Abby Frankart, Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 24 April 2012 – My senior design capstone project has taken almost 6 months to materialization. This past week we have completed manufacturing the most difficult part of our project. We took our project from customer need, to conceptual design, to manufactured prototype. It has been really rewarding to see this project from beginning to end.
Our project is to design a slow sand filter for the nonprofit organization 1000 Jobs/Haiti. Our filter can be manufactured in Haiti and all materials can be use locally. This will help 1000 Jobs reach its goal of not only creating and sustaining jobs, but the filter itself will provide clean water to many people who do not have access to it.
The filter is in a concrete housing. The varying layers of gravel and sand make the filter bed. This bed not only removes particulates, but over time a biological layer grows in the top layers of the filter bed which filters out harmful bacteria. Slow sand filter designs have seen up to 99.9% removal rates in e.coli and other coliforms.
The first picture is me grinding down some of the welds on part of the mold. The second picture is the finished concrete mold that can be reused for multiple filters.
Jeff Guynes, Senior, Aviation
Athens, OH 23 April 2012 – Winter is gone and Spring has arrived for my last quarter in Athens at OU. It is already week five of our ten week quarter! Time flies when you are busy, which I have been. Between taking a full load of classes, preparing for our national flight team competition, and applying for jobs it doesn’t seem like I have any free time.
Applying for jobs is one of the most exciting things I have done since starting at OU. Finally, all of the hard work and training in the past four years is useful! OU and the aviation department have prepared me very well to enter the real world and the world of commercial aviation. I am currently applying to seven regional airlines, and hopefully having some interviews toward the end of the quarter.
Check back later in the quarter to hear more about my job seach and the national flight team competition!
Joe Schilling, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 16 April 2012 – This is my last spring quarter in Athens and I am trying to make the most of it before I graduate. Once the weather starts getting nice there are so many things to do. One of my main hobbies is fishing, and Southern Ohio offers many opportunities for a daily fishing trip. Just right outside Ohio University is Lake Snowden and Strouds Run. Both of these lakes are stockpiled full of fish, and offer the best chance.
The picture above shows Lake Snowden which is located 5 miles west of Athens. The lake has great fishing, hiking trails, and boat rentals. That’s what I love about going to OU you can get out of class and be on the water within 10 minutes.
Another activity which many students including myself take advantage of is the Ohio University golf course. The course is a 9 hole course which lies along the Hocking river. It’s a fun course to play, and is fairly cheap for students. It is nice to have finished most of my coursework before my last quarter. I am able to relax and enjoy the few remaining weeks I have in Athens.
Devin Liskey, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 12 April 2012 – This spring break I had the opportunity to travel to San Diego, California with Russ College’s Robe Leadership Institute. We visited three businesses a day for three days. We were given a personal tour by the CEO of each business and participated in an information and question panel after the tour. Each CEO had his own style and story and it was very interesting to hear how each had worked their way to their position.
After the three days, the group had some free time to explore. Below is a picture of a few of us on the USS Midway, a floating naval aviation museum. The ship was staffed completely by veterans who had served on similar ships. When we told a few of the guides that we were engineers, they were excited and talked with us in depth about the boilers and engines.
Eric Biggens, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management
Athens, OH 11 April 2012 – Senior year as an engineering student can be quite hectic. Luckily for me though, I finished my senior capstone class last quarter and I am taking my very last engineering class right now. With so much extra time on my hands, I decided to enroll in a few 1-credit hour classes for fun as I finish up my senior year. I am taking golf, kayaking, and an astronomy lab, which are all very fun.
Ohio University offers many different classes for anyone to take, which is awesome. You can take so many classes like the ones I mentioned, plus bowling, fitness classes, wilderness survival, whitewater rafting, scuba diving and many more. One thing I would encourage other students to do is take classes like these for fun throughout their time at OU. It is a great way to unwind and take a step back from all the class work, which can get overwhelming at times.
I am very excited to be finishing my college career on a good note. It’s really nice to have extra time this quarter to reflect on the past four years at Ohio University, which have been the best I could have ever asked for.
David Parisi, Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 9 April 2012 – The Ridges is one of my favorite places in Athens. With the gorgeous weather we’ve been having I recently took a walk around the old mental health center to see if I could catch any ghosts. Unfortunately I didn’t see any, but I did get to walk some of the paths through the woods and fields behind the building itself. Any time I have enough free time I head to the Ridges to explore.
The main building (seen below) is a massive structure that is breathtaking to look at.
There are many smaller buildings around it that are used as offices now. There is also an old abandoned tuberculosis ward that lies just above the cemetery. This as well as the main building are the ones that are “haunted.” I have never seen a ghost but I still venture there at night hoping to see one for myself.
The Ridges is currently used by the Ohio University College of Fine Arts, but from 1874-1993 it housed mentally ill patients. At its peak there were nearly 2000 patients being housed at one time. Some of the more gruesome treatments like lobotomies and shock therapy were performed here until drugs became the main treatment for mental illness. The Ridges also has 3 cemeteries where 1900 patients were buried in the over 100 years of operation.
Leesha Blake, Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 9 April 2012 – Athens has been so beautiful these last few weeks. It is so sunny and flowers are everywhere. Last weekend I went outside and cleaned up my back patio and my balcony. I also planted a bunch of flowers and put them on my balcony. When I was done, it was really nice to sit outside in the sun and read with my boyfriend.
I really hope the weather stays nice, because I have a lot planned for my weekends this quarter. At the end of this month, there is a triathlon in Athens in which my dad and brother are both going to participate. Then the weekend after that is Moms’ weekend. My mom and I have a lot of fun stuff planned, like shopping at Easton and getting ready for graduation. My grandma is planning to visit one of these weekends too.
I’m also going to do some fun stuff with my friends. I am really hoping to get my senior ChemE class together for a cookout at Stroud’s Run as a kind of send-off before we graduate. A lot of students like to go there when the weather is nice. You can bring a grill and have a picnic, you can go swimming, and you can play volleyball with the nets they have set up along the beach.
Springtime in Athens is great, and I am really looking forward to enjoying it.