Nina Ahuja

Escondido, CA, US
Field of Work 
Industrial Engineering
Houston Business Consultants
Job Title or "Student" 
Business Consultant
University of Michigan Dearborn | University of Illinois at Chicago
Masters of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering | Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Growing up, I've always been interested in Math and Science. I knew I didn't want to be a nurse like my mom or a computer engineer. I learned how to navigate DOS and Linux before I even saw a Windows GUI but couldn't see myself just doing that for the rest of my life. At around the age of 10, my mom suggested I take a career assessment since I had no genuine answer to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?". It exposed me to the field of Civil Engineering. After finishing my BS in Civil Engineering, I wasn't quite sure how it would satisfy my desire to deal with people with my interest in business. I, then, went on to obtain my Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I find myself fulfilled now that I can help solve problems and deal in an industry where my true interests lie.

I love using tools like my proficiency in JIRA, MS Project, along with my advanced knowledge of Excel, and knowledge of Agile and Waterfall methodology, and Six Sigma/Lean to solve supply chain, operations, and production problems. I’ve been able to use my strong communication, collaboration, and analytical skills to succeed. I am a proven leader with experience with coordinating teams, driving results, and lean problem solving.

Colleagues know me as a dedicated and innovative thinker that brings new ideas of meetings and discussions. My style of brainstorming involves opening a dialogue between the members of a cross-functional group to ensure that by leveraging the strengths of the group members, the group makes the best decision.

My advice for girls who don't have people in their lives with the careers that they find interesting for themselves, don't be afraid to do some soul searching. Take a Holland's Career Assessment. Look at your career codes and try to figure out what may be a good fit for you. If you don't want to do all the exploring alone, you can always go to a vocational counselor. Some career counselors at school can help you through the process as well!
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Race & Ethnicity 
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My Experience 
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Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
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