Category Archives: Mechanical Engineering

Kayaking

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 April 2019

To get my mind off of my senior design this spring, I enrolled in kayaking! Though I have canoed and kayaked a few times in the past, I never formally learned any techniques. I thought this course would be a perfect way to learn the fundamentals and have a chance to spend some time outdoors.

The first couple of classes were taught in the aquatics center to practice basic paddling strokes and maneuverability. The best exercise was the wet exits where students had to exit the kayak after flipping over.

During the weekend skills portion of the class, the class went to Dow Lake, Burr Oak Lake, and the Hocking River. Some light rain and high winds on Burr Oak made for excitingly rough conditions to tackle.

Kayaking

At the end of the second day, the students played a game similar to ultimate Frisbee but in kayaks. Unfortunately, I flipped over during the game. But I performed a wet exit and drained my kayak of water, then jumped right back into the game.

The weekend ended with a trip down the Hocking River and into the Ohio River. This was much less energy intensive than open water kayaking, as the river current helped push the kayaks downstream.

I am very glad with my decision to enroll in the course this semester. I made new friends, learned new skills, and had an awesome trip.

Summer Plans

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2019

With graduation being less than a month away, I am thinking about summer more and more! There is still plenty to do between now and the end of the semester, but I can’t help but to think of summertime. I am continuing on to graduate school here at OU in the fall and will be spending the better half of the summer in Athens. However, I am also planning on doing a fair amount of traveling throughout.

The largest trip I have planned is a two week long trip to Serbia. I will be going the second half of May, and I can’t wait! I am 100% Serbian; both of my parents are Serbian, as are their parents, and so on. This will be my first time visiting the country, and I am extremely excited to see the country of my ancestors. I am going with my parents and my sister, and we will be travelling all around the country over the span of the trip!

The other trips I have planned for the summer are relatively small in comparison. I will be staying mostly in Athens but will be taking many trips back home to Pittsburgh to visit family and friends. I am also planning a trip back to Nashville with my friend (and former ambassador) Jane! The picture below is from when we went last summer, and both would really like to go back again! My remaining time in Athens this summer will be spent doing research and moving towards my master’s degree! Overall, I am excited for a fun summer.

Nashville

Moving to Arizona for the Summer

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 March 2019

In early May, I’ll be moving from Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona for an internship with Freeport McMoRan. This will be the first time in my life that I’ve lived so far away from home in a city where I don’t know anyone. I’ve always dreamt of living in Arizona, surrounded by cacti and mountains, but the end of this semester will leave me feeling bittersweet.

Usually by the end of spring semester, I’m ready to go home and spend time with family, start a job, and basically have a “fresh start,” but this past school year has been one of the best; I’ve grown closer to the students in my major, gained more interest in new, major specific classes, and become a happier and more positive person in general.

I still am incredibly excited to move to Arizona and work in a different field in an effort to help me figure out what direction I want to take after I graduate. Even though I’m excited and nervous for this opportunity, I truly believe in the quote: “take the leap if it is worth the fall”. In that spirit, I can’t wait for this opportunity and to see where it leads me in the future!

Rock Climbing

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 March 2019

There is a large rock-climbing community in Athens/Ohio University. Since my freshman year, I have been a casual member of said community but this past semester I have greatly increased the frequency of my climbing.

To do this, I joined Climb Athens, a local non-profit that runs two climbing gyms in the vicinity of campus. Although technically accurate, the previous sentence makes this organization seem slightly more official than it actually is; one gym is housed in a garage while the other is in an attic. BetaFish, the garage-gym, is shown in the picture below.

BetaFish

Despite, or possibly due to, the homemade feel, these gyms are wonderful and chock full of challenging routes.

Joining Climb Athens has been a wonderful experience that has helped me greatly improve as a climber. This is improvement is mostly due to the fact that both gyms are full of many excellent climbers willing to offer advice and encouragement. Some of these climbers are OHIO students while other are Athens community members.

I highly recommend that other OHIO students get involved in a hobby, especially one that introduces you to the Athens community. It is extremely beneficial to take a break from school and clear your head; it is also nice to see that there is more to Athens than the OHIO campus.

As a bonus, I included a picture of myself after winning a free bag of climbing chalk at BetaFish!

Free Chalk

A Concert before Break

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2019

As the spring break approaches, I have found my work load is steadily increasing, as per usual. Most professors are cramming midterms in before the halfway point of the year, and senior design is in full effect. Often, this time of year can be very stressful, so I think it’s important to take a mental break every once in a while. This time, I went to a concert last Saturday night in Columbus!

The show was Vince Staples, with JPEGMAFIA opening. I went with two friends and fellow ambassadors, Lydia and Quinn! We drove up Saturday evening, and came back later that night. Lydia has friends in Columbus, so we met up with them and attended the concert all together. It was fun to be able to hang out with her high school friends!

Both Vince Staples and JPEG make hip-hop/rap music. The concert was very high energy, and a great way to take my mind off of school! For its entirety, we did not stop dancing. Vince Staples ended the concert by playing an old performance of a fellow rapper and his late friend, Mac Miller. Mac is from Pittsburgh, like me, so I have always had a soft spot for him and thoroughly enjoy his music. It was a little bit of a sad way to end a concert, but I appreciated Vince’s gesture. Overall, it was a really fun night, and I’m glad I attended the concert with friends to take my mind off school for a few hours.

Grad School at Johns Hopkins

Quinn Mitchell

Quinn Mitchell,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2019

Starting next year, I will be pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. I recently had the opportunity to visit my future school as well as the specific lab in which I will be working.

During my three-day stint in Baltimore, I explored the city and got to know my future advisor and labmates. While I was there, many of the other students considering Johns Hopkins were also visiting; this gave me the chance to meet many of the students with whom I’ll share much of my graduate school experience.

In addition to seeing the city and meeting my future classmates, I was able to discuss my future research with my advisor, Professor Tamer Zaki. This research is an extension of the work I have done at Ohio University with Dr. Sarah Hormozi. I was extremely fortunate to have worked with Dr. Hormozi, who has helped me develop as an engineer and researcher.

The final detail of the trip, which is perhaps more important than anything else I’ve mentioned, is the plentiful and delicious food! The other students and I ate at a handful of Indian restaurants and took advantage of Baltimore’s abundance of crab cakes. This type of culinary exploration is a necessary part of visiting any city.

Astronomy

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2019

This semester, for fun I’m taking an introductory astronomy course. In this class, we learn about lunar cycles, major constellations, and eclipses and how to locate things such as stars and planets in the night sky. This class takes place on Tuesday nights which is my busiest day of the week, but it’s worth it because I get a mental break from my engineering classes and get to learn about interesting things along the way!

This class is scheduled late in the evening because when nights are clear, we get to go to the observatory in the Ridges to observe the night sky. So far, we haven’t been able to go observing because there haven’t been any clear Tuesday nights, but it’s still interesting to listen to the lectures.

The professor of this class has been interested in astronomy since he was a kid, so he is passionate about the subject and he has many anecdotes of traveling the world to places such as Egypt and countries in South America to catch eclipses and other events at the best path of visibility. Also, at the end of almost every lecture he gets out an old projector to show us pictures that he has taken from his years of observing and travels.

I’m really glad I decided to take this class because it is a nice break from my engineering classes and it’s nice to expand my knowledge beyond technical information. Coming to class every week is like a little adventure: we’ll either learn about outer space, go outside to observe the stars, or hear fun anecdotes from the professor!