Samuel Ginn College of Engineering alumna
Beth DeMaioribus Monroe is a 2004 Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. She grew up with a love for the fine arts, but excelled at math and science and wanted to find a career that creatively blended the two. Inspired by a video shared in the introduction to engineering course during her freshman year, Monroe discovered her dream job: to work as an industrial engineer for the Walt Disney Company. She changed her major and began the pursuit.
Monroe recently celebrated 10 years with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Industrial Engineering Team, having worked five years in Orlando, Florida, and then staying on part time to work remotely from Jacksonville, Alabama, for the last five years. She began in the perfect role to blend her interests, supporting the entertainment and costuming lines of business. In this role she had the opportunity to support the process planning and logistics of the largest working wardrobe in the world and make sure Mickey knew where he was supposed to be at all times. Monroe then spent a few years supporting the backstage efforts and making sure the magic onstage happened as seamlessly as possible.
For the last seven years, she has supported the project development team, working closely with Walt Disney Imagineering teams in Glendale, California, to help evaluate the magic in the making. She has also been honored to work on the Shanghai Disneyland Resort development, the Walt Disney Parks newest addition set to open late 2015.
Since her time at Auburn, Monroe married her high school sweetheart Jay, celebrated victory in his battle with brain cancer and became a mother to three children, Bella Grace, Tucker and Clara Leta. She will present "The Disney Difference" as part of the All-Star Lecture Series at 3 p.m. Friday in the Goodwin Room at the Auburn Alumni Center.
1. Why did you decide to attend Auburn?
I was born and raised an Auburn girl. I tried really hard to pursue a different route and looked at several different schools, but that only fanned the Auburn flame and led me right back to the Plains. The fact that we have one of the best engineering schools in the nation just sealed the deal.
2. How did your education and experiences at Auburn prepare you for your first job?
Auburn provided me a great scholastic foundation with the right balance of practical application to allow me to step right into my first job and start making an impact.
3. Can you describe your role as an industrial engineer working with the Walt Disney Imagineering teams?
My role as an industrial engineer for the Walt Disney Company is largely focused on process improvement, optimization and balancing capacity and demand within our theme park segment. I work closely with the Walt Disney Imagineering team on new concepts they are proposing. My role is to evaluate how the new concepts fit into either an existing park or assist with building up the requirements for a brand new park. It's a very iterative (and fun!) process to ensure we are making the best decisions to deliver the best product.
4. What has been your favorite experience with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Industrial Engineering Team?
I have been part of the Shanghai Disneyland core team for the past seven years. Seeing that vision come to life and now being implemented is by far one of the most incredible experiences I have been a part of in my career with Disney.
5. Who is your favorite Disney character?
Belle. I admire her strength and grace.
Last Updated: Sept. 2, 2014