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Naomie Baptiste

Naomie Baptiste

College of Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2006

Manager of Field Operations Developmental Programs for Caterpillar

Engineering Technical Excellence Ambassador

Naomie Baptiste is a first generation graduate from Florida State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. She entered Florida State through the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) program; a summer bridge program positioned to mentor and guide students through their first year for collegiate success. Naomie credits her positive experience in the program to past C.A.R.E. Director, Mrs. Angela Richardson, who served as a mentor for women leadership.

At Florida State University, Naomie held leadership roles with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Through these organizations, she volunteered her time teaching math and science to pre-collegiate in Leon County. Being an immigrant from Haiti to the United States carries much responsibility to lead the way. Her Haitian parents sit on boards for the economic and environmental development of the third world country. Naomie led workshops on clean water and recycling programs to promote sustainable development awareness and structural integrity during natural disaster relief hence why she chose to major in Civil Engineering. Naomie was also awarded the Humanitarian of the Year for the College of Engineering.

Being an engineering technical excellence ambassador lead her to her current employment today as a Manager of Field Operations Developmental Programs for Caterpillar. This position undoubtedly helped her earn recognition as one of Florida State University’s Thirty under 30 in 2014. She was not expecting to receive this acknowledgment of success because, for her, success is about the work you put in.

“Success is defined as when preparation meets opportunity,” according to Baptiste. Baptiste says that the great professors she had while attending the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering contributed to her accomplishments. She also learned alongside excellent classmates who studied together. Baptiste said, “I love FSU’s collaborative spirit” and still today holds positive memories from her time at Florida State including being on Homecoming Court representing the College of Engineering.

Enjoy the FSU experience to the fullest. Study hard; volunteer for great organizations related to your field of study. Go to football games, learn the war chant and most importantly, graduate with a degree that will push your career aspirations forward.