Category Archives: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Biking Around Athens

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 9 April 2020

As my time in Athens comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing on all the wonderful memories I’ve made here, and all the unique facets of Athens that make it such a special place. One of the best parts about Athens that I’ve enjoyed the most is its natural beauty. Athens is the perfect place for so many outdoor activities, like hiking, rock climbing, running, and cycling.


I started to cycle as a hobby at the beginning of my first semester of senior year and wish I had started exploring Athens by bike much sooner, for multiple reasons.

First of all, there is the bike path, named the “Hockhocking Adena Bikeway,” which stretches from near Ohio University’s campus, all the way to Nelsonville. This path is frequented by all sorts of athletes—from cyclists, to runners, to rollerbladers. On any given ride, you can glimpse toddlers taking their first spins on tricycles, couples on tandem bikes, and elderly folks on recumbent bicycles. Not only is the bike path a fun place to ride, but there are also a multitude of hills around Athens to get the legs pumping.

Second of all, Athens has a wonderful cycling community, and many independent bike shops, such as Athens Bicycle, Black Diamond Bicycles and Rental, and Cycle Path Bicycle. Starting out as a beginner, I was able to get all the equipment I needed, like pedals, shoes, and a proper fit, from these helpful folks.

Lastly, the scenery in Athens is truly beautiful in all seasons. Whether in fall, when the leaves are changing, disintegrating with a gentle crunch under the wheels, or in spring, when the beautiful scent of blossoming flowers travel on sweet winds, Athens’ natural beauty is perpetually on display. Riding a bike through Southeastern Ohio takes one past farms with horses and turkeys, past rushing rivers and streams, and alongside railroad tracks and trains. I can’t recommend exploring Athens enough, whether it’s by bicycle, hiking, or running. I will miss the one-of-a-kind charms of exploring outside in Athens when I move away!

Activities with AIChE

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2020

The first organization I became a member of at Ohio University was the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). At the end of my freshman year, I became the secretary for the organization. I held that position until the end of the junior year when I became President. As I start my last few weeks as a student, I have had to say goodbye to the student chapter. Elections have been held, and AIChE officially has a new President!

Through AIChE, I got to visit chemical plants and even the Jackie O’s brewery.

AIChE Plant Tour

Every Halloween we carved pumpkins. We had movie nights, sundae parties, bowling events, card night, and many other social events. I had the opportunity to learn more about the college when the organization sponsored university events such as the Career Fair and Ramen Fest. I got to know my professors better by planning a fall dinner at the Chemical Engineering assistant department head’s house, and a spring picnic at the department head’s house. I was able to network with alumni and professionals in industry when they would come to meetings.

My favorite aspect of being involved in a student organization was getting to know the other students within my program; they have made my time at Ohio University a fulling and memorable journey.

Talking about Internship Experiences

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 4 March 2020

This year, I have had the opportunity to serve on several Co-op/Internship Panels for ET 1500. This is a course within the Russ College that emphasizes the importance of co-ops and internships, career options for each major, writing resumes, cover letters and reference pages, interviewing tips and strategies, and more. This was a fun way to reflect on my own co-ops and internships, and I hope that sharing my experiences was helpful to the students in the class.

During my time as an engineering student, I’ve had a summer research internship at a small biotech company Quidel, a 6-month process engineering co-op at the chemical manufacturing company DuPont, and an environmental engineering summer internship at Ford Motor Company. Each experience has been vastly different than the others, and each helped me decide what I want to do in my future career. The students in the class were curious about how I found each opportunity, what the responsibilities were in each role, and what I liked.

Dean Pidcock, the Director of the Office of Professional Experiences, asked for parting words of wisdom at the end of the panel. I told the students, don’t be afraid to leave for a semester or two to complete a co-op! The side effect of graduating later was completely worth it to me. You can earn money while working, learn about processes and concepts at a co-op that you haven’t even seen in school yet, get ahead, and make your resume much more attractive to prospective employers. I’m very glad I chose to do a co-op as a student.

Preparing for Life after College

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 3 March 2020

After I graduate this Spring, I’ll start my full time job as a process engineer at Kraton Polymers. The plant I will work at is in Belpre, Ohio (only about 40 minutes from campus), so it’s not a far move! I did three co-op rotations at Kraton, so this transition won’t be too difficult.

Kraton is one of many employers that have a great relationship with Russ College, so I was able to get my co-op with the company through the college. I hope to be able to come back for a career fair and help recruit future engineers.

In order to prepare for my move, I first had to find an apartment. After searching for about a month, I found one about 20 minutes from my plant. I’m now trying to find cheap, but still nice furniture and kitchenware. Anytime I visit family, I come back with their old plates and glasses, and was even able to score a crock pot, and a George Foreman grill.

While preparing for the next step in my life, I try to remember to enjoy these last few months I still have at Ohio University. I try to take time to walk to College Green, go to the shops on Court Street, and enjoy hanging out with my classmates who have become my best friends.

OHIO Friends

Spring Break Cruise Plans

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 28 February 2020

Senior year truly is flying by. I know I say it every blog post, but I can’t believe that it is almost March already!

With that being said, that means Spring Break (my last one ever!) is officially on the horizon. Only one more week of classes and then it is finally here! My friends and I wanted to do something bigger this year since it is our very last one.

We decided back in November that we were going to book a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas and Grand Cayman Islands! Our cruise leaves out of Miami on Monday, March 9th! It is a five-day cruise and there are 10 of us going together. I am rooming with two of my best friends, Lauren and Kelsey.

I can’t wait to spend some much needed time in the sun with my best friends. I am also excited for all the food that the cruise will offer! There is a buffet open 24/7 on every deck and we are also served a three course meal for dinner every night. There is also a casino, dance club, swimming pool and slide, as well as workout equipment on board!

It’s safe to say that we are going to go out with a bang. Spring Break can not get here soon enough!