This week, while Ali was in the field, Nikki spoke with Jessica Morell.
Jessica has held various positions in the automation industry, from distribution to consulting. Jessica shares her journey, starting with her electrical and computer engineering technology degree. After graduation, she joined an apprenticeship program at a regional distributor and kept learning and expanding her knowledge and her network to become a sought-after strategy consultant in the Industry 4.0 arena.
Both Nikki and Jessica discuss their similar paths in the automation industry and how they didn't initially realize the variety of roles available beyond traditional engineering.
They also touch on personal topics like managing burnout, and networking in industry associations.
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Jessica has 10 years of experience in the technology, manufacturing, and industrial automation industries. She is based in Chicago and lives in the Bucktown neighborhood. Her current role is with Boston Consulting Group, managing their IoT and Web3 consulting and go-to-market offering. Prior to BCG, she was an associate manager for Accenture’s Industry X practice, consulting with clients on how to digitize their operations, processes, and products. In her previous experience, she worked for WESCO, a large industrial automation solutions supply chain company. While there she held various roles and was the subject matter expert and product manager on Industry 4.0, IIoT, software, and industrial networking solutions. She started her career at Revere Electric as an Automation Specialist.
She has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton.