Category Archives: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Taking a “Victory Lap”

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 18 February 2019

With this being my final semester, I am only enrolled in four classes and only two of them are required for Industrial and Systems Engineering. The other two classes are Yoga and Circuit Training offered through our university’s PAW recreational classes at Ping.

I am so happy that I have been able to practice yoga every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past five weeks of the semester. I was a self-taught yogi for about two years in the past, but I fell out of practice as school became more challenging and my time here became more stressful. I saw this semester as the perfect opportunity to pick it back up and reshape my mind.

Yoga is an amazing way to connect one’s mind and body. It requires patience, control, silence, and mindfulness. The practice helps to settle the mind and body and to connect with your breath. It also has a very humbling spirit to it…especially when you find yourself falling out of a pose and merely laughing at your inability to balance while your neighbor holds perfectly still.

I have grown strong in my practice and am more confident now than ever, both outside and inside of the gym. Having a healthy mindset translates directly to having a healthy lifestyle. This is something so critical and reassuring to bring into the “real world”.

Being also enrolled in a circuit training class, I am constantly pushed to my physical limits and building strength. This semester has taught me that yes, I am here to study and shape my engineering future, but I am most importantly here to utilize Ohio University’s resources to the fullest.

Studying at Jefferson Marketplace

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2019

If you are looking for a great place to study or socialize, I would suggest one of the best places on campus: the Jefferson Marketplace/Jefferson Hall Lobby.

For my first two years on campus, I lived on East Green in the Read/Johnson Complex. I would usually study at Alden Library, but occasionally, I would study in the engineering buildings (Stocker or the Academic and Research Center) or somewhere else.

However, after the renovation of Jefferson Hall, I found a great place to study where I could complete my work in a serene and comfortable environment. While there, you can grab a sandwich from Brick City Deli, then grab a cup of coffee (or tea) from Steeped and Stirred, and finally, find a suitable location to study which varies from room to room. All the study spaces include whiteboards and space for group projects, whether in the individual, multipurpose or corridor areas.

Overall, from the fireplace in the lobby to the cozy seats in the corridor, Jefferson does a great job in helping you feel comfortable and cozy. And plus, if you need snacks, the market is within reach.

If you are ever on East Green, I highly recommend studying (or socializing) there, it is definitely a memorable spot!

Experience Everything Athens

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 December 2018

As my fifth and final fall semester comes to a close, I’ve been making it a point to experience everything Athens. Taking walks through campus with an awareness and mindfulness of my surroundings, spending cold days in Donkey with a hot cup of coffee, and even trying out new restaurants.

In spirit of this, I treated my roommate to a holiday wine tasting at Athens Uncorked this past Friday for her graduation. It was our first time at the location, and as fifth year seniors, figured it would be a nice alternative to the chaos of Court Street or a night studying at Alden.

We were surprisingly the only college students there for the first few hours. The setting was a little surreal, but the unfamiliar feeling was almost comforting. After a little while, the place was full of people and holiday cheer! We indulged in a cheese plate and hummus, sipped on samples of wine, and enjoyed one another’s conversation.

Athens Uncorked

Altogether, we were extremely satisfied with the evening and went home smiling. It was bittersweet knowing it was our last weekend in Athens together, but it was well worth it.

If you are of age and looking to enjoy a hidden gem of Athens, I highly recommend checking out Athens Uncorked for a quiet evening and great service.

Beauty of Athens

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 21 November 2018

During the fall, the city of Athens beautifully transforms into the ideal autumn setting. Everywhere I go, I can see God’s beauty in every tree. The crimson and gold leaves wrap around the trees as they glow in the sunlight. I have always loved the fall months in Athens, especially when I was on East Green. During my first two years on campus, I lived in the Read-Johnson complex where I would observe the trees change from a sea of green to a canvas of red and yellow. I took pictures of the trees once they changed each year.

Autumn in Athens

East Green Corridor; Photographed by A. Chaney, 2016

Autumn in Athens

Shot from Washington Arch; Photographed by A. Chaney, 2017

This year, I live in Bromley Hall, which sits in downtown Athens. Instead of a sea of green, it is a sea of red bricks, black asphalt and gray concrete. As the months passed by, I wondered if I would see the beauty of Athens again. However, on my way to class, I saw the picturesque landscape of Athens again, a tree near Baker, and the sunlight captured it perfectly. The trees outside Alden Library, College Green, and near Bentley Hall have been wonderful sources of pictures.

Autumn in Athens

Tree at Baker University Center; Photographed by A. Chaney, 2018

I would say that taking pictures during the fall is a nice pastime for me as it gives my mind reprieve. I strongly encourage my fellow students to “slow down, breathe in, then look around”. There is beauty all around us—we just need to take the time to find it and appreciate it.

Autumn in Athens

Bentley’s Treel; Photographed by A. Chaney, 2018

Autumn Hikes around Athens

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 5 November 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Bobcats! Autumn is upon us! Athens is glowing with endless colorful hills and the weather is just right for early morning walks to class.

Autumn in Athens

Fall has always been my favorite season for several reasons: my November birthday, the trees, spooky Halloween activities, the endless outfit options, and so much more. One of my most beloved fall activities is going for hikes around campus. As a former cross-country runner, the bike path along the Hocking River became my best friend freshman year.

Autumn in Athens

The hocking river has been my escape from stress and anxious Sundays for the past five years. Every so often I even find myself running through the brick roads of the ridges while the red and orange leaves fall upon my path. While some find the Ridges to be creepy and eery, I have always found peace in the quiet roads and old buildings.

Autumn in Athens

Recently I’ve been taking short walks around Emeritti Park to sit and reflect on the week ahead and sometimes walk through my old stomping grounds of South Green to reminisce. The fresh air is therapeutic before sitting down to finish up any last minute homework before Monday rolls around. After our long fall weekends, (Homecoming, HallOUween, and dad’s weekend) a Sunday hike is the only thing that can clear my head and make me appreciate this beautiful campus before I have to say my goodbyes in May.

My advice to any Bobcat is to get out there and explore! This campus has plenty of beauty to offer and the fall season brings out the best of it.

Flying to Arizona

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 2 October 2018

My whole life I’ve only ever known vacation on the road. My father has driven our family to (and across) almost every one of the United States of America. From several mini-vacations to two full cross-country roadtrips, I’ve seen a lot of America from the car’s perspective. While it has been amazing, I’ve always wanted to see the country from 40,000 feet in the air.

Finally, the opportunity presented itself when my sister sent me a birthday card with the promise of flying me out to visit her in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was only four months earlier that my family drove across the country to move her in. Fast forward, to August 9th, 2018 and I am arriving at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport excited beyond belief to finally be above the clouds. Luckily, I had my sister’s friend with me to help navigate the airport and get to our boarding gate on time.

Waiting for the plane to take off is a moment I will never forget. I don’t think I broke my attention from the window for more than 10 minutes out of the four-hour flight. I couldn’t believe my eyes. As we got closer to Arizona, the view of the mountains and red rocks was spectacular.

Pink Jeep Tour

When we arrived in Scottsdale, my sister had a full agenda set for us for the next five days. We spent a whole first day in Sedona, hiking, and going on one of the famous Pink Jeep Tours. The last day, my mom treated my sister and I to a one night’s stay at an incredible resort.

It was the best vacation I could have asked for and I cannot thank my sister enough for treating me to my first ever flight.

I couldn’t wait to board the plane again for the flight home.

Summer Co-op at GTC

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 23 September 2018

Learning. Discovery. Perspective. Quality. Four words that wholly describe my experience this past summer as an intern. I interned at the General Tool Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, “an award-winning supplier of mission critical hardware and systems to the world’s leading Aerospace, Defense and Commercial manufacturers”.

Learning is never confined to a classroom. In this experience, I had the opportunity to work alongside personnel throughout the company. I reported to the Chief Operating Officer, from whom I learned a most valuable tool: Rock Sheet (which is a project planning tool).

For both of my projects, I had to meet all the “stakeholders” involved throughout their respective processes. Nearly everyone at the company was willing to teach me about their departments, meet with me for hours on end to answer my questions, and help me achieve the goals of my projects.

GTC

Discovery is built on the willingness to explore and listen. This was my first experience as an intern and I was eager to learn all I could. One discovery was the importance of current state analysis. Performing “current state analysis” reminded me of Sherlock Holmes during his investigative process. For any detective to solve a case, a detective must be willing to explore everywhere and everything and listen to everyone who is involved.

Likewise, I discovered one of the most important tools of an Industrial Engineer in the workplace is also investigation. Obtaining the perspective of others is very important – it is easy to view a solution from one’s own perspective. Obtaining different perspectives was very important when I developed documentation for a key part for a primary defense contractor and improved the operational efficiency of the Paint Booth.

For the documentation project, I developed standard work documents to reduce training time and machine downtime and established new baselines for future analysis. For the Paint Booth operational improvement project, which consisted of two sub-projects, I streamlined the ordering process for consumable inventory (supplies) to reduce excess “buffer time” and I implemented a Kanban system with repeatable processes to reduce “muda” of inventory and of waiting.

One common theme between learning, discovery and perspective is quality. While
working in the Quality Department, I gained insight into how quality sets the foundation of a company’s reputation. Disciplined quality is the key to success.

These principles not only apply to an internship—they apply to life and your career.