On Friday, May 3, faculty members in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, or SCAI, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, hosted a reception on the Tempe campus for graduating students who had successfully completed their studies in the school’s highly ranked industrial engineering program.

Associate Teaching Professor Cheryl Jennings and a student

Associate Teaching Professor Cheryl Jennings greeted the mixture of graduate and undergraduate students and expressed pride in their accomplishments. The students, meanwhile, were looking forward to life after graduation where they expected to put their skills to use in fields such as supply chain management, data science and artificial intelligence.

John Cavallaro, assistant teaching professor of industrial engineering, was on hand to congratulate his student, Trevor Smith, who recently received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Smith, who has accepted a post-graduation position at Amazon, won first place in the industrial engineering category at the SCAI Capstone Showcase, an event where students present the results of a challenging project completed over two semesters. His team created a simulation of a production line for Collins Aerospace. Smith thanked the faculty team and said he felt he’d learned many critical lessons from the program.

John Cavallaro, a student and a guest

“The most important thing that I learned was the value of good team management,” Smith said, noting that his capstone project gave him important experience in a leadership role.

Cavallaro said he was proud of all that Smith had accomplished.

“The team definitely earned an A,” Cavallaro said.