Category Archives: Mechanical Engineering

My Last Sibs Weekend at OU

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 February 2020

Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I’ve spent Sibs Weekend at OU with my sister, Abby. Abby is three years older than me and graduated from OU with her undergrad in Chemical Engineering and her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. Even after Abby graduated and moved to Pittsburgh, she still comes to Athens every Sibs Weekend!

This past weekend was Sibs Weekend at OU, and I had so much fun spending time with my sister! On Friday, we went to Bagel Street and 80’s night at Casa with some of my friends. We aren’t huge fans of 80’s music, but one of our favorite artists is Queen (they did play one Queen song)!

On Saturday, we went to the Athens Farmers Market (which my sister loves going to) and an OU Basketball game with my best friends, and fellow engineers and ambassadors, Brittany and Kay. On Sunday, we walked around The Ridges (one of my sister’s favorite OU spots) and got lunch with my parents who came down from Columbus.

Sibs Weekend Basketball

As I am already one-third of the way done with my last semester of college, it’s a bummer that this is the last Sibs Weekend I get to spend with my sister. Even though this was our last Sibs Weekend, I’ll cherish these memories forever and look forward to visiting OU together for Homecoming!

License Plates

JKay Dunlevy

Kay Dunlevy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 January 2020

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the license plate game. For those who don’t know, this game involves trying to find as many different license plates as possible. But this is not to be taken lightly – there are rules:

  • Every US state is 10 points. Each state can only be counted one time.
  • A license plate from a US territory, Canada, Native American tribe, or Mexico is only 1 point, but a plate from each specific region can be counted up to ten times.
  • Other plates are 20 points and can only be counted one time.
  • The license plate must be on a vehicle and seen in person by the one playing the game.

Since I’ve been going to OU, I’ve had one goal: find license plates from every state while in Athens. And let me tell you—this journey has been exhilarating.

Of course, the longer I’m in school, the harder it is to find new license plates. When I started my senior year, the pressure was really on—I only had one more year to find every license plate before leaving. The best chance of finding difficult plates is at graduation, but waiting until the last minute like that is a dangerous game fraught with risk. So, I enlisted the help of friends to help me with my quest.


This tactic proved to be extremely effective—whenever someone saw a cool license plate, they’d call me and tell me where it was so I could run to see it myself. For example, I was only able to find Arkansas and the elusive Hawaii plate because my friends were looking out for me!


Overall, I had a lot of fun trying to find all these plates and bringing my friends along with me. Not only have I found all the states, I’ve found places like Great Britain and the Choctaw Nation too! If you’re a license plate hunter, I would recommend coming to Athens—for a small town, it’s surprisingly diverse!

My First Ski Trip

Logan Veley

Logan Veley,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2020

Winter break always allows for the opportunity to spend time with friends and try new activities. Heading into the break, I was excited to spend time outdoors and looked forward to some snow. Typically, my brother and I have fun in the snow by riding four-wheelers or sledding behind the four-wheelers.

Before break however, I was invited by my friend to go skiing. I had never been skiing or snowboarding before, but I approached the day with an open mind. With the weather just cold enough for the resort to produce snow, we headed to Mad River Mountain for the day.

First, we started snowboarding. Snowboarding proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. I crashed many times going down the hills, but eventually I traversed the hill without falling.

Around noon, we headed into lunch, and we chose to switch to skis. Strapping the awkward ski boots on, we headed back to the slopes. Initially, I was worse at skiing than snowboarding, but then everything clicked. Within a few minutes, I was shredding down all of the hills including the black diamond.

We skied the rest of the day and into the night. Even though I was sore from the wipeouts, I had a ton of fun laughing with friends and look forward to skiing again.

Mad River Mountain

Final Project for CAD Class

Logan Veley

Logan Veley,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 December 2019

With the semester coming to an end, engineering students have their semester-long projects coming to fruition. One engineering class that I was enrolled in this semester was CAD or computer aided design. The course teaches students the 3D solid modeling program of SolidWorks. The program allows us to create accurate models of parts and simulate how these parts function.

For our project, my team chose to model and improve the SAE baja buggy. We were able to construct all of the components of the vehicle in the modeling program and give them appearances that matched the true machine.

CAD Project

With all of the individual parts created, our team successfully assembled the parts into a final build of the complete buggy. The final model functions very similarly to the real-world vehicle. All of the wheels turn and move with independent suspension. The steering wheel activates the steering mechanism and turns the wheels.

The final assembly was rendered with different backgrounds to show the vehicle in action.

CAD Project

With the model completed, my team and I finished the report and the final presentation. With the skills gained from the CAD class, I look forward to designing and modeling parts for different projects in the future.

Road Trip to See The Maine

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 November 2019

For the long weekend, a friend and I traveled to Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON to see my favorite band, The Maine. I was unable to make the Cleveland show, so we decided to make a trip out of it! After the concerts, we stayed an extra day in Toronto to explore the city and do touristy activities like going up the CN tower and seeing Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls


Before the concerts in Buffalo and Toronto, we got dressed up in our gold outfits (the tour had a gold theme) and took pictures in the photobooth the band had set up before the concert.

The Maine

his tour is called ‘The Mirror’, so on-stage stood a mirror-like screen that displayed videos and lyrics throughout the concert. Everyone brought yellow flowers and threw them on stage during the last song, Flowers on The Grave. After the show, I also chatted with members of the band.

The Maine

Toronto was my 30th The Maine show, and the concert in Buffalo marked the 9th state I’ve seen them in. It’s crazy to think that a band I found in middle school would remain such a big part of my life until college.

Even after all this time, going to their shows brings me the same amount of happiness and excitement. This band has allowed me to travel to places I never would’ve thought, have given me a sense of belonging, and have provided me with an escape from the stressful world of school.