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2nd Annual Fall IE Career Fair

Photo of IE Career Fair - Entry
Students lined up to enter the 2nd Annual IE Fall Career Fair
Photo of IE Career Fair - Lobby
Students and company reps met throughout the 1st floor of Grissom
Photo of IE Career Fair - Kroger rep shaking hands
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Students waited in line to talk with Cummins and Southwire reps
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In-state employers such as IU Health attended, as well as out-of-state companies
Photo of IE Career Fair - St. Onge in Peter Wang Student Excellence Center
The Peter Wang Student Excellence Center quickly filled with students talking with company reps
Sixteen companies and over 500 students attended the second-annual Purdue IE Fall Career Fair on September 11. The event took place the night before Purdue's Industrial Roundtable (IR) began.

The joint Career Fair was organized by students from the undergraduate group Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) and the graduate group Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Organization (IEGSO), assisted by IE Industry Relations Director Dave Kotterman.

Representatives from CNO Financial, Cummins, Deloitte, Eaton, Halliburton, Ingersoll Rand/Trane, IU Health, Kroger, Lilly, Medline, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Southwire, St. Onge, and Tesla attended and presented information sessions. The student groups also organized a photo booth where students could have professional headshots taken. The fair extended from Grissom Hall's Peter Wang Student Excellence Center throughout the entire first floor of the building. 

"This year's career fair was bigger and better than ever, featuring 16 companies with the majority being Fortune 500," said senior Annika Mabe, IISE Ambassador Director. "Grissom was packed with students eager to talk to these prestigious companies. Students were able to attend info sessions to get to know more about the companies and their offered positions, get professional headshots, talk one-on-one with recruiters, and some even got interview slots - all before IR even started.

"The IE career fair was the largest our department has ever organized," said graduate student Shounak Joshi, IEGSO Academic Chair. "We had big names like Tesla, Cummins and Deloitte, which the students were very excited to talk to. [The] IE career fair was the only fair that Tesla had registered for this time, and they were overwhelmed with the student response. They are conducting interviews throughout this week from the students they have shortlisted."

"The IE Career Fair may not be as big as Industrial Roundtable at Purdue, but it sure packs a punch!" said Jenn Guerin, Talent Acquisition Partner-Early Talent at Ingersoll Rand. "We interacted with over 70 impressive and talented Industrial and Systems Engineers at this event for consideration for multiple operations and technical sales opportunities within Ingersoll Rand (in just three hours!). These students were prepared, inquisitive, and it was much easier to get 1:1 time with these candidates in an intimate indoor setting than a larger career fair format; many of our interviews scheduled in the days to follow were of students we first talked to at this event. This is a highly recommended way for employers interested in Industrial Engineers to engage with the tip of the spear of that talent at Purdue."

Kotterman commended the IISE and IEGSO student leadership for organizing this growing event. "Their hard work over the summer definitely paid off as company and student participation was at an all-time high," Kotterman said. "This is a wonderful service they provide companies looking specifically to recruit industrial engineering interns and soon-to-be-IE graduates!"

Writer: DeEtte Starr, starrd@purdue.edu