Category Archives: Archive – October 2011

2011 Flight Competition Results

Jeff Guynes

Jeff Guynes, Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 31 October 2011 – The past week has been very hectic. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am the captain of the Ohio University Flying Bobcats, OU’s flight team. Over the past week we hosted the regional flight team competition here at OU’s airport. It was a very eventful and fun week with the other teams in town.

OU competed very well throughout the competition. We placed third overall in our region, placing first in flight events and third in ground events. Earning third place gives the Flying Bobcats a bid to the national competition in Salina, Kansas this Spring!

Personally I competed in the E6B event (an aviation math based test), the SCAN event (which tests the rules and regulations of aviation), both the power on and power off spot landing events, the message drop or bomb drop event, and the navigation event as well. I placed 6th in navigation, 6th in SCAN, 5th in the power on landing event, and 3rd in the power off landing event. I earned 39 points in total for the team. I had a great week competitng and can’t wait to start practice for the Spring National competition!

ASCE Activities

Ivan Caballero

Ivan Caballero, Senior,
Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 28 October 2011 – Throughout my whole collegiate career I have been a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). ASCE is one of many engineering organizations here in Ohio University as well as one of the biggest civil engineering organizations in terms of members. Meetings occur on a bi-weekly basis throughout each quarter where a speaker comes in and talks about a certain civil engineering topic or what they do in their profession. Along with meetings, there is also a social every quarter, and a competition every year.

The OVSC (Ohio Valley Student Conference) is the yearly competition that our ASCE organization is involved in. This competition is broken down into several sub-competitions which include a steel bridge, concrete canoe, surveying, AutoCAD, environmental, and an ethics essay competitions. I am currently working on the steel bridge team where we design and construct a bridge based on specifications given by the OVSC. At the competition our bridge will compete with nine other universities’ bridges, where the bridges are judged based on construction time, deflection, weight, aesthetics, side sway, and total load capacity.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this organization for these past four years. It is a good way to meet people in your major and be a part of some friendly competition with other universities here in Ohio. I would recommend joining ASCE especially to all of the incoming civil engineering students.

Preparing for Halloween

Joe Schilling

Joe Schilling, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 27 October 2011 – The quarter is almost finished and with that comes my favorite holiday, Halloween. Athens is one of the most haunted places on earth, and adds to the overall experience during fall quarter. Ohio University is known for having one of the largest Halloween parties in the nation. Every year the costumes get more creative and it is fun to see everyone walking down Court Street. I always seem to recognize a few familiar faces, as most students from other universities will attend. With such a busy schedule, it is a nice change of pace before the quarter ends. My freshman year a few friends and I went as the gang from the movie “Newsies”, and last year I went as the “Orkin Man”.

Every year I like to start off my Halloween by carving pumpkins. This year I decided to show my bobcat pride by carving the iconic paw print.
Another activity that Halloween brings is going to a haunted house. This weekend a few friends and I will be going to either “The TerrorFest” which is located in the brewery district or “Dead Acres” which is located in Pataskala. I have not been to a haunted house in a long time so it should be a fun event.

Theta Tau and Cedar Point

Bradley Lang

Bradley Lang, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 24 October 2011 – I recently was able to do something that, being a student, I never thought I would be able to do. Theta Tau the professional engineering fraternity did a fundraiser that we went to Cedar Point to work. I worked the Wind Seeker all weekend long. When we arrived to Cedar Point we had a two-hour training so we could check the seat belts on the rides. Then we were finished we were able to ride rides until midnight when the ride closed and everything was completely free. Meeting all the new people that were actual Cedar Point workers was a ton of fun. I also felt pretty important for putting up the thumb to let everybody know that the ride was ready to shoot off. That was an experience that I would never of had without being in Theta Tau.

Human Factors Class

Devin Liskey

Devin Liskey, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 24 October 2011 – This quarter I’m taking an ergonomics course. Ergonomics closely related and sometimes synonymous with Human Factors, which is my professional concentration. The basic idea of these disciplines is to study processes and equipment and see how they interact with the people using them both physically and mentally.

Auburn University is hosting an ergonomics design competition and our class is participating. The competition is identifying characteristic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders that occur within different instrument groups. Each team must include:

1. The body parts at risk
2. The level of the ergonomic risk
3. The force, posture, duration or repetition characteristics that contribute to that risk
4. The early warning symptoms as that risk begins to manifest itself into the early stages of occupational illness, and
5. Things that the person might be able to do which will slow down the progression of the illness.

We also had something called ‘Lightning Rounds’; unannounced competition requirements that once announced are due in 24 hours. These included making up ergonomic terms that were previously not found in the field. All the terms tended to be silly and have a low probability of working their way into popular use in the field. One of the words my group came up with was Ergovision. Ergovision is the ability to see designs or situations that are potentially harmful or create a risk factor. Our second lightning round requirement was to create a ten minute video demonstrating how to use two to three tools we used during the competition to gather information. My team demonstrated the proper use of a hand dynamometer and a pinch grip dynamometer.

My team, Triceraptorergodonasaurus, chose our team name by trying to combine every dinosaur name we could think of. Here is our official logo below.

Co-op trip to North Dakota

Steve Magers

Steve Magers,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 October 2011 – A year ago this time, I never would have thought I would be able to say “I just got back from seeing Mount Rushmore and an all expenses paid trip to North Dakota!” However, as of last week, that’s exactly what happened! Now before you get too excited, I have to confess, it was a work trip. I am currently away from school on co-op.
north dakota1north dakota2I started at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio in June of this year; one week after spring quarter was over. Ariel’s business is primarily natural gas compression, but they also make compressors for other applications. The range their compressors fall into is 85-10,000 horsepower, which is the horsepower it takes to drive them.

My current position is Field Service Engineering Co-op. In the field service department, there is a large amount of customer interaction. When an operating unit goes down or starts to show problems, a field service engineer is assigned to deal with the problem. Often times then they make a trip to the field, where ever the unit is, to deal with the problem.

Now back to what I was doing in North Dakota. I was on a trip with one of the full-time engineers at Ariel. We spent ten days repairing a unit that had a bearing failure that misaligned the frame. With the help of mechanics from the packaging company, we put in a new frame and crankshaft to get it up and running.

On the way home, we flew out of Rapid City, South Dakota, which happens to be were Mount Rushmore is found. Since we were already there, it seemed silly not to visit the monument!

Breakfast with an Alum

Jessica Borer

Jessica Borer,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 19 October 2011 – Another great part of Homecoming weekend is interacting with all the alumni who come back. I had the chance to have breakfast with one particular alum, Ms. Carla Lucchino. She is currently the Assistant for Administration to the Secretary of the Navy, which means she works in the Pentagon; and her boss regularly attends soirees with the President at the White House. She returned to OU this Homecoming to receive the Ohio University Medal of Merit for her accomplishments.

She received her Masters from Ohio University in industrial and systems engineering. From there she worked as Assistant Chief of Operations Management at the Defense Logistics Agency, where she helped make part of the Army more efficient.

She has worked for the Defense Logistics Agency, Lockheed-Martin Missiles and Space, and the Defense Contract Management Agency. After many more prestigious titles she now works for the Secretary of the Navy. For her current position, she works as a kind of ‘mayor’ to her section of the Pentagon, where anyone in her section can come to her with any type of issue and she figures out how to solve it. She oversees numerous employees and makes sure they continuously work to her standards.

Not only did this breakfast open my eyes to some possibilities of where I could be working if I work hard enough, but she also gave us resume and interview tips. Now she is the one holding interviews and reading over resumes. It was pretty cool that someone who has held these types of jobs and has accomplished so much graduated from Ohio University, and was willing to have breakfast with me because I am currently a student at OU.