Russ College Faculty and Staff Awards

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 26 April 2019

The Engineering Ambassadors were fortunate to be invited to tonight’s Russ College Award Celebration! This event was held to honor outstanding faculty and staff. In attendance were the Russ College faculty and staff, the Russ College Board of Visitors, the President and Provost of Ohio University, and the Engineering Ambassadors.

The evening started out with some appetizers and hors d’oeuvres while we attendees mingled. I saw some familiar faces, including professors that I’ve had in the past, and professors I currently have this semester. I also was able to meet some professors from different departments who I’ve never had in class before, like Dr. Kremer.

During dinner, Dr. Kremer was seated at my dinner table, and told fellow Ambassadors Jelena, Quinn, Tanner and me all about his renewable energy efforts at his home, where he gets energy from solar and wind. Sustainability is very important to me, so it was awesome to hear his insights about the choices he makes to better the environment.

The awards ceremony was fantastic. Russ College professors are constantly doing things to help us students—like mentoring us in undergraduate research labs, offering professional advice, providing us with valuable networking connections, holding extra office hours around midterms, and critiquing resumes and cover letters. For this reason, it was wonderful to see them be recognized for the extra miles they go for students.

This celebration was a wonderful way to connect with new and old professors and friends, as well as to take our minds off upcoming finals. It was a really special occasion, and I look forward to attending again next year!

Post-Graduation Road Trip

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 25 April 2019

In a few weeks, I will be departing for a multi-week road trip with some of my oldest friends: Evan, Devin, and Keegan. We’ll be heading towards Montana and Wyoming. Well, there or possibly towards New Orleans. So, we don’t exactly have the route planned yet but we’re pretty sure we’ll either be going Northwest or South.

In our opinion, this is only a minor detail; we have a car, GPS, and a tent—everything you need to get across the country and back home. The rest of the trip should figure itself out once we hit the road.

This is the fifth year these friends and I have gone on some sort of trip together. These trips have helped us better understand the world around us. Undoubtedly, we’ll have a similar experience this year but with something extra: it will be our last summer for the foreseeable future with us all living in the same place. In only a few months, we will disperse throughout the country/world to explore a new phase of life. This is an extremely exciting prospect but I am grateful that I have a few weeks to reflect with close friends before trading Athens for a new home.

The Philosophical Engineer

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 April 2019

With Spring Semester winding down, it is good to reflect on what has occurred and the growth you experienced because of it – which aligns with the themes of Spring – renewal, rejuvenation, and restoration. Also, it serves as a good time to “discover” new things.

This semester I was blessed with a good set of classes—ranging from Math to Engineering to Philosophy. One class that stands out the most is PHIL 1300, taught by Dr. Lent. This class provides a different way of thinking, highlighting societal shortcomings and moral issues.

You may think “How does Philosophy relate to Engineering?” This is a fair question; however, philosophical concepts do apply to engineering and technology, especially regarding our overall use of technology. The professor and I have discussed the effects of technology on various fields. Also, stemming from our talks, he has suggested books and other material to read (which I will read over the summer).

I am looking forward to learning more things outside of my field of study. When you have the opportunity, take a course that is not necessarily aligned to your major. You may be surprised at what you discover. You will find that there are many ways to align ourselves with our motto, “Create for Good”.

Recreation and Extracurriculars at OU

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 23 April 2019

Being in engineering is a high time commitment, and usually a pretty stressful workload. Its always nice to have hobbies that you enjoy, to give yourself a break from the routine. Luckily, here at Ohio University, there are countless opportunities for hobbies. These include some of our some 500 clubs like Snowcats, and fishing club, just to name two I have been part of.

OU also has 2 intramural sport seasons each semester in which students can play sports like volleyball, flag football, badminton, softball and more! Even more so, OU offers classes in recreation (REC), and physical activity (PAW). The recreation classes usually involve some sort of outdoor activity like camping, horseback riding or scuba diving. Our PAW classes include most sports and give students some time each week to get active.

During my earlier years here, I took a lot of credits, so now in order to stay full-time, I have some extra class slots to fill. This semester I took PAW 1100 (Basketball) and next semester I will be taking PAW 1208 (Archery). I am excited to have these classes as they give me time to forget about my responsibilities for a short while.

Spring Events: Conference and Volleyball

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 22 April 2019

The past few weeks have been extremely busy as we are nearing the end of the semester. With professors squeezing in exams before finals and final homework assignments and projects, it’s easy to get caught up in the school work and find yourself not making time for anything outside of that. While I normally find myself lost in this routine, refusing to do anything else until my work is done, this semester I decided I wasn’t going to let myself drown in work and I was going to make time for other things I enjoy.

That being said, a few weeks ago I attended the AIAA Region III Student Conference at Cleveland State with several other classmates and a professor. We headed up Thursday evening, and the conference was all day Friday and Saturday.

Cleveland

On Friday, we got to tour NASA Glenn and see some of the student projects they are working on such as their virtual reality cave. We also listened to some guest speakers from NASA, networked with companies, and played trivia for prizes (my team tied for last place).

Then, on Saturday we listened to undergraduate and graduate students from several universities present their research for a few judges. Although the conference was still academically related, it was a great break from school work and it was nice to get away for a few days.

Another event I participated in over the past few weeks is SWE’s Engineering volleyball tournament. Last week, a few other ambassadors/engineers and I put together a team, “Beach, Please,” and competed on Tuesday and Thursday.

Cleveland

The tournament was held at the sand volleyball courts on South Green, and I think about 8 teams total signed up. Unfortunately, we lost in the semifinals, but the tournament was a blast, and I am hopeful they will host another next year.

Although sometimes it is hard to not stress about school work and allow myself time for other activities, it always ends up a great time and I (usually) never regret that I took a break.

Spring Semester Wrapping Up

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 22 April 2019

As the semester winds down and graduation approaches, I am trying to make the most of my weekends left as a college student. In a month’s time I will be moving into my apartment in Ontario, Ohio to start my first full-time engineering position. I am very excited about this, but I will miss all the friends I made in Athens as well as back home in Pennsylvania. So, the last few weekends, I balanced my engineering projects with enjoying time with friends and family.

My mom came up to visit me a couple weekends ago, all the way from Texas where she and my dad have recently moved. On her last day in Athens, we strolled along the bike path on the Hocking River. The cherry blossom trees were in full bloom and lined the river as far as the eye could see. The pretty pink blossoms were perfect for a mother daughter selfie.

Athens Cherry Blossoms

Last weekend, I went home to Pittsburgh and stayed with my close friend from high school. We attended Tekko, put on by the Pittsburgh Japanese Cultural Society. The event featured a ramen bar, panels with topics like origami and voice acting, art by local artists, and arcade games such as Street Fighter and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).

Tekko

This was a moment of self-discovery for me as I realized that I have no rhythm and consistently made a fool of myself playing DDR. Regardless, I had an awesome time and the convention was definitely worth the three hour drive.

Donkey Coffee

This weekend, I am at Donkey Coffee, a favorite Athens haunt, with my roommate. She’s just a junior so it is only the end of a semester for her. I’m trying to take in every detail, so I will have these fond memories to look back on. I photograph the milk heart in my latte while I research metallic corrosion. I am still a student, after all, at least for right now.

Kayaking

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 April 2019

To get my mind off of my senior design this spring, I enrolled in kayaking! Though I have canoed and kayaked a few times in the past, I never formally learned any techniques. I thought this course would be a perfect way to learn the fundamentals and have a chance to spend some time outdoors.

The first couple of classes were taught in the aquatics center to practice basic paddling strokes and maneuverability. The best exercise was the wet exits where students had to exit the kayak after flipping over.

During the weekend skills portion of the class, the class went to Dow Lake, Burr Oak Lake, and the Hocking River. Some light rain and high winds on Burr Oak made for excitingly rough conditions to tackle.

Kayaking

At the end of the second day, the students played a game similar to ultimate Frisbee but in kayaks. Unfortunately, I flipped over during the game. But I performed a wet exit and drained my kayak of water, then jumped right back into the game.

The weekend ended with a trip down the Hocking River and into the Ohio River. This was much less energy intensive than open water kayaking, as the river current helped push the kayaks downstream.

I am very glad with my decision to enroll in the course this semester. I made new friends, learned new skills, and had an awesome trip.