Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – This fall semester I came across a wonderful opportunity working with Turner Construction Company on the Walter Field House. The Walter Field house consists of a full-size football field with a four lane track enclosing the field. Construction at the end of Spring semester and at the beginning of the Fall semester they started placing the vertical columns.
Now eight weeks into the project, they have 80 percent of the steel structure complete with walls being built every day. In addition, the roof is starting to cover nearly 25 percent of the structure. I get to work with the project superintendent, David Stanton. Therefore, I get to learn firsthand what all goes into the $12 million project. Furthermore, I am involved with Construction documentation, Quality assurance, Site coordination, and Information distribution. This experience is great and for this field house to be built on Ohio University’s campus is so cool to be a part of.
One of the coolest things to see is the roofing structure being built. This is because the field is an open area, the girders for the roof are massive, causing two sections to be placed at the same time in order to help support each other. They do this by using two cranes, lifting them at the same time, and placing them with less than a foot clearance at the peak of the structure.
Additionally, I work with a great group of guys. The foremen teach me something new every day I am there. Overall, this experience benefits me due to the fact that over the past two years I have been contemplating about going into construction management. It gives me great experience and I’ve learned that it is something I enjoy doing.
Athens, OH 10 September 2013 – This summer I had the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in the airline industry. I was fortunate enough to be invited to St. Louis by Trans States’ Director of Operations, Keith Stamper, an Ohio University Aviation alumnus, for a flight operations internship with the regional carrier, Trans States Airlines. The airline had originally started operations in the early 1980’s as Resort Air, later becoming Trans World Express for TWA, and now flying for United and US Airways.
While I was in St. Louis for the summer, I participated in a wide variety of airline operations, from rewriting the new-hire systems integration training on the Embraer jets to assisting with the company’s new hire interview process, by sitting in on the simulator evaluations in a Sabreliner simulator. Every day I went to work, I learned more and more about what it takes to run something as complex as a regional airline.
The mentors I had at the airline made as much effort as possible to expose me to the different aspects of an air carrier, giving me different tasks ranging from working on recurrent training programs for crew schedulers to meeting aircraft at the airport to audit and update the manuals on-board the aircraft. The company felt like one giant family, all working to achieve the same goal of making the airline better. I truly feel that by going and working with the airline’s management team, it was by far one of the best decisions of my career so far. After being a part of the Trans States family for the summer, I can’t wait to go back and be a part of the company as a pilot!
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 6 September 2013 – This past summer I did a co-op with General Electric in South Carolina. At first I was really nervous, I was moving to a new area and would be doing a job that I had no clue what it entailed. However, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made! I was placed in the Repair Development Center for Power and Water. I got to work on things such as gas turbine and jet engine parts. So cool!
I was assigned a manager, a technical leader, and a “buddy”, all of which turned out to be great assets to me. I still keep in contact with all three. They guided me through the summer with ease. Before long, I had dug right in to my projects.
One of my projects was focusing on optimizing a brazing and coatings process on a jet engine part. At first, I had no idea what that meant. So I had to do my research. I was able to talk to engineers and technicians in order to gain the knowledge of what I was working with and how I needed to fix it.
Throughout the entire summer I learned so much about myself and about engineering. One of the major lessons was that I can be confident in my engineering and technical skills. I had a blast over the summer and am looking forward to my career in engineering so much more now that I have had this experience!
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 3 September 2013 – This past summer I was a research and development intern at Procter & Gamble Duracell in Bethel, Connecticut. It was actually my second internship at this facility.
My experience in Bethel, CT was definitely one to remember. As a R&D intern I had the opportunity to run my own lab test on zinc particles inside of a AAA battery. I used three different analysis machines: the scanning electron microscope, Hirox digital microscope, and a particle size distribution test. These were all machines I had never used prior to this internship. It was great getting the chance to learn how to use them to complete my project.
My favorite part of the entire internship is that everyone treated me as if I was a full time employee. I was given my own office space and computer. The success of my project and therefore the rewards were all in my hands. At the end of my internship I was required to write a technical report on all my results as well as present to top level technical management at Duracell.
I took this opportunity because I have always wanted to work for P&G. I am very thankful for this experience, because when I graduate I will be a full-time employee at Procter & Gamble Hair Care & Color in Cincinnati, OH.
Athens, OH 15 April 2013 – It’s almost May, and that means one thing: graduation! As a senior I have watched as my friends fuss over getting resumes in order, finding a job, and moving their things out. However, I have none of these worries; after much deliberation, I decided to stay a fifth year.
I was skeptical at first, thinking that I needed to stay on track and graduate in four years, but there were so many reasons to stay! The biggest factors in my decision were my desire to complete 2 minors–Spanish and Meteorology–along with taking advantage of work opportunities that the Aviation program offers.
I minored in Spanish because I like the language and the culture, and it gives me another career option should I ever not be able to fly. A minor in Meteorology is very helpful when paired with my flight training; as pilots we are constantly affected by the weather and always need to know current conditions and be able to analyze data to predict future conditions.
I also plan on flight instructing for the university next year. As a Certified Flight Instructor I will be giving students the necessary training they need to get their Private Pilot Certificate and Commercial License. While instructing, I plan on applying for the position as co-pilot of OU’s King Air 350. This plane is used by Ohio University’s Air Transportation Service and provides transportation for employees.
And I am also excited to continue as an Engineering Ambassador for another year!