Category Archives: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Participating in Exoskeleton Research

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 October 2019

I’ve conducted research myself as an undergraduate, but recently had the unique chance to be a subject in a research study. The Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) Department researches ergonomics and was in need of female test subjects. I participated in their study on Women and Exoskeletons, and how exoskeletons can be improved to better serve the women that wear them in occupational settings.

Exoskeletons are external, wearable systems that help to lift a load or to make a task easier.


I had never worn an exoskeleton before, so it was amazing to gain exposure to this workplace tool. It was also awesome that the ISE lab was specifically focused on how these tools affect and help women, based on our anatomy and biology.

My roommate and fellow Ambassador, Lydia, participated in the study with me. We did tasks like operating a drill and lifting a load progressively to different levels.

Workers who must complete very physical labor are in need of solutions that minimize their strain and injury, and I’m excited that Ohio University is invested in investigating these possibilities. This research study is truly Creating for Good!

Preparing for Fall in Athens

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 20 September 2019

Since it’s starting to get colder, I’m excited to get into the Fall mindset with all the events around Athens.

Most Saturdays there are football games; sometimes they even have evening weekday games (those are the best). The Marching 110 makes every game exciting, no matter how the football goes.


Their half-time show is always my favorite part of the game. It’s especially exciting when the alumni come back for Homecoming to play and dance along with the current members.

Then, there’s the preparation for Halloween. Every year a few of us chemical engineers buy pumpkins and carve them as an AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) event. Seeing what other people decide to carve is the most entertaining part.


Around this time of year, I start to decide what my Halloween costume is. Ever since I moved to Athens, Halloween has become very important to me. Last year, a friend and I went as Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. The year before that, my group of friends dressed up as characters from Scooby-Doo.

Scooby Doo Halloween

I still have to decide on what to be this year! As a senior, I feel like it’s my last chance to experience all the amazing and beautiful parts of Athens. I know that I’ll miss it when I’m gone!

From Internship to Full-Time

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 September 2019

Since this is my first blog post since the start of my senior year, I thought I would fill you all in on all of the exciting things I got to do and experience this past summer.

I’ll start by filling you in on my internship with ABB. This was my second rotation working at ABB’s Cleveland office. Last summer I was in a systems engineering position, and this summer I was in a proposals engineering role. I worked closely with customers, account managers, and many other people throughout the company to put together proposals for around 32 different projects. These proposals define the scope of work of each particular project as well as what equipment the customer will be receiving.

It was amazing to apply what I had learned last summer as well as my technical and writing skills to make a difference for a company. It even ended in a full time job offer for after graduation! I am so excited to continue my career at ABB and see where it takes me.

I also did a lot of travelling this summer—something that has always been very important to me. I traveled to Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, as well as Carolina Beach with my family and friends. I saw so many new places and got to have so many different experiences.

I am very grateful for the amazing final summer that I had as a student. On to the real world next summer!

Summer Internship at Ford Motor Company

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 September 2019

My passion for engineering and technology began when I was a kid. My dad, who is a mechanic, would bring me to his car repair shop, and I would play with the wrenches, ratchets, and tires in the garage. This early exposure to cars is why I was so excited to intern at Ford Motor Company this summer! I applied online for this opportunity.

At Ford, I was in the Safety, Environmental, & Sustainability Engineering department, and I worked on vehicle emissions testing and software testing. I’m very passionate about helping the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change, so this was a perfect assignment for me. I was in Ford’s testing laboratory, so there was so much to see every day—international vehicles, unreleased development vehicles, and even the occasional shiny GT!

Ford Internship

Beyond the engineering work, Ford also arranged meetings for interns with executives, employee professional development days, and tickets to a NASCAR race. Living in Detroit was very awesome—I traveled to Ann Arbor and Detroit, got to see my favorite band Tame Impala at a fantastic music festival with fellow Ambassador Charlotte, and continued my jiu-jitsu training!

I was very grateful to receive a full-time offer from Ford, so I’m looking forward to returning after I graduate.

Spring Semester Wrapping Up

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, 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).


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.

Summer Internship at ABB

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 1 April 2019

I can’t believe that it’s April already and the semester is finally starting to wind down. While I’m definitely sad to be leaving Athens and all of my friends behind, I am looking forward to my summer plans and taking a much anticipated break from school work. Since this is officially my last blog post of junior year, I thought I’d update you all on what I will be doing during my time away from Ohio University!

I will be returning this summer to the same company I worked for last summer—ABB Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. ABB is a worldwide power and industrial automation company. Last summer I enjoyed working in the Systems Engineering Department, while this summer I will be expanding my horizons an working in the Proposals Engineering Department. I am excited for this, as it involves a heavy amount of planning and overseeing projects/developments. I am confident that this department will allow me to get the perfect overview of what every department of the company does, all while fueling my love of planning and organization.

I officially begin work on May 13th and will be working full time until mid August. In the meantime however, I have several much anticipated vacations planned for a few weeks in July. My family will be heading back to Carolina Beach, North Carolina for one week, where we will enjoy the ocean and atmosphere. A few weeks following that, I will be heading to the Outer Banks, North Carolina with my boyfriend and his family. I’m also expecting several concerts and trips to Cedar Point throughout the summer.

I will definitely be keeping busy while I am away from Athens. While I will miss being in the town that I love, I am excited for the opportunities that await me once finals week is over.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 23 March 2019

My favorite part about living in a college town is all the opportunities there are here to try new things. The Ohio University community and the surrounding Athens community have so many possibilities to join, from service groups to international conversation clubs to undergraduate research to outdoor recreation.

This semester, I decided to try a new thing: Brazilian jiu-jitsu! It is a grappling-based martial art which is centered around the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force them to give up. Most of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is focused on taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling them in order to subdue the opponent.


I have been training in fundamentals and women’s self-defense at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy—Athens since January. Self-defense is a crucial skill to learn, and I also enjoy the atmosphere of the classes—the students are of all ages, from all over Southeastern Ohio. The women’s self-defense class is a supportive, inspiring group of strong women who are all talented teachers; it’s truly empowering.

One of my favorite things about jiu-jitsu is improving myself. With any new move or skill that I learn, it’s guaranteed that I won’t master it on the first try—but that’s okay! In jiu-jitsu, I have learned to be comfortable with failing at first, and the feeling of satisfaction and confidence that comes from personal growth is unparalleled. Going to jiu-jitsu class is a fun break from my engineering classes, because it’s a different type of challenge.