Dr. Mason is an Associate Teaching Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering. She teaches courses in Engineering Probability and Statistics and Senior Design. She also focuses on recruitment and retention as the Undergraduate Coordinator for the department. 


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, WIchita State University
  • MBA in Business Administration, Kansas Wesleyan University
  • BS in Industrial Engineering; Math minor, Wichita State University
  • “Predicting Engineering Student Attrition Risk Using a Probabilistic Neural Network and Comparing Results with a Backpropagation Neural Network and Logistic Regression”
          Published September, 2017 to Research in Higher Education
          Co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Whitman, Dr. Janet Twomey, and Dr. David Wright
  • “Use of a Probabilistic Neural Network to Assign Engineering Student Attrition Risk Factor”
         Paper for ASEE Midwest 2013 Conference
         Co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Whitman and Dr. Janet Twomey
  • “Assessing Service Learning Reflections”
         Paper for 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2013)
         Co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Whitman
Professional Experience

Engineering Educator | August 2017 – Current
Wichita State University (WSU) | 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS
• Teaching Engineering Probability and Statistics
• Teaching Senior Design for Industrial, Systems, and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Graduate Research Assistant | January 2012 – May 2017
Wichita State University (WSU) | 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS
• Researched engineering student retention, prediction models, and retention programs
• Developed and assisted with dissemination of engineering student survey to gather information for the purpose of improving engineering student retention at WSU
• Facilitated student focus groups to gain insight on WSU student perspectives related to College of Engineering recruitment and retention

Instructor | August 2013 – December 2014; August 2015 – December 2015
Wichita State University (WSU) | 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS
• Taught online section of “Service Learning for Engineers” for three semesters
• Taught “Probability and Statistics for Engineers”
• Developed course presentations, quizzes, and tests related to course material
• Evaluated and assessed student assignments and exams

Adjunct Professor | January 2005 – May 2005
Butler County Community College | 110 E 21st St, Andover, KS
• Presented instructions and worked example problems for Intermediate Algebra course
• Developed and graded homework assignments and tests for course

Tooling Project Manager (Contractor) | March 2011 – September 2011
PDS Tech; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation | 9709 E. Central Wichita, KS
• Set up tooling documents in SAP
• Updated time standards in SAP for make-to-stock work being moved to Mexico
• Applied time standards for duplicate tools and jigs to be fabricated for outsourcing transition

Senior Industrial Engineer | May 2009 – December 2010
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation | 9709 E. Central Wichita, KS
• Co-led the redesign of aircraft final assembly line to establish a fixed takt time and a fixed number of stations while aligning WIP and manpower with demand to create a line design with dynamic capacity
• Worked with planning and engineering departments to standardize tasks, including the addition of visual aids and clean-up of time standards and work instructions

Industrial Engineer | February 2005 – May 2009
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation | 9709 E. Central Wichita, KS
• Developed critical path model for aircraft assembly using Microsoft Project
• Performed time studies and established new time standards for all tasks on aircraft assembly line
• Established and implemented periodic maintenance schedule and developed standard procedures to improve paint process and quality of paint on aircraft control surfaces
• Led plant-wide safety team and participated in two ergonomic research projects to improve safety in the workplace
• Led Kaizen event to implement new line layout in flight, test, and completions

Team Leader | August 2002 – February 2005
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation | 9709 E. Central Wichita, KS
• Supervised up to 20 direct labor employees on aircraft final assembly line
• Assigned tasks to employees and conducted routine evaluations on task performance
• Tracked and reported on task completion daily