Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 29 October 2013 – I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers and we got to go to the national conference in Baltimore, Maryland last week. The conference was really interesting; there were a lot of seminars on both days and a giant career fair on the second day. A few of the seminars I went to were about things you don’t think about when you are looking to your future. One was about how to deal with having a family and being an engineer, and another was about how to decide if relocating for your job would be worth it.
I found the seminars to be really helpful in a couple of different ways. Being that having a family is a ways off for me, I had never really given much thought before to juggling a family and a career. I had also never considered all that goes into relocating. I knew that the cost of living is different in some places, but I never considered all of the other financial differences from one city to the next. The relocating seminar I went to handed out worksheets that helped you figure out how much money you would have left in your hand after you pay for all of your other expenses.
The career fair was also really cool to be a part of. There were so many big and small companies there looking for engineers for all different kinds of positions, from internships to full time positions. There were also representatives there for Graduate Schools. It was a little overwhelming, but it was a great experience overall.
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 28 October 2013 – This past March, I went to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) national conference in Indianapolis, IN. It took place from March 28th-31st. It was a great experience. I had the opportunity to meet several engineering students from different universities. As the vice president of the organization at the time, meeting other students gave me the opportunity to explore what other chapters were doing at their schools. I gained knowledge on new programs that would be great to incorporate for our own chapter at Ohio University.
The conference had so many professional development opportunities. Every day there was a long list of available professional development lectures/activities. My favorite was about working abroad. It weighed both the positives and negatives to relocating to another country during your career. They also had lectures on resume building, interviews, salary negotiations, career tips, etc. All of the lectures were hosted by prominent business men and women.
Another key part of the convention is the career fair which had more than 250 companies. The career fair had tons of fortune 500 companies. There were several companies that I was interested in (General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, DOW, Toyota, etc.) but hadn’t had the opportunity to ever speak with a representative prior to this fair. This was the first time our chapter had attended the national convention in a few years. We had about 22 members attend the conference.
It was such a great experience that our chapter will now be attending this year’s Regional Conference in Detroit, MI at the end of November and the 2014 National convention in Nashville, TN. Shown below is this year’s executive board for the Ohio University chapter of NSBE.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 19 October 2013 – Joining the Society of Women Engineers Ohio University Chapter was one of the best decisions I made my freshman year. It was able to provide me with the support I looked for when deciding if engineering was right for me. I was welcomed into my first meeting and was even able to talk afterwards with the president and other officers. They were able to give me great insight into what was ahead in the future years. I would not be where I am today without those ladies and will always be grateful.
This year I am the president of the SWE. Many times I have been able to return the favor to freshmen who were in my shoes 4 years ago. Right now, we are planning to attend the International SWE conference next week in Baltimore. Everyone in the organization is very excited and we cannot wait to see what they can teach us. At the conference we will be able to engage with professionals and explore careers at the world’s largest career fair. We hope to grow as an organization by interacting with other chapters and learning about what they do. While we travel to the conference, we hope to create a stronger bond between the members.
Last year, the conference was in Houston, Texas. We were fortunate enough to send 14 attendees plus one advisor.
We are always looking for new members to add to our chapter and hope to see you soon!
Junior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 8 April 2013 – It floats!!! That was the big news for the members of the Ohio University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This past weekend our student organization, which I am currently president of, competed in the Ohio Valley Student Conference in events such as concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental engineering, surveying, and technical paper competitions. We competed against other ASCE student chapters in the Ohio Valley region such as Ohio State University, Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Youngstown State University, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Western Kentucky University, and Cleveland State University, the conference host this year.
Our biggest accomplishment this weekend was launching a canoe and bringing it home in one piece. This is the fourth consecutive year our organization has built a concrete canoe, and this is the first time the canoe didn’t fail structurally in the water or during transport. I was personally captain of the environmental engineering team, we developed a bench scale column filter to remove phosphorous, the major component in fertilizer and a major contributor to toxic algal blooms, from simulated storm water. Although the results aren’t currently available, our independent tests yielded promising results.
The coolest thing about my team’s design was the implementation of iron pigment we derived from acid mine drainage near campus. Using this source of iron we are effectively treating two water quality issues with one product. The following link is to a story about our concrete canoe team; note that our canoe was affectionately dubbed the Yellow Submarine. If you take a look at the pictures it becomes apparent why.
Read the Russ College news release for more details on the competition.
Athens, OH 24 February 2013 – For the three years I have been in the Department of Aviation here at Ohio University undergoing flight training, I have been an active member of the fraternity, Alpha Eta Rho. The Omicron Upsilon chapter or “hangar” of the international flight oriented fraternity has been a major part of my college career varying from helping me study for check rides and certifications for flying to networking with other flight schools and industry professionals throughout the country. We have toured various aviation facilities including United Airline’s Washington’s Dulles flight operations to the freight operations of Air Net in Columbus, learning more and more into what each pilot job requires and what it takes to keep such large operations moving day to day.
Last year, our chapter participated in the first ever national conference hosted by the Omicron Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Ohio State University in Dublin, Ohio. All of our members
participated in breakout sessions varying from different subjects of fundraising to alumni connections. My breakout group worked on the national bylaws of the fraternity, which were run
by the president of the Fraternity, Capt. Robert H. Clement who had flown with Tom Cruise in the F-14 Tomcat for the shooting of the movie, Top Gun.
We are preparing to go to Kalamazoo, Michigan this April to attend the second annual Alpha Eta Rho National Conference, hosted by the Theta Chapter of Western Michigan University. We will be participating again with the other hangars from all across the country in the breakout sessions again and will be taking part in the Student Leaders in Aviation Conference, or SLACON.