Category Archives: Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering

Benefits of Theta Tau

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 8 April 2014 – By the end of my freshman year, I had close friends I had been in class with all year. Some of them had joined an engineering fraternity and somehow convinced me to try it. Theta Tau turned out to be one of the best things I could have gotten involved in at Ohio University and Russ College.

Theta Tau is a professional engineering co-ed fraternity founded in 1904 with the Ohio University, Rho Beta chapter being established in 1988. All different majors in Russ College can join the organization and it’s a great way for different majors to meet each other and learn about different disciplines. The current exec board is composed of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Computer Science majors.

Theta Tau

It’s also a great organization to learn from older students and seniors in Russ College. Learning leadership skills and gaining experience in organizing and communicating with others are benefits from involvement in Theta Tau. The professional fraternity is involved in community service in the Athens community, professional development activities on campus and also intramural sports.

I’m currently the chair for community service and this year we have helped at the Pawpaw Festival, supported a Good Works Friday Night Life dinner, and will be participating in the Athens B-day.

  • The Pawpaw Festival is a community event held at Lake Snowden in honor of Ohio’s state fruit, the pawpaw. Animals are not allowed to be taken in to the festival so the local Friends of the Dog Shelter dog-sit while their owners are able to walk around. We volunteered as a group, watching over and playing with the dogs.
  • Good Works puts on a Friday Night Life dinner sponsored by a different group every week. One week this winter, we cooked a chili dinner for 150 community members at Friday Night Life.
  • Athens Beatification Day is a large volunteer event organized by OU’s Student Senate which involves over 2,000 students giving back to the Athens community. Theta Tau has participated as a group the past couple of years.

Joining Theta Tau my sophomore year has given me the chance to become close friends with engineers in other disciplines, to learn from seniors in Chemical Engineering and develop some friendships I’m sure will last much longer than our time here at OU.

Theta Tau

Preparing for P&G After Graduation

Nichole Lowe

Nichole Lowe,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 25 February 2014 – Ohio University, specifically Russ College, has allowed me to reach my goals. When I graduate, I will be working for Procter & Gamble Research and Development for their Beauty department. Since my freshman year, I have always known that P&G was my dream company. The education here at OU prepared me to be successful in two internships for P&G which led to my full-time job offer.

There is also a lot of assistance here beyond the academics. I had my resumé looked at by the Russ College co-op office and even did a mock interview to prepare myself. Another important resource on OU’s campus that I used sophomore year for my job interview was the quiet rooms provided at Baker for phone and Skype interviews. This was very useful because I did not have to worry about anyone interrupting my interview or having a lot of background noise.

Now that I have already accepted my full time job offer, I am currently in the process of preparing my new apartment. This has truly been an exciting time for me. Despite living in apartments here at OU for two years, getting an apartment for my job feels more official. This process has made me realize that I am truly entering into the real world. Furniture and apartment shopping has been the highlight of the post-graduation plans.

It’s exciting to already know what I will be doing when I graduate and to reflect on the four great years I’ve had as an Ohio university student. I look forward to graduation day and receiving my diploma so I can officially call myself an Ohio University Alum.

Looking at Graduate School

Colton Moran

Colton Moran,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2014 – So you spend 4 years slugging it out with core classes, trying to find the best general education courses, that you’re interested in, that hopefully won’t be too demanding if your schedule is already looking rough, and getting involved with your academic community. After all this time, after the good the bad and the ugly you come up to a point where you have to make one of the biggest decisions of your life. That is where I stand this day, deciding (after 4 year of hard work) whether to get a job or go to graduate school. It seems like just a few months ago I was a freshman looking at the beginning of my collegiate career and here I am sliding down the tail end.

Many of my friends have decided to go into industry but I don’t think I’m quite done with the “good ole years”. I have my eyes set on graduate school and let me tell you, it can be an exciting and overwhelming task to find the perfect school. First I had to take those 4 years previously mentioned and wrap them up, polish them and present them on 1 piece of paper (my resumé). Then I had to search for the schools that are at the top of the field of energy engineering. Once I found the schools I narrowed them down by looking at their current research and active professors. All the while I spent studying for the GRE which is always a pleasure (Not too bad for us engineers!!). Then the biggest moment of them all comes, submitting the accumulation of your life to the schools of your choice. I sent in resumés, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a multitude of essays. Then the waiting game begins.

Luckily for me I got into the three schools I applied to and I am currently set up to visit them. I still have Ohio University on my list of schools as well. This exploration and decision will be in chapter 2 of (What to do after my undergraduate degree).

Purdue
Ga Tech

NC State
Ohio

Winter in Athens

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 17 February 2014 – Winter in Athens is great because there’s still so many ways to get outside and have fun. As long as it’s not too far below freezing there are plenty of things to do to not be cooped up inside. This year I’ve gotten to go sledding, go hiking out on a frozen Dow Lake and make a great snowman! (There have been a lot of good snowmen and forts around town from our snow days this year.)

Snowman

Sadly there aren’t many ski resorts very close to Athens. Mad River Mountain, about 2 hours away, is a place near Bellefontaine, Ohio which luckily has great deals for college students. Every Friday of the season Mad River has college night where lift tickets and rentals are fairly cheap for anyone with a college ID. I’ve had the chance to go a couple of times this winter which always ends up a fun time. So as everyone prepares for their trips to Panama and Daytona this Spring break, myself and a group of ten other engineers will be heading west for a week of snowboarding and skiing! Instead of adventuring south for a week of lying on the beach in the sun we’ve opted to head to West Virginia to brave the wild mountains at Timberline Resort.

No matter how mild or crazy the winter is, this time of year is still fun in Athens and it’s always easy to get outside and avoid cabin fever.

Traveling to the Bobcat Bowl Game

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 24 December 2013 – On Saturday, December 21st, 350 Ohio University students boarded buses across the state. We were all gearing up for a trip to Florida to support our Bobcat football team in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl! Everyone traveling had purchased a ticket for a bus ride down to St. Petersburg, Florida, one night in the Sirata Beach Resort and a ticket to get in the Tropicana Field for the game. I had bought a ticket along with two of my roommates. Out of the 50 students on the bus, they were the only ones I knew. By the time we were headed back home, though, my roommates and I had gained a busload of new friends.

Bobcat Bowl Game

The total travel time including stops took 22 hours from Columbus, so we had plenty of time to hang out and chat with our fellow Bobcats on the bus. The bus ride turned out to be a lot of fun, meeting everyone and finding out how many of us had connections by mutual friends back in Athens. By the time we got to Florida everyone on the bus basically knew each other and were ready for a fun evening in St. Pete. The 110 and the East Carolina band played on the beach, which was awesome to watch, and a block party was set up for both OU and ECU students.

Bobcat Bowl Game

On the 23rd everyone loaded on to the buses again to get to the indoor Tropicana Field for the game. My roommates and I got great seats and prepared ourselves to cheer on the Bobcats! While standing in the bleachers surrounded by yelling students and OU fans, I once again realized how much of a community Ohio University is. Because of our love for this amazing school we all immediately had a commonality and a sense of belonging with each other. Although we ended up losing the game, we had a great time getting to travel and cheer on our awesome Bobcats on the field.

Fall Unit Ops Lab

Nichole Lowe

Nichole Lowe,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 2 December 2013 – This Fall, my biggest project was in my senior unit ops lab. The project consisted of a pre-lab, completing the lab and finally a post-lab. We were separated into groups at the beginning of the semester and this was the first time our class has ever had to do this.

The senior Unit Ops Lab carries on into the second semester of our senior year so we knew they were preparing us for next semester. The pre-lab took longer than any of us expected. The pre-lab had to include the introduction, theory, a very detailed description of how we were going to do the lab and finally the results that we expected based on theoretical data.

The hardest part was the theory. We had to make sure that the theory flowed in a logical order that matched the way we were doing the experiment. Also the theory was hard because we were given a very basic description of the problem and had to put everything we have learned in college together on our own.

Prior to being able to complete the lab, we had to meet with our professor for a pre-lab meeting. Our professor had to make sure that we understood all the safety requirements while working in the lab and that we would record all necessary information to prevent us from needing to redo the lab. Every member of the group had to have an understanding of the project or else we would not have been allowed to go to lab. Performing the lab procedure was the easiest part of the project. All groups were scheduled for three hour time slots.

The final part of the project was the post lab. Writing the post lab was definitely easier compared to the pre-lab, but it did require a heavy amount of analyzing data. Overall despite its difficulty the project was definitely helpful. I believe it will help me in my future career in research & development, because of the similarities in tasks. It was a fun challenge for us to overcome.

Undergraduate Research in Breast Cancer Detection

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 November 2013 – The spring semester of my sophomore year I applied through my Advisor for an Undergraduate Research Assistant position in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. I had the privilege of being hired under
Dr. Monica Burdick
to help in her cancer therapeutics and diagnostics research. Currently I help with one of her projects in collaboration with two other researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. The research concerns identification of proteins that target specific ligands on breast cancer cells. Ultimately the research would be used to detect and or combat early metastasis, the spread, of breast cancer cells.

This great position, provided by federal funding Dr. Burdick received for research, has given me the opportunity to learn a great deal about standard experiments and procedures used in research and the industry today for biomedical and biomolecular engineering. I will someday be able to take this knowledge and experience into a co-op or my first job after graduation. It has also given me a chance to not only learn from Dr. Burdick, but also her graduate students and other undergraduate students. I feel it has also helped me to apply the knowledge from research to my classes and vice versa.

Undergraduate research is a fantastic way for students to get involved and gain valuable experience in a field while still taking classes.