliar, nor was she the first industrial engineer in the family. Wiese’s grandfather, Jack Wiese, was an industrial engineer who worked with heating and cooling.

But efficiency remains Wiese’s specialty. She conducts research with Assistant Professor Ron McGarvey under the umbrella of Mizzou’s National Science Foundation-supported Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) on a one-year project for Anheuser Busch. The project analyzes product demand among wholesalers to determine optimal distribution to those units.

Wiese went on an MU Engineering-sponsored study abroad trip to Ireland in the summer of 2013, and in the summer of 2014, she interned with Georgia Pacific in Tulsa. Both were experiences, she said, that put her at ease about the likelihood of relocating for a job after graduation.

She doesn’t have to wait long. Wiese plans to graduate in May 2015 and has a job with Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City waiting for her. She will work in the company’s Business and Technology Services Division consulting for power plants.

Her love of meeting and interacting with new people fuels her drive in student organizations. This is her third year of involvement with the St. Pat’s Board, serving as one of two presidents in her final year. As the co-president of the St. Pat’s board, Wiese is responsible for overseeing 20 student sub-committees that plan the annual Engineers’ Week celebration. She said she is not afraid of being a leader.

“E-Week is a huge event,” she said. “You work on it all year, but in the end, you have this result, and its something you can show everyone.”

She’s also a member and past president of the Mizzou Society of Manufacturing Engineers, belongs to Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society, and serves as an Engineering Ambassador.