Category Archives: Electrical Engineering

Fall Engineering & Technology Career Fair

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 22 September 2018

A little over a week ago, as I sat down at the beginning of class, my friend asked me if I was going to the career fair. I hadn’t read my email much that week, so I was extremely surprised to learn that it was only a week away.

If I am being honest, thinking about the career fair made me nervous. The previous two years I felt I could shrug it off because I was only a freshman/sophomore and had a research job. However, this year being a junior I knew I needed to go and try and get an internship for the summer, so I could have some hands-on experience to put on my future resumé. I had only attended the career fair once prior to this year’s and I only spoke to two employers, so my goal this year was to go in more confident and speak to several companies.

A few days before the career fair, I looked up all the companies offering electrical engineering internships and wrote down the ones that interested me, along with what they did. I wanted to make sure I would be able to hold a conversation with the employer, and not have a short chat where I could be easily forgotten. I also updated my resume and talked to a few of my friends that had success at previous career fairs.

On the day of the career fair after a couple of classes and dealing with a faulty printer, I headed over anxious but ready. Once I got to Stocker, I mustered up as much confidence as I could, put on my name tag, and looked for the first company I wished to speak to.

I spoke to five or six different companies and each conversation included shaking hands to introduce myself, telling them what I am interested in, answering questions about myself, and asking questions about their company.

Looking back on my second experience at the career fair, I can say I felt way more comfortable and confident speaking to the employers, and I am hopeful that I left a lasting impression on at least one. All in all, I think the career fair is a great experience to gain confidence and learn how to speak to employers.

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 October 2017

One sport I did not know anything about this year is Field Hockey. Even after attending multiple games this semester, I still don’t know all of the rules. It might be more accurate to call it “Xtreme Golf” instead of field hockey, due to the following factors: color of the field, the way the club/stick is swung, length of the field compared to a par 3 golf course, size of the goal compared to a golf hole, and the height the ball was hit at normally for each swing.

Since I was a huge fan of the game the first time I went, I made sure to attend the rest of the home games. My favorite game I went to was with my roommate Jake. Before the game two of the players gave us their spirited shirts that were pink and showed the field hockey team’s support for breast cancer awareness.

The last game I went to this year at home I saw their first win, and that was one of my favorite memories of this year.

Field Hockey

Road Trip to Arizona

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 September 2017

My friend Matt worked an internship out in California with the AmeriCorps helping with wildlife habitat conservation and reparation. He wanted to take his car all the way from Ohio to California, and wanted someone to go with him. I wasn’t starting work until later in the summer, and I had also not seen many states or landmarks out west.

It was the perfect trip because he had everything planned, all I had to do was follow along for the ride. We made it from Ohio to Missouri, Missouri to Colorado, Colorado to Utah, and then Utah to Arizona. We camped in different National Forests and locations owned by the Bureau of Land Management. We shared Matt’s two-person tent, but with two grown adult men it felt more like a one-person tent.

I was able to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, stand under the Delicate Arch in Utah, and camp on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

I would recommend to anyone to take a road trip to any location, because it is great time off to relax and enjoy a numerous amount of hours sitting in a car listening to the same 50 songs. Luckily my mom and sister happened to be in Arizona right when I was passing through with Matt, so I was able to fly home with them.

Second Summer at Honda

Andrew Videmsek

Andrew Videmsek,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 31 August 2017

This past summer I lived in Troy, Ohio, while I was completing my second co-op term with Honda. I was located at Honda’s Anna Engine Plant working in the Engineering North America group. This group’s focus is the design and implementation of specialized production equipment for Honda plants. I was
specifically within the electrical design group working directly with a team of 16 other electrical engineers focused on automated manufacturing.

Similar to my previous co-op at Honda, this term introduced me to a brand-new environment and set of challenges that I have never seen or faced before. The Anna Engine Plant is 2.4 million square foot plant that employs 2800 people to assist in the production of engines for a wide range of Honda vehicles.
Working at a location such as this one I was able to work on tasks that brought forth challenges that are not found at smaller-scale facilities.

The projects I worked on gave me the opportunity to grow my skills in areas such as PLC and HMI programming, as well as in the area of electrical hardware design for automated manufacturing. The main focus for many of my projects was to add automated systems to current lines to help ensure part quality without impacting speed of production. I was fortunate enough to work on projects for my home plant in addition to a project for a Honda plant down in Georgia.

Now that I am back at school for my for senior year, I am able to look back and appreciate the opportunity I had during my co-op. The knowledge and skills that I gained during the past 3 months are ones that I will use for the rest of my academic career as well as long into my career outside of school.

IEEE Student Activities Conference

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 10 April 2017

This past weekend, I went with The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to the annual Student Activities Conference (SAC) at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. It was honestly one of the best trips that I have ever gone on. Events like these are mostly for professional development, but for me it was so much more. It was a chance for me to get to know my fellow students and it was also a chance to get away from Athens for a little bit and explore a new city!

This year the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science fully supported us to represent Ohio University at SAC. There we got to attend seminars about various subjects, including ethics, leadership, and the Young Professionals Society.

We also got to meet students from other schools. We competed against them in a variety of events that tested our knowledge about physics, circuits and problem solving. We actually ended up winning third in the physics competition and got to bring home a trophy!

My favorite part of the trip, though, was getting to know my fellow members of IEEE. During the car ride and the stay in Glassboro, we got to bond in a way that we haven’t before. I think this was due, in part, to school still being a lingering thought in our regular socials and meetings. Since we were off campus and most of the weekend we were busy with the conference, we got to take a break from the stress.

I was very pleased to find out how welcoming and comfortable everyone was with each other. It made the bonding experience that much better. There were a lot of factors that went into what made this trip so successful, but I honestly think it was the group of people that went that made it one of my favorite weekends to date.

Recharging over Spring Break

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 13 March 2017

It’s about that time in the semester where I start to get tired and I feel like I need a vacation. Luckily, there is such a thing as spring break! During spring break, I take some much needed me time so I can get my head back on straight.

With engineering, there aren’t many days off, so I take full advantage of this week. Every year I get to go back home and catch up with my family, friends, and schoolwork. Plus, my mom and I usually go on a short vacation.

This year I spent most of my week hanging out with my family. I worked at my dad’s donut shop to earn a few extra bucks. I enjoyed the nice weather by picking up some milkshakes. I celebrated some birthdays. I also worked on some of my research and schoolwork so I could stay ahead of the game.

As much as I enjoyed seeing everyone back home, the highlight of my spring break was my trip to Washington D.C. While everyone was down at the beach, I got to walk around the capital. I have been before, but my mom had never been, so we made sure to visit all of the “must-sees”. We saw the White House, the Capitol building, the National Zoo, all of the main monuments like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and we visited some of the museums on the mall, like the Holocaust Museum and the Natural History Museum. We also took one of those touristy bike tours. (So worth it!)

During the couple days I went to D.C. I didn’t take my laptop or my book bag. I found out that it is so important to get a break from life for a little bit and just see what the world has to offer. That is what I did this spring break unlike the ones in the past. It really did make all the difference in how much I enjoyed the trip.

Working with Habitat for Humanity

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Junior, Electrical Engineeering

Athens, OH 6 February 2017

This past Thursday I started working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is a hardware center where people in the Athens area can donate just about anything pertaining to home improvement, including furniture, gardening tools, lighting, and doors. By donating these items, others can buy them, like they would in a normal store, but the proceeds go to building houses for people in the community.

So far, my job at the ReStore has included cleaning donated furniture and setting it up on the floor for people to buy. But, on days where there isn’t donated furniture to fix up, I get to help reorganize the floor so items are more easily accessible. The volunteers and employees have been very kind and helpful to get me acquainted with the store and to make me feel at home. That makes me feel like I’m in the right bunch of people, actually helping make a difference in the Athens community.

I have had a small history with Habitat for Humanity. Starting in high school, I got to volunteer to build a house for someone in my community back home. Seeing the reaction on her face to finally get a home, made me want to come back to volunteer again. I have also helped shovel lava rock as part of the Habitat for Humanity student organization on campus. Because these experiences were so rewarding, I decided to become a weekly volunteer in Athens County!

Volunteering has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I love helping people, and knowing that I possibly made a small, positive, difference in their day, or sometimes even a large difference in their life. Not only does volunteering look good on a resume, but it also can make a difference in your world or someone else’s