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Ashley Massey graduated from NC State in 2013 with a degree in Pulp and Paper Science & Engineering and Chemical Engineering.  We recently reached out to Ashley to find out about her experiences here at NC State, her career and advice for current students.  Thanks for your time and your willingness to share.

Internship & Co-Op Experiences While at NC State:

  • International Paper: Savannah, GA (Summer 2012)
  • Oce-A Cannon Company: Munich, Germany (Winter 2011)
  • Research Triangle Institute International: Raleigh, NC (Summer 2009)

Favorite Class:

  • Paper Science Senior Design
  • Introduction to the New Testament

Best Memory at State:

  • Playing in the Pep Band watching NC State beat Duke in 2013.

Worst Memory at State:

  • Late nights studying for organic chemistry exams.


  • NCSU Marching and Pep Band, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), College of Natural Resources Student Ambassadors, University Scholars program

Favorite part of PSE Program:

  • Studying abroad in Finland and Germany in the Trans-Atlantic Paper Science Dual Degree (TAPS) program.

Most important thing PSE taught me:

  • Take advantage of every opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and grow.

Current career information:

  • Process Control Engineer at Exxon Mobil

Years at current job:

  • August 2013

What is your favorite part of your current job: 

  • Working with multiple teams to complete a project.

Biggest accomplishment in your career: 

  • I facilitated a new product trial that turned into a success! It is now part of the regular product rotation.

Advise for Current Students

  • Take full advantage of all the opportunities PSE and NC State has to offer, especially the opportunities outside the classroom.

Any other Comments or Thoughts

  • “Your title doesn’t get you respect as a leader…your character does.” Betsy Allen-Manning

Personal Information

  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Family: My mom and dad have always taught me the importance of hard work and persistence. My brother has been a great supporter.
  • Hobbies/interests: Enjoy being involved in Toastmasters (speech club) and going to see movies and musicals.

By guest blogger Brooke Orr