Category Archives: Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Philosophical Engineer

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 April 2019

With Spring Semester winding down, it is good to reflect on what has occurred and the growth you experienced because of it – which aligns with the themes of Spring – renewal, rejuvenation, and restoration. Also, it serves as a good time to “discover” new things.

This semester I was blessed with a good set of classes—ranging from Math to Engineering to Philosophy. One class that stands out the most is PHIL 1300, taught by Dr. Lent. This class provides a different way of thinking, highlighting societal shortcomings and moral issues.

You may think “How does Philosophy relate to Engineering?” This is a fair question; however, philosophical concepts do apply to engineering and technology, especially regarding our overall use of technology. The professor and I have discussed the effects of technology on various fields. Also, stemming from our talks, he has suggested books and other material to read (which I will read over the summer).

I am looking forward to learning more things outside of my field of study. When you have the opportunity, take a course that is not necessarily aligned to your major. You may be surprised at what you discover. You will find that there are many ways to align ourselves with our motto, “Create for Good”.

Rest, Reflection, and Robotics

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 18 March 2019

This Spring Break was a great time to rest …. And reflect. Although the time went by very quickly, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

The highlight of my break was on Saturday. For the past nine years, on a Saturday in March, my parents and I (below) have volunteered at the “Where in the World is Dr. Dunn” Robotics Competition.

Robotics

The event is hosted by the National Technical Association (NTA) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) – College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Robotics

Nearly eleven years ago, I was a middle schooler participating in the National Technical Association’s Math Camp hosted at UC and directed by Dr. Cheryl Dunn. Dr. Dunn asked the camp participants to share ideas for activities. I loved (and still love) Legos™ and had discovered Robotics by using the Mindstorms™ sets. I shared my idea for a Robotics competition by writing a proposal (with the help of my parents to the NTA and Dr. Dunn.)

Robotics

Dr. Dunn and the NTA implemented the idea which initially focused on elementary and middle school students. The first competition was in 2010 and participation has increased over the years and it now includes high school students.

Robotics

Since 2010, the leadership committee has rewarded my contribution by allowing me to present the A.P. Chaney Perseverance Award. This award is given to the team or individual who has found a way to overcome their challenges. This also motivates me to continue to persevere and to do my best.

Robotics

Below are the 2019 A.P. Chaney Perseverance Award Winners.

Robotics

Overall, this was a chance to rest, reflect and enjoy Robotics. I had an opportunity to “create for good” and this was a wonderful way to spend my Spring Break!

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

OU Football

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 17 November 2018

Nearly everyone has reminded me to take a break and “loosen up.” I haven’t always heeded their advice. I generally wait for the long weekend breaks or the holidays for respite. However, earlier this week, I took a chance and gave myself a much-needed break. This opportunity came from the Presidential Leadership Society of which I am a member. I had the opportunity to watch a football game from the President’s Box.

President Nellis

Throughout my three years here at OHIO, I had gone to only three football games, but left by halftime. I left early because I felt that I needed to immediately get back to my studies.

This entire experience was very exciting. I met and talked to many people from the University—alumni, faculty, administration, and friends of OHIO. And as a bonus, we beat Buffalo 52-17! Most importantly, I enjoyed myself!

Just as others have told me to “take a break and loosen up,” I would like to pass the same advice on to you. So, take a break and loosen up—you will be glad you did!