My “Brand-New” 1970 GMC K2500

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 30 September 2014

Besides being a college student, one of my hobbies includes restoring antique farm equipment and trucks. This past summer, although I was very busy with my full-time internship, I found time to bring a 1970 GMC K2500 pickup back to life. (I didn’t sleep.) It is 1 of about 6000 made and 1 of few that have survived 44 years of abuse.

1970 GMC K2500

My treasure came from Sisseton, South Dakota, complete with the original dealership decal and 80,000 miles. After contacting the original owner I discovered that it had spent its life as a ranch truck, hauling hogs to market and daughters to school.

After spending countless hours in the shop, all rust was repaired (while maintaining most of the original paint), a completely new suspension and steering system was installed, the complete brake system was upgraded and countless other repairs and upgrades were performed.

1970 GMC K2500

Although the truck has been a large investment of both time and money, it has also been a great source of pride and satisfaction for this engineer-in-training. It seems as though I cannot drive it anywhere without getting a smile on my face or attracting the attention of passers-by.

Dinner with the ChBE Professors

Courtney Sterrick

Courtney Sterrick,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 29 September 2014

Last Saturday, the OU Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) held its first “Dinner with the Professors” night of the academic year. Each semester, our organization visits a Chemical Engineering Professor’s house for dinner.

Typically, the first dinner of the year is held at Dr. Ridgway’s house, the advisor of AIChE. The final dinner of the year is the “End of Year Picnic” which is open to all OU Chemical Engineering students.

This year, about 20 ChBEs ranging from freshmen to seniors attended the event in addition to several ChE professors and their spouses. Over the course of the evening, we played cornhole, sat around a warm fire, and spent the evening with friends while listening to music. A couple of pictures from the dinner held at Dr. Ridgway’s are below.

Dinner with ChBE Faculty

Dinner with ChBE Faculty

“Dinner with the Professors” is one of my favorite activities AIChE organizes throughout the year. As a 5th-year senior, I have attended over 10 of these events while at OU. Not only do you have fun with your fellow classmates, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet upperclassmen and bond with your professors outside the classroom. One of my favorite things about OU is the degree we get to know our fellow classmates and faculty because of the smaller class sizes. “Dinner with the Professors” is only one of the many events that provide the opportunity for students to interact with one another as well as with the ChBE faculty.

Battalion Commander of OU’s Army ROTC

Ross Lowry

Ross Lowry,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 28 September 2014

This Fall I have the awesome opportunity of being our school’s Army ROTC Battalion Commander, which means I am in charge of the nearly 130 Cadets who are participating in Army ROTC. ROTC stands for the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps and is the largest commissioning source of Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Some of you may have even seen us this past weekend at the football game tailgating at Bicentennial Park!

As a Senior Cadet, I am involved with the planning of all of our training events. Right now, we are planning a weekend Field Training Exercise at Camp Dawson, West Virginia. Some of the events that we have planned include going through an obstacle course, conducting land navigation, and possibly an electronic simulation training which is pretty much a glorified video game, but a great training opportunity nonetheless. We also have the opportunity next month to go to the shooting range and allow our Cadets to qualify with M16 rifles.

The reason why I am enrolled in Army ROTC is due to the fact that I have always desired to serve in the U.S. Army as well as the hope of someday being a helicopter pilot. Being an ETM major and a Cadet has proven to be quite challenging, but just as rewarding as well. I have been able to establish a lot of great friendships in ROTC and within the Russ College that I know will last longer than any job or career I may have ahead of me.

Army ROTC

Friends and Fun at the Climbing Wall

Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 September 2014

The rock climbing wall here at Ohio University may seem like the climbing wall at any other school, but it really isn’t. See, people who aren’t regulars at this second home of mine may miss out on the close community we have developed in the Ping Center. Friends of all ages and years of school come together and have a great time together and work out and rock climb.

Sometimes school gets stressful, and when it does there is always a cushiony place to fall into, and it’s not the rubber padding at the bottom of the wall. In fact, it’s the people who are there for you the entire way up that plastic, hold-covered wall. I have to say that most of my friends outside of my engineering courses have been made here, and they are all wonderful.

Here at Outdoor Pursuits, there is not just a climbing wall. There are plenty of hidden adventures any student can go on if they’d like. There’s anything from back-country backpacking trips to canoeing adventures to even rock climbing expeditions. For anyone who would like to get their fix of outdoor adventures while still managing to be successful in school, Outdoor Pursuits is the place to go.

ALT

Fall Season is Here!

Rachel Fryan

Rachel Fryan,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 26 September 2014

Fall is in full swing here at Ohio University. Even though the temperature is in the high 70s/low 80s, it is still fall. My favorite thing about the campus is its beauty, and fall is the prettiest time of year around here. All the trees start changing color and it is just a busy time of year. All the fall sports are in full swing so there is always something to do or go to. Also Homecoming is right around the corner, which is always a fantastic time in Athens.

Other than extra curricular activities, school is in full swing as well. I am taking a victory lap because I am pursuing a double major and am also on the
OU women’s soccer team
, but it is still hard to believe I am 1/3 of the way through my last fall semester of college. It is a bittersweet relationship. Everyone who is not in college says to enjoy this time, but I am certainly ready to move on and start working.

This week we had a Career Fair with the university as well as one for only the Russ College. It is nice we have an exclusive career fair, because you know going into it, companies are looking strictly for people in engineering and technology. I have gotten a few interviews and I’m looking forward to moving on in the career process, which will hopefully result in a full-time job soon.

ASCE Tour of On-Campus Construction

Nick Sparks

Nick Sparks,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 25 September 2014 -

Being president of two separate student organizations I am in the process of getting activities organized that will be fun for all. As a civil engineering student there are quite a few projects that are going on around campus that are great real-life learning tools. The biggest project going on right now is the South Green Dorms. For the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) we scheduled a tour. The project engineer took us around the grounds and inside two of the four buildings.

ASCE Tour

As a senior I will not a get a chance to live in these new dorms or go inside but, seeing the structure and all the inner workings was a great learning tool.

ASCE Tour

The new dorms are using a building method that has never been done before on campus. The entire building is made out of precast concrete. A precast building comes in sections that are made off site and transported to the job site. This means that the building can go up in the matter of weeks instead of months.

ASCE Tour

These new dorms are also going to have office spaces and there are rooms set aside for student use like workout room, study room, and can be a classroom if needed.

ASCE Tour

As a civil engineer it is cool to get out to a job site and see how what we are learning in class can be used in a structure.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

Julie Stenger

Julie Stenger,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2014

My senior year started off with a bang. I didn’t have very much time to kick it into high gear on my time management skills, as I became involved with a number (read “too many”) activities this year.

Last year I was in Phi Sigma Pi, a coed National Honor Society, and was a scuba diving teaching assistant. In addition to those, this year I am an Engineering Ambassador and a Learning Community Leader; I play intramural soccer; and I am the president of Pi Tau Sigma, the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

On top of that I started Senior Design this fall, plus my other classes. “I must be crazy for taking on all these activities” and “which organization should I drop to keep my sanity?” were things that initially went through my head this year.

However, as time went on I realized that I couldn’t drop any of them without being disappointed in myself:

  • I love being an Engineering Ambassador and becoming friends with people in other majors as well as having the opportunity to talk to prospective students and their families about why Ohio University and Russ College is the greatest place to be.
  • Being president of an organization also makes me feel accomplished and proud to be a leader of others and to do good things for our school
  • Scuba diving is my get-away from engineering and the opportunity to get to go to Florida every semester for free is never something I could quit!
  • Finally, as a Learning Community Leader I get to interact with freshmen all the time and I appreciate that I get to make them excited about Ohio University and school, as well as being able to sort of live my freshman year again vicariously through them!

There isn’t one thing I would drop and it’s helped me learn to be better organized. Despite how much time they take up and stress they create, I greatly appreciate that I get to be involved in my school and meet tons of new people all the time. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!