Category Archives: Mechanical Engineering

Being a Learning Community Leader

Justin Lumbard

Justin Lumbard,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH dd Month 2014

Back in Spring Semester, I was approached about being a Learning Community Leader. I only had a brief idea of what that actually meant, but my advisor, Dr. Bob, told me that he thought I would be good at it and that it would be a good opportunity for me. So, late last summer, I was trained as a student leader for the Learning Community program. This program seeks to give students a head start in some of their studies as well as the social aspect of being in college. It is a great forum for meeting new people that have similar interests.

This semester, I was the Learning Community Leader for a group of undecided engineers under Dr. Masel as the faculty leader. Because they were undecided students, we were able to show them the different engineering disciplines that they could decide to study. Beyond that though, I believe the new students were able to get a great head start in meeting other people and get acclimated to the new environment that they would be in for the next four to five years.

Personally, this experience was a great experience for me also. I was able to get exposure to helping plan classes and events that the students were able to go to, such as a hockey game and a night of jazz at one of the local places on campus. I also was able to lead study sessions to help students when they had upcoming exams or to review past assignments.

Finally, though, I think we all had fun. The classes were informative for the students but they were never dry or boring. We were able to do projects in class that were engineering related but also helped develop team working skills and friendships. One example of this was the class where we built towers out of simple sheets of paper and masking tape.

Learning Community

The objective was to build a tower to hold as much weight as possible with as few sheets of paper. We had a scoring system, but one team was able to build a tower that held every book, as well as 50 pounds of paper, that we had in the class room.

Paper Tower

The learning community experience was a great growing opportunity for myself, as well as the students who took the class.

Spending Time at the Dog Park

Justin Lumbard

Justin Lumbard,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 November 2014

As busy as engineering can be, it is important to make sure to enjoy the little parts about college that really make it the experience that it should be. At the end of last year, I adopted a puppy (Cookie) because I enjoy the company and attention a canine friend gives you at the end of the long days studying.

Cookie

Recently, I discovered a really nice dog park right on campus that I often take Cookie to. She is the kind of dog that never actually gets tired and can outrun almost any other dog that she has ever come across. Fortunately for me, there are almost always several other dogs at the park that will attempt to wear her out, and when there are not, Cookie and I have been trying to learn the obstacle course as a sort of game for her.

Cookie

It is always good to have a nice sunny day to remind engineers what the outside world is actually like this late in the semester. Having a dog while in college can be stressful, but the company is absolutely worth it in the end.

Cookie

This time at the dog park, the dogs were in prime form. I hadn’t seen them run so much in such a small amount of time. Being the engineer that I am, one of these days I will rig up a GPS to Cookie’s collar to see how far they actually run while they are there.

Family Ties

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 November 2014

It’s my favorite time of year again: time for the holidays and family gatherings. Every year after the first week of November, my mom’s siblings and their families get together at my Aunt Kim’s house in Parkersburg, WV for Thanksgiving. Since my Papa, my mom’s dad, passed away thirteen years ago in early November, we have made it a priority each year to get together and re-strengthen the family ties. I have been looking forward to this weekend since the end of summer, especially because this year was at our house in central Ohio.

Family

I was able to spend time with some of my favorite people during this reunion, and it was a much needed break from the chaos of senior year. I talked to my aunts Becki and Sherii about my future plans of mission work in South Asia and coddled my four month old cousin for as long as her mom could stand to give her up. We also celebrated my older brother Josh’s recent engagement!

Family

Family is super important to me, and this time of Thanksgiving giving way into Christmas and New Year’s is all about family. I can’t wait to be home for Thanksgiving break and hopefully have my brothers who live in southern Ohio and North Dakota home as well. Then the day after Thanksgiving, it will finally be socially acceptable to put up Christmas decorations and listen to Christmas music non-stop. The time is so near, friends!

Leading the Scuba Diving Class Trip

Julie Stenger

Julie Stenger,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 20 October 2014

This past weekend I traveled to Williston, Florida for the scuba diving class checkout trip. As the teaching assistant for the class, I spent a lot of hours planning and scheduling this trip and felt exhausted by the time 5:15 A.M. Thursday morning rolled around when it time to board the bus for the trip down. We got to Devil’s Den Spring in Florida at midnight Thursday and spent Friday morning diving in the spring, which is on a private farm and has crystal clear waters.

Scuba Trip

We had nothing planned for the rest of the day and instead of spending time hanging out by ourselves, a few of the students decided to ask our instructors if we could travel to Universal Studios theme park. Much to my surprise they said yes so we loaded up the van and traveled an hour and a half to Orlando. We got to spend 4 jam packed hours exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, riding the Incredible Hulk multiple times, and eating a delicious, and expensive, meal at the Hard Rock Café.

Scuba Trip

We dived in the den again on Saturday morning and spent the afternoon snorkeling down Rainbow River. That night we had a bonfire and even wound up crashing a wedding next door!

This weekend was the perfect mid-semester break from classes despite how hectic it was. Scuba diving at Ohio University has opened me up to a lot of opportunities in the past two years that I will forever be grateful for. Not only have I been able to get good at an incredible activity that I will be able to participate in for the rest of my life, but I have met countless amazing people throughout my time and made memories to last forever.

Scuba Trip

I encourage everyone to take a class in something they love doing. It makes school a lot more fun and breaks up the regular routine. Ohio University has numerous programs available and scuba diving is just one potentially life changing class! Get involved!

Being Involved: Marching 110 and Cru

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 October 2014

In October of my junior year of high school, I visited Ohio University for the first time to watch my older brother perform with the Marching 110 at a football game. I remember how exciting the halftime performance was and how much the crowd loved the band. I was so proud of my brother, and that visit was a big part of my decision to come to OU.

I auditioned for the band before my freshman year and have been a member all four years. Although it can be overwhelming and exhausting, it really is one of my favorite things about OU. I absolutely love performing at halftime and experiencing the crowd’s reaction, especially after a dance chart. It’s hard to explain that rush we get on the field, knowing that we’re a part of something that brings so much joy and energy to a stadium full of people. The 110 was recently named the ‘Nation’s Best College Marching Band’, which is such an honor, but we don’t do what we do for titles. Our goals every week are to perform to the best of our abilities, entertain the crowd, and have a ton of fun! If we do that, we’ve done our job.

As much as I love being in the 110, my involvement in Cru is what gives me life. I lead a community group of girls on East Green, and many of my best friends are in my Action Group of East Green leaders (pictured).

Action Group of East Green leaders

I love the opportunity I get to work with these awesome ladies and watch how God is growing them! At Fall Retreat last weekend, I made the decision to apply for STINT (Short Term International) with Cru for a year after graduation. It’s not official yet, but I may be ministering to college students in Asia next year, which is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My path has definitely been shaped by the things I love, both band in getting me to attend OU and Cru in sharing my faith after leaving.

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!

Focusing on My Final Year

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 9 September 2014

It’s the third week of fall semester, and I’m still having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that this is my last year here at OU. I know I still have two whole semesters before graduation, but I just can’t believe how quickly time is flying by.

This past summer, I interned at Owens Corning Science & Technology Center in Granville, OH in a design role. I loved my time there and learned so much about myself and my abilities in the technical world, as well as the wealth of opportunities available to me after graduation. This looks awesome on paper, but it’s also a little overwhelming. I have to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life, whether that be graduate school, starting my career in engineering, or doing something else entirely like full-time ministry. But, one of the greatest pieces of advice I received from a mentor at Owens Corning was to enjoy my college experience and to soak in every moment and opportunity while at OU. So, that’s exactly what I’m focused on doing this year.

These first few weeks back at school have been a whirlwind. I have been getting to know my Senior Design group and project, performing with the Marching 110, meeting with students to share with them the Good News about Jesus, getting inducted as an engineering ambassador (pictured below), and studying how osteoplast and osteoblast cells relate to the mechanics of bone fracture. My life may seem like a bit of a smorgasbord right now, but I’m loving every single minute!

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