Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 12 October 2015

Seeing the faces of young and old alumni during Homecoming here at Ohio University struck me with one of the more eye-opening revelations than I’ve had before: how little time I have left to enjoy being a student! The weekend in its entirety flooded me with many good memories of my past here in Athens; in fact, the more I reminisced, the more it felt like I was still only getting started and four years ago sometimes still feels like yesterday, still finding my way around campus. It’s a strange reality to finally grasp the fact that this time next year – OU will be a thing of the past.

Recollecting some of that past, however, I can safely say that one of my best and most gratifying experiences I’ve had here would have to be participating as a member of the Ohio University Precision Flight Team. Consisting of not just flight majors, but any student interested in aviation, the flight team is an inspired group that utilize the knowledge they’ve gained in the course of their college career to compete against schools around the nation in a variety of events.

Flight team

In and through this team, I have met some truly amazing and unique individuals, who are not just a “team member,” but they’re part of the student body. It’s exciting to hear other folks’ stories on how they have gracefully fallen into aviation to the schools they’ve studied at and ultimately – all the places they plan on going!

It’s a little cliché, I know, but a quote that has always stuck with me in the aviation program is: “A mile of road will take you one mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere.” So despite how similar one student may compare to the other in where they are now, I’ve realized that everyone really does have their own twist and flair to their book of life–past and future.

As of right now, everything is looking good here at OU. Classes are in full swing and oddly enough it’s already at the halfway mark of the semester. Summer packed her bags and left for vacation while Fall arrived right on time.

Geotechnical Engineering Lab

Mira Cooper

Mira Cooper,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 11 October 2015

One of my favorite things about being a junior is that I’m finally getting out of my general education classes and getting into my major-specific ones. For instance, this semester I’m taking Geotechnical Engineering, a staple for all CE students. Along with the lecture, this class comes with a lab requirement. I love lab requirements. Especially ones that let me just play with dirt for an hour!

In Soils lab, we test the various properties of different soils using the tried-and-true methods we talk about in lecture. It’s the perfect way to help remember the differences between procedures that tend to become indistinguishable after class lets out.

Geotechnical Engineering Lab

The best part about this class (other than getting to squish mud between my fingers every Wednesday afternoon) is that it’s so easy to see the applications of this work to real life. The things we do in lab are the things real geotechnical engineers do every day. The Proctor tests, the Atterberg limit calculations…It’s not like our professors are dumbing down complex concepts and giving us experiments that don’t apply to anything. They’re taking real life work and letting us have that hands-on experience that all engineers adore. It makes me feel like I’m working towards something real!

Research in the Motor Control Lab

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 11 October 2015

Fall semester is almost halfway done and I cannot believe how fast my junior year is flying by! This past summer I worked as a research assistant with the Motor Control Lab, which is a part of the College of Health Sciences and Professions. As a research assistant I was placed with the FLAG Study. Most of my summer was dedicated to writing and adjusting code, pilot testing, data collection, and analyzing pilot data.

A large part of the Motor Control Lab is working with virtual reality gaming to help find solutions for back pain. Here is a picture of me suited up in our motion capturing sensors and using an Oculus Rift.

Suited Up for Motion Capture

This past week has been very exciting because The FLAG study which has been my main focus for the past few months finally opened for enrollment. I cannot wait to see how the data collection process goes during these next few months.

Coming in as a freshman I would have never expected my college career to lead me towards research in biomechanics and motor control, but I very glad it did. I hope to continue with my research and pursue my Masters and possibly a Ph.D focused around biomechanics and ergonomics.

Homecoming and the Marching 110

Caroline wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 October 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hundreds of alumni flock in from all corners of the United States to be a part of the Most Exciting Band in the Land one more time. Some band members affectionately refer to Homecoming as “Christmas,” and while the promise of seeing family and friends at the end of it all does add some enjoyment to the week, this is also the time of year where we work our absolute hardest to make sure that our show truly is better than the best ever.

When I was a senior in high school, I came to visit Ohio University on the same weekend that the Marching 110 was putting on their annual Varsity Show. My oldest sister, Rachel, is an alumna of OU and the 110, so I’m sure that it was no coincidence that she insisted that I come visit during one of the most exciting shows of the season. I was tired out from a long day of tours by the time the band was about to play, and to be honest, I would have preferred to have been curled up in bed. I was not prepared for what happened next: it changed my life. When the Marching 110 took the stage, I was absolutely floored. Never in my life had I seen that many people who were truly passionate about what they were doing at one time. They were completely alive, and I wanted to be a part of their group with every part of my being.

Flash-forward three years, and here I am–music section leader to the trombones, nervously preparing for what is sure to be yet another thrilling show in order to impress my sister, who will be coming back to cheer me on. Even with the stresses of school–midterms, group projects, research, and everything else–I wouldn’t trade being a member of the Marching 110 for anything.

So next time you see us shaking it on the field, I hope you will be able to see that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Summer Research Work at Ohio University

Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 2 October 2015

I spent my second summer in Athens this year. Last summer I stayed to take a class and I had a lot of fun, but this year I wanted to get more out of my time here and I did!
Not only did I take a class to get ahead and make my senior year a little easier, I also spent time doing research for a few professors. I worked on two projects over the summer with very different focuses, since I’m not exactly sure where I want to direct my career after graduation.

For one project, I worked with a team of students to design and build a test rig to collect data on an innovative particle capture system. Our system was specifically designed to capture coal fly ash which is typically done by Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) which are large, expensive, and require high voltages. This project required a lot of hands-on work in the machining labs, troubleshooting, and collaboration with students and professors.

I also did an independent study project dealing with the material properties of bones. This project was mostly computer-based work and involved writing MATLAB codes and running statistical tests on acquired data. I also completed an abstract for the Biomedical Engineering Society and will be presenting my work at their conference in Tampa, FL next week. This will be my first time presenting individual research work and I am really excited and nervous!

Overall I’d say my second summer in Athens was a success and I gained a broad range of skills and experiences that will benefit me in the future!

Engineering Ambassador Workshop

Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 September 2015

Last weekend, some of the Engineering Ambassadors, including myself, participated in an workshop specifically for Engineering Ambassadors. The event took place over the course of three days at Ohio University and students from West Virginia University, Ohio State, Eastern Michigan and Penn State were in attendance.

The goal of the event was to receive training in a public speaking with an emphasis on effective communication of science and engineering information to a broader audience. During the workshop, we collaborated with a partner to create an outreach presentation that could be given in a classroom and paired with a hands-on activity.

Engineering Ambassador Workshop

The first day, we learned about the elements that make an effective presentation. These elements included: content, passion and knowledge of your audience. The next day was focused on constructing our presentations, doing run-throughs with some of the other groups and receiving feedback from them. Finally, on the last day we gave our presentations to the entire group as if they were our target audience.

In addition to learning and implementing these presentation skills, we also got the opportunity to network with the ambassadors from the other schools. It was interesting to hear about what they do as ambassadors at their respective schools. Although OU’s engineering ambassadors program does not currently have a focus on outreach as some of the other schools do, I think it is something that could be implemented in the future. Educating young students about what engineering is is important because many of their perceptions of it are misinformed.

Engineering Ambassador Workshop

After attending this workshop, I believe I have the skills necessary to create and deliver an effective outreach presentation. I also have a greater confidence in my presentation skills as a whole which has already helped me on several occasions.

Job Hunting Season

Steve Toth

Steve Toth,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 September 2015

As my senior year goes on, the threat of real life comes closer. This past week, Ohio University hosted four days of career fairs, two of which were open to the whole university and two specifically for the Russ College of Engineering.

All four of these fairs were PACKED. Knowing that I need to find a full time job following graduation it felt really good knowing that Ohio University is there to help me not only to earn the needed education to succeed in industry but also provide the needed resources to find the job of my dreams.

Not only does Ohio University put on career fairs to help students find jobs but they also support an entire office with this sole purpose, the
Career and Leadership Development Center
(CLDC). This office helps students develop effective resumes, learn to interview effectively and learn to network. Additionally, the CLDC offers career coaching services and several workshops every semester to aid in the job search process.

One of the best services the Career and Leadership Development Center offers is “Bobcat Careerlink”. This is an online resource where students can find and apply for jobs and internships by companies searching specifically for Ohio University students and graduates.

With all of these resources available to us, it really feels great to be an Ohio University student where we are not just numbers and our faculty and staff truly care about our career success.