Fall Engineering & Technology Career Fair

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 22 September 2018

A little over a week ago, as I sat down at the beginning of class, my friend asked me if I was going to the career fair. I hadn’t read my email much that week, so I was extremely surprised to learn that it was only a week away.

If I am being honest, thinking about the career fair made me nervous. The previous two years I felt I could shrug it off because I was only a freshman/sophomore and had a research job. However, this year being a junior I knew I needed to go and try and get an internship for the summer, so I could have some hands-on experience to put on my future resumé. I had only attended the career fair once prior to this year’s and I only spoke to two employers, so my goal this year was to go in more confident and speak to several companies.

A few days before the career fair, I looked up all the companies offering electrical engineering internships and wrote down the ones that interested me, along with what they did. I wanted to make sure I would be able to hold a conversation with the employer, and not have a short chat where I could be easily forgotten. I also updated my resume and talked to a few of my friends that had success at previous career fairs.

On the day of the career fair after a couple of classes and dealing with a faulty printer, I headed over anxious but ready. Once I got to Stocker, I mustered up as much confidence as I could, put on my name tag, and looked for the first company I wished to speak to.

I spoke to five or six different companies and each conversation included shaking hands to introduce myself, telling them what I am interested in, answering questions about myself, and asking questions about their company.

Looking back on my second experience at the career fair, I can say I felt way more comfortable and confident speaking to the employers, and I am hopeful that I left a lasting impression on at least one. All in all, I think the career fair is a great experience to gain confidence and learn how to speak to employers.

My Summer as a Project Engineer

Haley Nau

Haley Nau,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 4 September 2018

A big stepping stone for me happened this summer with my first ever internship as a civil engineer. I was selected to work under a project engineer for Turner Construction Company in Columbus, Ohio. I was able to be a part of the team who was constructing Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s newest facility, Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.

Upon completion this building will become Americas largest pediatric behavioral health hospital and research center. It will reach nine stories tall and have two outdoor courtyards located on the upper levels along with an outdoor play deck located on the topmost floor.

Working with Turner on this project was a one-of-a-kind experience. Being just an intern, my tasks were menial but held a big impact. My main task being to
construct a Door Schedule Matrix, while although sounding simple at first, I learned quickly that doors are one of the most intricate parts of a building. From the material to dimensions to hardware, everything must be perfect or there’s risk of loss that can easily turn into a domino effect. And with 967 doors to track, it understandably took up a large part of my work week.

From Turner I was able to get a hands-on experience along with learning the technical portions. For the second half of the summer I was tasked with being the point of contact for our patient room mock-ups. Mock-ups are a sample of the finished product that the owners come to observe and to see if changes should be made before installation of said product, this prevents any extra cost down the road.

The mock-up I was assigned was a sample of an inpatient hallway which included 3 different types of patient bedrooms with a corridor, a common space and a quiet alcove. I had the opportunity to work alongside subcontractors and to be their point of contact during the process of fixing any discrepancies in the mock-up or coordinate any changes the owner wished to make.

This summer helped apply the knowledge I have gained through classes and I’m eager to continue on working in my field.

CS Internship at Fluor BWXT

Wesley Book

Wesley Book,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 2 September 2018

Over the past summer, I held an internship position with Fluor BWXT in Piketon, Ohio. This was my third summer with them as an intern. I’ve heard that some internships are kind of boring and unproductive, but my time with Fluor BWXT has been exciting and perfect for gaining resume building experience. This summer was no different.

We developed an internal web application that the IT department utilized to track support tickets and projects. On day one, we immediately started having design meetings and within a week, we were implementing those designs.

There are some advantages with developing an internal IT application. For example, you get immediate feedback from the users and management regarding the application. This allowed me to make career connections and that is very important when looking for future jobs. Also, it’s very cool to walk around the department offices and see other employees using an application you helped build.

One of the main benefits of my internship was being able to experience the agile development methodology first hand. Agile experience is a very good skill to under your belt.

During the on campus job fairs, I’ve found that potential employers are looking for people with experience. It doesn’t have to be 10 years of experience, they just want to know that you have at least experienced a normal software development work day and that you contributed to a team development project. At Fluor BWXT, that’s exactly what we did.

Overall, my internship experiences have been great. These experiences have certainly reinforced many of the concepts we, as computer science students, learn about each day at Ohio University.

Summer Engineering Internship at Chase

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 1 September 2018

This summer I worked at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, OH. When thinking about Chase as a financial institution, it was difficult to picture where an engineering intern like myself would fit in the organization. That changed dramatically when I began my internship in June. Walking into the corporate office for the first time, I was introduced to a modern work environment with ping pong tables, indoor trees, fountains and a multitude of computer screens displaying the importance of technology.

Within the first week, I met my fellow interns and we were assigned roles within an agile team and were introduced to the project that we would be working on for the duration of the summer. In a nutshell, we were tasked with creating a dashboard application used to monitor the health of various security applications within the firm. We had to build this application from the ground up while also creating documentation to ensure that this project could be picked up by future analysts.

Chase Engineering Interns

This all seemed quite jarring at first, considering I had only taken one programming class before and was very unfamiliar with coding. However, my intern group, all but one of them CS majors, taught me how to write basic programs and later assisted me with larger programs. Along with doing some moderate coding, I created documentation for the application and met with stakeholders to determine requirements.

Once the summer was over, we had created a fully functional application and completed documentation that outlined the functionality of the application. Along with that, I learned a lot about how to code, how to work in a corporate environment, and how to communicate more effectively in a professional manner.

Also, throughout the internship I grew close to the interns in my group and we had a lot of fun from our corporate New York trip, intern robot race, and going to karaoke to celebrate the last day of our summer internship. My internship at Chase was an opportunity that I truly treasure because of the things I learned and the amazing people that I met.

Summer Internship at General Mills

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 30 August 2018

When I imagined my summer internship, I envisioned a chemical plant complete with reactors and distillation columns. I expected pipe flow fluid dynamics or polymerization reactions. What I got was so much better. This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the General Mills Totino’s Pizza Roll and Party Pizza plant in Wellston, OH.

When I arrived at Wellston, I was given two projects. The first was to optimize glue usage across our pizza roll packaging systems. This required working with our glue supplier to perform an audit, finding out optimal glue usage settings, and then working with the maintenance team to make the adjustments. My favorite part of the project was learning about the packing machines from the operators. It was so much fun getting to know the operators and working with them while also learning about the process from the people who know it best.

My second project was to reduce cheese scrap on our pizza roll filling system. This project was a challenge for me, which meant it was a significant growing opportunity. It took me out of my comfort zone by requiring me to be assertive to accomplish the project goals. Although stressful and uncomfortable at times, I learned valuable lessons about communication and confidence in an engineering role.

At the end of the internship, all of the interns across the General Mills plants met at headquarters in Minneapolis to better understand the company, learn about each other’s experiences, and present our projects.

Minneapolis

Our first day in Minneapolis, we had a photo scavenger hunt competition. Despite my lack of skill with a selfie stick, my team won most creative photo. While different than I imagined, my internship with General Mills was a tremendous growing opportunity that I’m sure will help me on my first job as an engineer.

Road Trip to Alaska

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 29 August 2018

Before returning to Athens for my senior year of mechanical engineering, I took a two-week solo trip in Alaska! This was a perfect way for me to relax after a busy summer internship and mentally prepare for the upcoming school semester.

After flying into Anchorage, I picked up a rental car and started the adventure! I spent one week exploring the Kenai Peninsula. I checked out Seward, the Homer Spit, and Whittier. After driving back though Anchorage, I went north to Denali, Fairbanks, Glenallen, and Glacier View. My typical routine for the day was to hike in the morning and visit the local activities in the evening.

Alaska

By far, Alaska has the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. The expansive tundra, wildflowers, glacier-fed rivers, mountains, and wildlife were constantly in my view. My favorite day was when I took a bus through Denali National Park and camped at the farthest campground named Wonder Lake. The clouds had moved away by early morning and made for a perfectly clear view of Denali. Coupled with the warm sun, few visitors, and no mosquitoes, I certainly agreed with the ranger that I had come on the best day of the summer. To top it off, blueberry season was in full swing. I easily picked multiple handfuls.

Alaska

The two weeks went by quickly but were packed with memories. I drove 1800 miles, saw grizzly bears and moose, walked on top of glaciers, went swimming in hot springs, and made numerous friends. My hiking record ended at 65 miles with 12,000 feet elevation gain.

Alaska

This was truly a perfect trip (albeit one flat tire) that gave me time to reflect on my summer experience and plan goals for my senior year. Taking deliberate time to think about my experiences has been something I started doing since I started college. Reflection allows me to understand my strengths and weaknesses, appreciate my new relationships and opportunities, and most importantly figure out where I want to end up after graduation. I think learning about yourself is just as important as learning the material taught in school.

Alaska

I am extremely eager to return to Alaska and continue exploring. After all, only 20% of The Last Frontier is accessible by road!

Summer Co-op at ABB

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 27 August 2018

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to work for a fantastic company called ABB Inc. this summer, right in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I worked as a systems engineering co-op and got to work closely on a variety of different projects with other systems engineers.

ABB is a worldwide industrial automation and power-generation company. As you can imagine, this is a very broad scope, and they work with a variety of different clients. For my co-op specifically, I worked on implementing control systems (which include human-machine interface graphics, control modules, simulators, etc) for two power plants and a wastewater treatment plant. A lot of the engineers I worked with studied electrical engineering, but there were many ties to chemical engineering when it came to how the different plants
operated.

This co-op was so perfect for me, as I went in “Undecided Engineering” my freshman year of college. As I learned about the different disciplines of engineering during my first semester in Athens, I was torn between electrical and chemical engineering. Although I ultimately chose chemical engineering as the major I would pursue, electrical engineering was still so intriguing. Working as a systems co-op at ABB allowed me to find ties between chemical and electrical engineering, allowing for a very enjoyable experience where I learned and grew immensely. As this was my first co-op experience, I feel confident now that I made the right decision in choosing my major and hope to continue my career with ABB someday.

Next summer, I will be working at ABB once again as a Proposals Engineering Co-op. I am excited to explore different aspects of the company and see what the future holds!