Meet Vinchessica Gray, industrial technology major
Vinchessica Gray, Gary, Ind.
Major: Industrial Technology
- National Society of Black Engineers, president
- Technology Dean’s Advisory Council
- LSAMP Scholar
- Lafayette Mission volunteer
- College of Technology Student Ambassador
- Campus STEM recruitment volunteer
My older sister took me to a National Society for Black Engineers conference when I was in 8th grade. Then I came to Purdue, for TEAM camp, early in high school. I got to explore a lot of technology majors and programmed a machine to be able to speak. I started in a different major, but I couldn’t see myself there forever. I’m more of a customer-type person; I like to make sure people are happy.
Making a difference
I hope I’m in a position to improve the company I work for and be the best, make sure everything is up to par, and take the customer into consideration.
I’m a customer who pays attention to the quality. You don’t want to have to deal with creating products and having them be defective; it’s a waste of money. It is better to eliminate that in the front end rather than working backwards from a complaint. The customer’s first impression should be that this is a good product.
Putting knowledge to work
Last year, I interned with J.P. Morgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio, as a business analyst. This summer, I worked in supplier quality for GE in Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. I did research with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and presented at the National Defense University Virtual Worlds Conference. I’m a competitive person, too. Some friends and I got third place in a Student Soybean Innovation Contest; we developed a surface protectant made from soy. I also won second place in a case competition that was designed to help GE bring jobs back to America and first place in an NSBE elevator pitch competition.