Engineering pioneer looks back on Quinnipiac journey

June 02, 2017

Casey Miller '17 looks back and smiles at graduation

When industrial engineering major Casey Miller ’17 reflects on her Quinnipiac experience, she takes great pride in being a member of the first graduating class from our School of Engineering.

“I feel very lucky to have been a part of a brand new program at Quinnipiac,” Miller said. “It’s been a unique experience to be able to help shape the future of the school.”

It wasn’t the only first for Miller during her time in the School of Engineering. She has the distinction of being the founder and president of the Quinnipiac University chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a nationwide organization. She was also awarded the scholarship for outstanding achievement from Institute of Industrial Engineers Central CT Chapter two years in a row.

For Miller, however, the real joy came in applying her skills as a budding industrial engineer.

“I’m so glad I was able to apply all of what I learned in my courses to all of my internship experiences,” she said.

One of these was a university-funded research project through the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship Symposium program, in which Miller worked in St. Mary’s Hospital to improve start-times for outpatient procedures. After analyzing surgical data and observing staff in the hospital’s operation department, Miller implemented Lean initiatives that significantly decreased late-starts and enabled staff to complete their daily caseload with limited strain.

Miller received outside recognition for her work on the project, and is set to present on it at two conferences, one in the realm of health care and the other in industrial engineering. 

While her immediate plan is to pursue an M.S. in industrial engineering with an operations research focus, she continuously looks for opportunities to accumulate professional experience.

“I have been applying for various jobs in the New York area, and have a part-time position lined up at a clinic in the Bronx for the summer,” Miller said. “I know that either one will prepare me for graduate school, or a full-time position following it."

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