General Mills - Yoplait Division
During my time in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department
at RIT I never imagined that I was preparing myself for a career
in yogurt making. Since taking a job with General Mills after graduation
I not only learned how to make yogurt, I learned how to lead people.
I currently manage the operations department at our facility in
Massachusetts where we produce over 200 million pounds of yogurt
The ISE department at RIT provided the foundation I needed to launch
my professional career. I was able to use my classroom learning
and co-op experience to come up to speed quickly and start contributing.
I had a number of great mentors within the department and it's relatively
small size made it easy to spend time with them. The challenging
BS/MS program allowed me the chance to push myself to earn two degrees
in five years.
While at RIT my co-op experiences were invaluable. I was exposed
to a variety of industries from automotive to circuit boards to
semiconductors. I worked for corporations large and small with as
many as 12,000 co-workers and as few as 20. This gave me an opportunity
to experience different corporate cultures and determine what worked
My experience at RIT has helped me become successful at General
Mills. The leadership abilities I gained from leading design teams
and managing other co-op students were quickly recognized by plant
leadership. I was given the chance to develop and implement a high
performance work system. Through training, and team building our
work cells now do their own peer based assessments, interview applicants
for openings on their teams and develop their own standardized training.
While at RIT I learned to work hard, have fun and challenge myself.
These lessons helped me land a great job and gave me the confidence
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