Athens, OH 29 August 2014 –
Last year, I had the opportunity to co-op with L-3 Communications in Cincinnati, OH for two semesters. L-3 is known for its expertise in the areas of infrared detection and space & missile electronics. Due to a confidentiality agreement, I can’t tell you exactly what I did during my time at L-3, but the projects I worked on involved infrared detection.
The best part about having a co-op (aside from the money), is that you have the chance to apply the knowledge you gain from courses to the projects at hand. I felt like I had a better understanding of the material once I applied it to a real world problem. Another great thing about having a co-op is that you have the opportunity to learn new skills along the way. I was able to learn how to code in the programming language python, which will help me tremendously in the future.
The transition from the working world to back school life was strange at first, because I felt like my brain wanted to take an extended vacation–it wasn’t prepared for homework and exams again. But I moved back to Athens at the beginning of summer, once my co-op ended, and the only thing I can say is that it’s good to be back home.