Rosario Gibbs, project manager for Abilene Christian University’s NEXT Lab, brings a wealth of experience in industry to her role with the university’s cutting-edge research facility.
NEXT stands for Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory, a program that experiments with using molten salts, rather than water, as a coolant for nuclear reactors. Its goal is to find global solutions to the world’s most critical needs: energy that is less expensive; water that is pure and abundant; and medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer.
For Gibbs, an industrial engineer, trusting the process is key, and her expertise in creating and implementing processes is critical to keeping research in the lab running smoothly.
“In industrial engineering, we are the specialists in making things work more efficiently,” she says. “We have to understand every piece of the puzzle, so we can manage all those pieces together and make them work better.”
Before joining the team at ACU, she worked for internationally known companies, including Sony, Canon, Flextronics (which manufacturers the iPhone), and, most recently, The Boeing Company.
One of her favorite parts of her job is mentoring students. The NEXT Lab brings together students and scholars in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.
Undergraduate research opportunities such as those afforded by NEXT Lab helped ACU earn accolades from U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 benchmark based on student success. ACU is the only Texas institution nationally ranked in five student success areas in the magazine’s new category, “A Focus on Student Success.”
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