Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 10 December 2013 – The weather in Ohio is always changing. A few weeks ago, right before Thanksgiving, it was snowing so bad people were afraid to drive home, last week it was so warm people were in shorts, and then fast-forward to today and the snow is back. The constant change of the weather is one of my favorite parts of living in Ohio and being at Ohio University.
We have such a wide range of traditions at OU for each type of weather. When it is warm out the students flock to South Beach, which has basketball courts, volleyball courts, and large fields to utilize in whatever way you want from laying in the sun to LARPING. When it is snowing, most people love to take whatever rectangular shaped object they can find to one of our many large hills and go sledding! There is never a dull moment in Athens, there is always something to do, no matter the weather.
My favorite thing to do when it is warm out is to simply walk around and admire how beautiful our campus is. There are so many trees and so much interesting architecture, you always find something new to enjoy. One of my favorite parts of the winter is people watching. Whenever there is snow on the ground the pace at which people walk instantly decreases. I am constantly entertained by the connection you seem to have when strangers, friends, and I are all slipping from class to class together.
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 8 December 2013 – During the past two years I have been involved with American society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and every year in March we compete against other schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky with our concrete canoes. Yes, we make concrete float and race them with up to 4 people in the canoe.
Although the competition isn’t until March, we spend the entire school year preparing by constructing a mold and designing a new concrete mix because the specifications change every year. The past two years we have tried to do something we have never done before. Last year we did an injection mold and this year we are using per stressed wires.
Per stressed wires is something we wanted to give a try but problems keep showing up for our first test. First, we had to come up with a way of keeping the wires from being pulled out of the concrete after the tension is released. We need to have some object attached to the wire that will not move and provide contact points throughout the concrete walls. So we decided to use crimping nuts.
Secondly, we need to keep the wires off the mold so that they are in the middle of the wall to provide the best strength. We have decided to use flat head screws and drill them into the mold at a desired distance and the wire will rest in the grove of the screw head. Finally, we need to add about 100 to 150 pounds of tension to the 18 wires. We have decided to go with using a turn buckle to reach the right tension. A scale model with all of our solutions will be conducted the beginning of spring semester.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 2 December 2013 – Coming from a small school where I had gone my whole life, I had no idea how I was going to be thrown into living in a dorm with a bunch of strangers. I hadn’t had many opportunities to make new friends, and even then it was always on my own terms. As it turned out, dorm life would be one of my favorite things about school.
I lived on East Green my freshman year in a freshman honors dorm. The floor I lived on was divided into boys and girls. I had a roommate (fashion design???) and my half of the floor shared a bathroom (cleaned daily!). After about a week of hiding in my room and talking to my high school friends on the internet, I was soon brought out of my shell, and that first quarter (before the switch to semesters) was better than any of my expectations. My whole floor became one big family. We were always spending free time in each others’ rooms, going to meals and events together, and staying up late watching movies and building blanket forts. Even my roommate and I were total opposites but we still got along well. Four years later we still have “2nd floor reunion” dinners and catch up on each others’ lives.
It’s my senior year and I am still living with two of the girls from my freshman dorm. I have met so many cool people at OU between marching band, my classes, and other student organizations. As a Bobcat, I really do feel a sense of family with everyone at Ohio. Even so, my college dorm friends are some of the best friends I’ve made and we definitely plan on staying in touch after graduation.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 24 September 2013 –
This year I am in the mechanical Engineering Senior Design Class. There are 4 other people on my team and we are working with ATCO/Passion Works. This is a local company that employs individuals with disabilities to create works of art. One of their main projects is the Passion Flowers. There are many different sizes of these flowers and are very popular in the Athens area. The goal for my senior design group is to invent a system to clean ink off of the metal sheets from the local newspapers. These metal sheets are painted and then constructed into the flower formation you see here.
Right now we are developing a design for this system. The process has been rather extensive and yet, so much fun! We have done tests and really got to get our hands dirty with these sheets. I have learned so much from this experience about how much really goes into the design process. Not only do we get to design this system, but we also get to manufacture and implement it. We can really make a difference for this company and that is truly heartwarming. This is a yearlong project and we get to see it from beginning to end. This class can really give you a feel for industry.
While we go through this process, I have gotten to know my classmates really well. The opportunity to work with those whose minds work differently is a challenge and a learning experience. It is eye opening to how creative some of my friends are and can be. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with these people and to do something great for the community!
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 19 November 2013 – The Nelsonville bypass is an 8.5 mile road around the city of Nelsonville, Ohio, not far from Ohio University in Athens. It was completed and open to the public in October 2013. About three weeks after completion my transportation class took a field trip to visit specific areas on the bypass so that we might have a better understand how designing and constructing a road way through a wooded area will impact the wildlife.
The ODOT officials who were responsible for overseeing the project went along so that they could explain what measures were taken to protect the wildlife. We made two stops throughout the trip, including one where we got to go under the road at an overpass and one so that the ODOT officials could explain and show how they are trying to reduce the number of deer on the road.
Our first stop was to see how the overpass was helping the wildlife. This overpass was put in for the animals so that they are able to cross under the road instead of having to cross on top of the road. Also the Wayne National Forest had built bat boxes and they were attached to the concrete under the overpass. (Click for a larger version of the image.)
Our second stop was to see the deer fence. This fence travels along the entire length of the road on both sides and is eight feet tall. This is to prevent deer from getting onto the road way and getting hit by cars. This fence leads up to the overpass so that it acts like a funnel and is able to direct deer from one side to the other.
• 8.5 miles and cost over $160 million
• 26.6 million cubic yards of earthwork
• 18 bridges
• Over 200 thousand square yards of concrete pavement
• Over 150 thousand square yards of asphalt pavement
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I’ve got great news–I accepted a full time job offer from Gosiger last week! And the crazy thing is…I don’t even graduate until December of 2014! It was a great feeling when they said “we want to extend you a job offer.” And after all the incentives and everything else they offered I accepted it!
Gosiger is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Distributor and Engineering Solutions company. They’re located in Dayton, Ohio and I will be working there this summer and will start full time after I graduate.
I really love the Russ College of Engineering and Technology because of how well they prepared me for this opportunity; both in the sense of technical skills, but also how to do a job interview. This is completely different from applying for a job at your local restaurant and temp hire during the summer. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER!
I feel really blessed and thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been presented with. I’ll be a Sales Engineer at Gosiger. As an Engineering Technology and Management student, I was able to achieve my certificate in Technical Sales during my stay at OU. I would highly recommend it because it helped me become a much more well-rounded individual in the business side of engineering because ETM students already are required to minor in business.
You might be wondering to yourself, “Self, I bet he had to stay a whole extra semester/year to earn a certificate in Technical Sales.” Fact is I didn’t. I was able to substitute my technical electives for sales electives.
If you’re interested in the sales centre, here is a link to their website.
If I were to explain it on this blog, it would be at least a few pages long! A career in sales is not what everyone thinks it is. It is a very rewarding career that I’m ecstatic about and can’t wait to start my career in January 2015!
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 12 November 2013 – I came to Ohio University undecided as to what engineering major I wanted to pursue. Halfway through my freshman year, I decided that Industrial and Systems Engineering was the right fit for me. Not long after that, I decided I wanted to become more involved with the engineering, specifically the Industrial and Systems Engineering department.
At the end of my freshman year, I decided to join the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). IIE can offer a lot for its members. Normally three to four times during the academic year, IIE provides students with the opportunity to tour various industries. Industrial and Systems Engineers can work in a variety of settings, so being able to tour different facilities certainly helps students understand what Industrial and Systems Engineers do. It also helps you understand what type of career path you want to take following graduation. As an added bonus, students don’t have to worry about paying for the tour because IIE pays for the tour itself and transportation.
Last week, IIE took a trip to Columbus to tour Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It was interesting when one of the associates of the hospital presented an example of a typical project she was working on. She explained how she is working to reduce the waiting time for their patients to see a doctor. She continued by explaining the different tools and techniques she used to reduce the waiting time, some of which are very similar to what we have learned in class.
After touring the hospital, I feel sure that working in a hospital setting would be an ideal option for me. It allowed be to see what I’ve enjoyed learning in class in a professional setting. I enjoy being around people and I feel it would be rewarding knowing I’ve improved different processes and systems within the hospital and how these improvements could impact the lives of so many individuals. I’m really fortunate to have joined IIE because it has taught me what I enjoy and what I want to do after graduation.