Category Archives: Archive – September 2011


ISE 433: Computer Simulation

Joe Schilling

Joe Schilling, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 29 September 2011 – One of my classes this year is ISE 433, Industrial Computer Simulation, which focuses on modeling a system. This could either be from a manufacturing or a service type system. One of our weekly projects focuses on the service industry and requires us to build a model for a ficticous restaurant called “King’s arm”. The restaurant has four barmaids and fifty drinking classes in the system, the objective is to find the utilization of the workers. The main tasks of the workers are to pour drinks for patrons and wash the glasses. These tasks are assigned certain distribution times located within the model logic.

Joe Schilling1The program that is being utilized is called SIMIO. In the screenshot you can see customers entering and leaving the system, as well as patrons at the table area (this is represented by the cans in the queue). The main focus of building these models is to show how long customers might have to wait to get a drink, as well as the worker utlization. In this model it was discovered that less than 50 glasses could be used, reducing the amount of inventory needed on hand. Also worker utlization was increased after I added a second serving station. Models such as these give engineers valuable tools to make decisions or to relay information. They can help save costs and increase productivity for various systems.

Starting the Job Search

Annye Driscoll

Annye Driscoll,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 23 September 2011 – This September I began my senior and final year at Ohio University and will be graduating in June with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Of course the last year of class means added stress for me: what am I going to do after I graduate?!

Luckily there are plenty of ways for graduating students (or even students looking for co-ops and internships) to find work without leaving campus. The career fairs, both the campus-wide fair and the one specifically for Russ College students and alumni, are great ways to network and earn interviews. Career fairs are a lot of work and are pretty stressful, but nothing really beats meeting a recruiter face to face and handing him or her your resumé yourself.

My favorite way to job search, however, is through the Bobcat CareerLink. The Bobcat CareerLink is a database of jobs created just for OU students and alumni. It’s super easy to use; you just put in your resume, your degree, and your GPA and you can apply for jobs with just one click. There are a ton of jobs, and you can even schedule interviews through the website.

I’m a little sad to be graduating this year, but I’m also really excited to be job-searching and working on starting the next part of my life. My home here in Athens will always be special to me, but I’m ready for something a little higher than my college student income, and I know my dog would love to have a yard to run around in! Luckily, the Russ College and Ohio University is helping me work toward that next step.

Summer Internship at AEP

Emily Bryan

Emily Bryan, Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2011 – This past summer I interned for American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio. This was my third time back with AEP and my first time working with the Instrumentations and Controls group. I was a bit nervous as to whether or not I would like I&C, since I have never taken a controls class, but I am glad I tried it.

I was involved with two main projects and I really enjoyed working on both of them. The first project I was involved with was a classified study that I am unable to discuss, but for the majority of the summer I worked on removing the luffing capabilities of the gypsum radial stacker out in the landfill. For this project, I had to work with other engineers in different parts of the company, such as the Structural group and the Electrical Systems and Equipment group. I&C was needed for this project in order to take out all of the vertical controls in the logic. In order for me to do this, I had to first understand how the logic works with the luffing and then I had to remove portions of the logic without interfering with the other controls of this machine. I was unable to see the full completion of this project, but was glad I was able to finish my portion. I really enjoyed working with my team and learned that I like the I&C group more than I thought I would.

ETM Summer Internship

Bradley Lang
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 18 September 2011 – This past summer I finally was able to work an internship. I was always so worried about it because I always thought that people wouldn’t hire me because I didn’t have any work experience in the Engineering and Technology field. This was one of my big concerns for when I graduated also but when I was looking last spring and nothing seemed to be working for me. My dad called me up and asked if I was still looking for an internship. So I ended up getting an interview with Cool Containers in Marietta, Ohio.

I was so nervous for my interview but I must have done something right because I was hired for the summer. It is a small company so I was thrown right into the fire and started designing, checking out the design, and checking out if the design worked in the units we were producing. The work environment was not as scary as I thought it would be and I learned so many things that will help me receive a job after I graduate. This summer internship was one of my best experiences that I have received while I was at Ohio University.

Summer PBIO Class

Eric Biggens

Eric Biggens, Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 15 September 2011 – Last year I decided to stay and live in Athens for the summer to get a few classes out of the way instead of going back home. I enjoyed my time here so much that I decided to stay again this summer as well so I could take an English class I need in order to graduate.

I took the opportunity to sign up for a Plant Biology class for fun that sounded interesting. The class focused on medicinal plants and their many uses from our region. We met for five hours in the afternoon for just two weeks and went hiking in the woods at many different parks and trails around Athens County. Not only did I end up learning to recognize over 120 common plants and various uses for them but the class really gave me the chance to explore southern Ohio. After living in Athens for over three years now I’ve realized that there is so much to do here and so many different places to go check out. Taking the Pbio class ended up being so much fun and it gave me the chance to get out and see a lot that Athens has to offer.

Summer In and Out of Athens

Devin Liskey

Devin Liskey, Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 15 September 2011 – Summer brings options to the engineering student. The biggest question is usually if you have a co-op of job lined up for the long break. If not, will you be staying in Athens? In an effort to ease the course load of my senior year, I stayed in Athens and took a few classes. A lot of others did the same thing hoping to graduate before the switch to semesters. I took two classes each session, two engineering course the first half and a business management and guitar class the second session. Needless to say, the first half of summer was much busier but I got to squeeze some fun into my college credits during the second half.

Outside of class, I bought a road bike and practiced Silat. I had signed a lease for a house out in The Plains (about a ten minute drive from the engineering building) and hoped to ride my bike to class most days to save gas money and make sure I got to move a little bit every day. After dinner each night I made a trek up the bike path to The Plains and sometimes Nelsonville. Three times a week I met with a Silat instructor. Silat is the indigenous martial art of Indonesia. For one hour I was lucky enough to receive one-on-one instruction and then group instruction for another hour. Twice during the summer, one of the top instructors/practitioners in the style we practice visited and spent four hours a day working with us over a three day period. Now I continue to practice under the tutelage of the OUMMA club during the year.

During the Fourth of July weekend I had the opportunity to visit my girlfriend in Washington D.C. Below is a picture of me watching the parade on the big day. It was really interesting watching other cultures take part in celebrating their American citizenship expressed through traditional dances and clothes of their native countries.

Co-op Work at Rockwell Automation

David Parisi

David Parisi, Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 14 September 2011 – Currently I am on a sixth month long co-op. I started over the summer in July and since then it has been an amazing experience. I am at Rockwell Automation in Cleveland, Ohio for my co-op, and while talking to people that work here I’d say that at least 75% of them started out as a co-op or intern here. I found that very notable because a co-op is pretty much a long term interview for a job, and it’s also a way of knowing that you have chosen the right major. This co-op has reinforced that I really do enjoy my major and can see myself working at this place or another in the future.

None of my classmates have had a co-op yet so I had no expectations of anything coming in. I was nervous starting out because I was in the embedded software group and knew nothing about programming. It turns out that I was fine. I was able to pick up on how to program in C# quickly and did great on my first project. So far every project has been exciting and I’m learning more than I do in school. When you are in a co-op you do not do menial tasks like getting people lunch/coffee. The projects I’m assigned are actual work that other engineers would be doing if I wasn’t there.