Category Archives: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Finding my First Job

Lorraine Fitzgerald

Lorraine Fitzgerald,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 16 November 2020

Last month, I was offered and accepted a full-time position with Parker Hannifin—a fifteen-billion-dollar global manufacturing company that has over 3,000 product lines. These products range from valves to medical and dental equipment.

I was hired as a Lean Leadership Associate and will be working in their Motion Systems Group. During my first two years at Parker, I will be in a leadership development program that is intended to ensure that I am a well-rounded professional and am set up for success and ready to hold a management position after graduating from the program. While in this two-year program, I will move every six months.

All the companies I connected with and received job offers from were through Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology Fall Career Fair. During all my interviews I was told that they could tell that I am passionate about my work and am eager to learn.

After hearing and thinking about what they had told me, the best advice I could give to any undergraduate student is to find and study something they are truly passionate about. I learned that if you really like something, it is a lot easier to talk about. I also learned that it is important to choose the right job position and company for you.

I chose to accept the offer from Parker Hannifin over the others because I knew that I wanted to be part of a team that cares about one another, has a positive atmosphere, provides me with the ability to move into a leadership role, and allows me to move between states and travel.

A Saturday Break to Enjoy Campus

Meghan Harris

Meghan Harris,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 8 November 2020

Yesterday, my roommate Kayla and I decided we both needed to step away from computers and schoolwork. It was very nice and sunny, so we went for a picnic on West Green. We made sandwiches, a fruit salad, and bottled some cranberry juice to drink. We grabbed a disposable tablecloth and one of my blankets and started our walk to West Green.

We walked down Court Street and all the local shops were open, so we made a mental note to check them out on our way back. Part of our journey included going under the new Richland Avenue Bridge. We admired the new walkway and the remodel of the front of West Green.

We wanted to sit a bit closer to the engineering building (Stocker Center), so we walked up the beautiful green. We found a nice shady spot under one of the many trees and started our set up. Once we had our picnic ready, we started to savor the weather and the feeling of being on West Green. There were only a few people out, a senior getting some pictures taken, and the occasional student out on a walk.

We reminisced about our semester and what went well or plans for the upcoming semester. We both want to read more and take daily walks. After talking and enjoying the weather we packed up our things and headed back home.

We did remember to stop by the local shops, and I got a few smaller gifts. An ornament for a family member and locally made stickers for some gift boxes Kayla and I were working on. Overall, getting out of our apartment was very much needed and a good way to get some extra vitamin D.

Growing Houseplants for an Inside Semester

Danielle Klein

Danielle Klein,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 1 November 2020

One of the things that my roommates and I have been doing to take care of ourselves this semester is collecting houseplants. We started with a few plants and we now have plants scattered all over the apartment.

Seeing plants grow, bloom, and even make fruit has been a great thing to put energy into and has made our apartment much greener.

Houseplants

Since we’re here all the time this semester it was even more important for us to make a space that we enjoyed being in.

Houseplants

One of my favorite plants is a Lemon Tree (named Liz Lemon) who is currently growing three lemons that we’re very excited to eat when they’re ready.

If you’re looking for some easy ways to make your space a little greener a few easy to take care of plants are a great way to go.

Hiking at Strouds Run

Lorraine Fitzgerald

Lorraine Fitzgerald,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 October 2020

This semester I started hiking with my dog, Bruin, on a regular basis. I meet my friend, Kate, and her dog, Duke, at least four times a week at either Strouds Run or the Ridges to hike 2-3 miles before our day of online classes and working remotely begins.

Hiking has helped ensure that I am remaining physically active and getting fresh air while I am stuck in my apartment all day for online classes and meeting remotely with my teams for group projects.

Hiking at Strouds Run

Through hiking I have learned to appreciate the outdoors and the beauty of nature more than I already did. Especially now that it is fall, seeing the sunrise in the beginning of our hike, all of the different colored leaves drifting away in the wind, and the sight of morning dew on the tall grass is one form of nature’s beauty that I had never fully appreciated before.

Seeing the deer, squirrels, and ground hogs, and hearing the birds’ chirp in the morning helps set my mood and positive mindset for the day. Even though the world is full of chaos and stressors right now, I always remind myself of the peacefulness and the beauty that our world has and look forward to my morning hikes with Bruin, Kate, and Duke.

Learning to Paint

Meghan Harris

Meghan Harris,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 October 2020

Classes can be a lot to deal with, especially in an online format. Personally, I am taking five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes, which means math all hours of the day. This can take a toll, so it is very helpful to take breaks and find creative outlets to use the other side of my brain.

Although I might not be very good, I love to paint. it gives me an outlet to express myself and relax after a long day. I can also do it with friends and share the time with them. We often sit and talk about our day which reminds me that I did put in a good day of work and deserve a break.

I often struggle with perfectionism and painting has helped me accept every brush stroke has a purpose and the more I paint the better I will become. I can apply these principles to my classes which in the end will propel me further into my career. Overall, doing homework is good but you need to remind yourself to take breaks and enjoy the time you have currently. It is something I am working on, myself, and I will continue painting to do so.

Here are some examples of my work. For all of them, I used acrylic paint on an 8 by 6 canvas.

This is a painting of Stocker Center (the home of the Russ College) that I’m currently working on. The colors have been tricky even though they are simple. Soon my roommates and I are going to have a picnic in front of Stocker and paint!

Painting

I painted this piece after a meeting with one of my professors. He was encouraging me to speak up during class more and he told me this quote.

Painting

This is a piece I did for my house next year. To keep in contact with my roommates over quarantine, we took some Buzzfeed Quizzes. Each drink represents one of my roommate’s results. This was my first painting of the semester and I worked on it for about a week between classes and homework.

Painting

The Snuggly Duckling sign is from one of my favorite Disney movies, Tangled.

Painting

These two were made by my friend Caroline. We play Stardew Valley together to relax and have fun, so the intro page brings us a lot of good memories. She also painted the doge of wisdom which is a video that brings the both of us great joy.

Painting