Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 28 October 2012 – Halloween is always a huge deal here in Athens. Since it will be my last Halloween here as a student, my friend Adam and I decided to go all out. We made our costumes from a video game that we always played as kids and have had a connection with as we grew up. We were Cyrax and Sektor from the Mortal Kombat series.
The only difficult part of the costume was the helmets. The rest of the costume was just protective pads that we spray painted to be the appropriate color. To create the helmet we used an Iron Man mask, baseball helmet and some P-Tex scraps from a previous project. We used a Dremel to trim the brim off of the baseball helmet and the Iron Man mask to get the correct shape and look. Then we used some super glue and epoxy to connect all of the components. After the helmet was set we taped it off so that we could spray all of the details on.
There weren’t very many people that recognized us, but the ones who did were really excited. We were both happy with the way they turned out and had an awesome Halloween weekend!
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 30 September 2012 – This semester I am taking my capstone class ETM 4620. This is a class that combines everything we’ve learned into one semester. This class does a great job of preparing me for the future in the technology field from group work to being set on a strict timeline with no exceptions. The class is split into three teams, five members per team, and each team has to design a product to be made for the class. Part of the class is operations management so we have to manage our time using a set schedule so we have all the kinks worked out by the time we head to our production run near the end of the semester. Time management is very crucial for this project and it is helping me stay on task and not procrastinate my work.
My group has designed a drink coaster set with a case to hold them. The coaster will have an Ohio University logo engraved on them and the box will have a glass insert in the lid with an OU logo etched into it as well. We are in the middle of a prototype build, with all intentions of fixing any flaws before we start making specialized tooling for our production run.
Eric Biggens, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 11 April 2012 – Senior year as an engineering student can be quite hectic. Luckily for me though, I finished my senior capstone class last quarter and I am taking my very last engineering class right now. With so much extra time on my hands, I decided to enroll in a few 1-credit hour classes for fun as I finish up my senior year. I am taking golf, kayaking, and an astronomy lab, which are all very fun.
Ohio University offers many different classes for anyone to take, which is awesome. You can take so many classes like the ones I mentioned, plus bowling, fitness classes, wilderness survival, whitewater rafting, scuba diving and many more. One thing I would encourage other students to do is take classes like these for fun throughout their time at OU. It is a great way to unwind and take a step back from all the class work, which can get overwhelming at times.
I am very excited to be finishing my college career on a good note. It’s really nice to have extra time this quarter to reflect on the past four years at Ohio University, which have been the best I could have ever asked for.
Eric Biggins, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 5 March 2012 – For the past two quarters, I have been taking my senior capstone class. In the Engineering Technology and Management program, our Professor splits our class up into four groups where each group has to design a product from the ground up to be manufactured in a production run at the end of the quarter.
My group was the first one to go in the class in which we built 26 small cabinets in 6 hours. It may not seem like much at first, but we put in an awful lot of work into our project. We started off by designing the product and making 3-D drawings of it in SolidEdge. Next, we had to build a prototype and all of the tooling that we were going to use in our production run in order to make the multiple batches of the same parts within specification. Along with all of the tooling and drawings we had to make, we also had to make a bill of materials, product structure, cost sheets, flow charts for the movement of parts throughout the lab and much more.
The whole scope of the project is to understand how a real manufacturing facility operates with all of the inputs of a process to come out with a finished product. The ETM senior capstone is a lot of fun, and it gives us seniors the chance to put everything we have learned together in one final project.
Bradley Lang, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 29 February 2012 – It is two weeks before finals and the most important part about engineering is time management. All the time the last couple of weeks before finals the teacher gives everybody a final project that ties everything that was learned over the quarter and puts it all together to see if you have learned anything. In my classes I have two huge projects that I am currently working on. One is dimensional metrology using all of the calculations that we have learned over the quarter. In another class my group is putting together a prototype of our nightstand that we have designed in my senior design class. We are checking our design concepts to see if this product is actually able to make in production run. So we are actually having to look forward into the future and try to predict what will make our production run smoother and achievable next quarter.