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Industrial Engineering Alumni Highlight - Dr. Maggie Rutkowski, OTD, OTR '19

Published: 01/02/2024

Dr. Maggie Rutkowski, OTD, OTR '19

Dr. Maggie Rutkowski, OTD, OTR '19

"Gannon has been and always will be an integral part of my life, from campus to campus, engineering to OT, I am grateful to every Knight I have met, worked with, and helped me grow. Go Knights!"

I graduated from Gannon with my bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in May of 2019. During my four years at Gannon in the industrial engineering department, I was surrounded by a tight-knit group of professors and classmates who always encouraged me to strive to always be my best and provided me with a wide range of knowledge and skills to pursue a career in any avenue that I chose.

The beauty of industrial engineering is that it is rooted in process and no matter what industry you look at there is some sort of process to create something or to get a job done with an end goal of doing a job or completing tasks in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

While studying industrial engineering at Gannon I took a liking to human factors and ergonomics. After graduation, I worked in manufacturing at Industrial Sales & Mfg. in Erie, PA. I loved working in the manufacturing industry, however, felt that I enjoyed connecting with individuals and making their quality of life better.

After feeling that for some time, I decided to look into further education that would marry well with my industrial engineering degree and connect me to people on an individual level. I found out that occupational therapy does just that. I decided to pursue my doctorate in occupational therapy (OT) from Gannon’s Ruskin campus.

Like industrial engineering, the goal of an occupational therapist is to create solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of someone’s life, but instead of at a wide range consumer level, it is at the individual. While pursuing my doctoral studies, I knew I wanted to connect my industrial engineering background with occupational therapy.

So, I rooted my studies in gaining a better understanding of assistive technology and of course ergonomics. Upon graduation this past August (23), I took a full-time job as an ergonomic specialist/occupational therapist where I am diving deeper into ergonomics and human factors, and my role focuses on providing ergonomic analysis and solutions to both individual workers and job processes as a whole.

Gannon has been and always will be an integral part of my life, from campus to campus, engineering to OT, I am grateful to every knight I have met, worked with, and helped me grow. Go Knights!

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