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Jinwon Lee

Industrial Engineering


    Hello! My name is Jinwon Lee, but you can call me Jin. I am pursuing a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. I have led a very unorthodox life and I derive much of my skills and passion from those experiences. My family and I initially moved to rural Tennessee from Seoul, South Korea when I was 8. Without knowing a word of English, I grew up in an environment that was initially hostile but planted the seeds of my competitive and passionate nature. Often being at a disadvantage in social settings, I quickly learned how to be a more personable and adaptable person. I continued to grow up in various economic and social environments, adding to my perspectives. After high school, I leveraged my years of work experience into a management position as general manager of two restaurants at the age of 18. I then worked as an assistant service center manager at an automotive shop and used both connections made there and personal connections to start my own automotive business offering custom build services as well as other maintenance items not offered at the shop. This passion of mine has since grown to include custom motorcycle builds. After three years, I started attending the University of Tennessee and these experiences have served me well in better contextualizing lessons as well as guiding my passion into a career.

    Having such a passion for business from my previous experiences in management as well as starting my own small business, I sought information for a program that would align with my interests. After a few conversations with professors and advisors, I was quickly pointed towards the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program and have since been blessed to be surrounded by like-minded peers as well as mentors. HIBEP offers both a well-rounded and thorough education by combining the engineering and business worlds into a realistic systems-based approach to solving real problems. HIBEP also focuses on growing a world-class professional network of peers, company representatives, professors, and mentors; a network that I am proud to be a part of.

    After obtaining my degree, I will be seeking a position in the manufacturing industry, ideally in the automotive world. A goal would be to use my education to improve the lives of the people that make up industries and companies while also increasing productivity and profitability. Working in industry, I would like to grow higher into the company to learn and become an integral part of the automotive industry.



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