Moving on to the Next Phase

Leigh Ann Tumblin

Leigh Ann Tumblin,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2016

April 2016 is the month I have been anticipating (and dreading) since I was a freshman; this month, I will graduate from undergrad with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

If you would have asked me at the beginning of the school year if I was excited to graduate, I would have told you no and it might have brought a tear to my eye, but I have finally accepted this fate and am actually very eager to see what post-grad life has in store for me.

Upon graduating, I will begin my career as an engineer for General Mills at their Totino’s plant. I spent my last two summers as an intern at this plant and the company was a great fit for me.

My position is part of a rotational program. The first year, I will be a systems engineer where I will become the technical expert of a processing or packaging system. The next six months I will be a team leader where I will lead a group of operators, and the final six months of the program I will implement a capital project as a project engineer.

After completing the program, I will decide which role suits me best and I will continue my career in that position.

As if graduating, moving into my own apartment, and starting a new job weren’t enough changes for me in the next two months, I decided I would join the world of pet parenthood and get a puppy!

Puppy

Poppy is an eight-week old Golden Retriever who will be coming home with me next week! Anyone who knows me knows that I adore dogs, and I can’t wait to have one of my own! The next few months will definitely be crazy, but I am ready to see what’s in store.

Senior Design Demo Day

Katie Logue

Katie Logue,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 4 April 2016

With graduation just around the corner, I really can’t believe how quickly my senior year has gone by. There are so many things left to do, but I know the next four weeks will be over in the blink of an eye.

This past weekend, my senior design class presented our final projects to other students, faculty, mentors, parents, and members of the community. We call it Demo Day, and it’s the culmination of all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears we’ve put into our projects over the past two semesters.

I may be a little biased, but I think our team’s demonstration and presentation went perfectly. Our booth was a big hit with the attendees. Our project was to create a custom tricycle for a five-year-old girl named Fiona, who has agenesis of the corpus callosum. This condition affects the ability of the two hemispheres of her brain to communicate with each other. Due to this condition, Fiona needs physical therapy to improve her strength, coordination, and motor skills. The tricycle we created for her can be used independently for therapy, and it can also be attached to her mother’s bike so that the entire family can ride together on the bike path.

ALT

Our Demo Day booth, with our actual project setup, tri-fold board displaying our needs statement and project pictures, and laptops with a slideshow of photos, and before and after videos of Fiona riding her old trike and her new trike.

We were so grateful that Fiona and her family could join us on Demo Day. Fiona is such an adorable, happy little girl, and she absolutely loves her new trike. She kept asking members of our group to take her for a ride around the building.

After about half an hour of pulling Fiona around, we proceeded to the auditorium to present our project. I was fortunate to have the responsibility of presenting for our team. When I flipped to a slide with a picture of Fiona’s trike, she got so excited, pointing and laughing. I had to pause my presentation to let the laughter of the audience die down.

Then, I asked her father to say a few words about what the project means to their family, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. This project has been so rewarding, and Saturday was the perfect way to wrap it all up. It was incredibly cool to be able to share this experience with so many people.

Senior Design group

Group photo of our team on Demo Day with Fiona, her brother Griffin, and parents Megan and Lenny.

Now that Demo Day is over, it’s like we’re finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s unbelievably bittersweet. As excited as I am for the past four years of school and one year of co-op work to pay off, I know I’ll miss this school very much.

Athens will always be home to me, and I wouldn’t trade being a bobcat for the world. Every late night studying for finals, every frustrating assignment I had to do, and every paper I had to bribe myself with coffee to finish was worth it. I feel like I’ve made the most of my time here, but part of me wishes I had more time.

I think as I look back, I’m realizing that it’s the people I’ve met here that mean the most. I’ve met some of my very best friends over the past five years, and I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Russ College community.

One Month to Go

Chris Delwiche

Chris Delwiche,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 27 March 2016
In August it was “one more year” now at the end of March its “one more month”. I never expected college to go by this quickly. Ever since pre-school, it’s been the familiar cycle of school, summer, school, etc. But not this time. This time I will finally be entering the working world as my formal education comes to a close.

College went by as quickly as everyone told me it would. My freshman year and days of living in the dorms are now nostalgic memories, campus has changed geographically since I first got here in 2011 with the addition of new dorms and sports facilities. Boyd Dining Hall has gone from the place you ate because you were desperate and lived on West Green to the most impressive dining hall on campus.

Everything I was told to expect was true. You will meet some of your best friends, you will learn more in these 4 (or more) years of your life than ever before, you will learn about yourself, and you will work harder than you have before.

My advice to any nervous incoming freshman would be to try and relax as much as possible. You will make those new friends, you will figure out what you need to do to succeed, you will make your own memories, and you will leave here a better person than you came here as. But for you and me, take a minute every now and then to appreciate the position you’re in. Because your college years are the quickest years of your life😉.

Summer Co-op Plans

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Junior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 24 March 2016

Its crazy to think about how there is only one more month left of my junior year. As the semester comes to a close I have been extremely busy with class, research, and work. As finals approach classes have been getting busier and busier.

Spring semester is always crazier than the fall because OU has so many great events when the weather gets better. A huge event coming up is the Student Expo, which is a university-wide research exposition. I have been working on my research project for almost 2 years now and in 2 weeks I will finally be presenting it in front of judges at the Student Expo.

Once my junior year comes to an end I will be moving back home (Cleveland area) for the summer to start my summer internship. I am extremely excited to be working with Eaton Corporation this summer.

Eaton Logo

Eaton is a multinational power-management company. I will be working as an Industrial Engineering Intern in the Operations Sector. I will be working in a team in my department and with one other intern.

I received this internship by going to the Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Nashville this past fall. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to go with the OU chapter of SWE to this conference. Working for Eaton has been a goal of mine for a while now so I am counting down the days till I can finally start my summer internship.

Helping My SWEsters Grow

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 March 2016

This year, the Society of Women Engineers of Ohio University established a mentor/mentee program for incoming freshman female engineering students. The program offered guidance, support, and encouragement from upperclassmen female engineering students. SWE hoped to help increase female retention in engineering. I became a mentor to two freshman engineering students, Gabby and Kayzsa. Actually, we recently had an article published about the SWE mentor program featuring Gabby and Kayzsa.

Previously, in SWE, I’d only advised a large group as president my junior year. Working one-on-one with people is a whole different experience; its a way more personal experience. I am fortunate to have gotten to see Gabby and Kayzsa grow not just as engineers, but as people as well.

They probably don’t realize it, but they have helped me grow as an individual, too. They came to me with their homework questions, we attended a regional conference together, had several coffee dates, and I got to know what motivated them to be in engineering.

Both of their backgrounds really interested me. Gabby came to me undecided, and I helped her realize she should join the dark side, Electrical Engineering. Kayzsa has really grown in confidence and expanded her horizons at Ohio University; she was recently elected as Vice President of SWE! And Gabby was elected as head of the mentor/mentee program next year and continues to be heavily involved in her sorority.

After I graduate, I will stay Bobcat SWE member! And I have full confidence that Gabby, Kayzsa, and the next generation of SWE will continue growing the SWE program within Russ College.

Teaching About CE in Elementary School

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 21 March 2016

This past week I had the opportunity to help a friend out at a nearby elementary school. My friend is the activity coordinator at The Plains Elementary school after-school program called Kids on Campus. It is a program geared towards helping elementary school students get extra help with their homework in addition to some exploration of things beyond elementary school. I was asked to come in and talk to the kids about Civil Engineering and what I do as a student studying Civil Engineering.

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you will know that I really love kids and spending time with them. So, when my friend asked if I could help her, I was more than excited to!

I asked my friend, Praveen, to come along with me to help out with the kids. We got there and had the chance to talk to two groups of students with about 40 students in each group. The first group of students were in grades 4-6 and really surprised me with some of the knowledge they already had! The second group of students was a much younger group with grades 1-3.

Praveen and I presented to them what Civil Engineers do and the different types of Civil Engineering: geotechnical, environmental, structural, transportation, etc. The kids seemed most excited about building things and making sure the buildings wouldn’t fall down on people. It’s always fun to help kids see how Civil Engineers make a difference in everyday life for all people.

After the brief presentation on civil engineering, we broke the kids up into smaller groups and asked them to build the tallest structure out of spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. They were only given three large marshmallows and the rest were small marshmallows. The goal was to get a large marshmallow to the highest point possible!

Building Spaghetti Towers

I was quite impressed with the students’ abilities, even the younger kids. I think the tallest marshmallow out of both groups was about 14 inches.

Building Spaghetti Towers

After the first group was finished, one of the teachers challenged Praveen and myself to beat the kids’ height in only 3 minutes, when the kids were given 20. Praveen and I went for it and reached a height of 21 inches.

Building Spaghetti Towers

The kids were loving it and I was too.

ISE Senior Design: Simulation

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 20 March 2016

As an industrial and systems engineering student, I have to partake in a senior design project. Towards the end of last semester, we got assigned to a project based on our group preference. My team of four was assigned to do a project for DHL/Exel, to simulate the operations of one of their warehouses.

DHL/Excel operates the warehouse and want us to calculate the capacity of the warehouse during its peak season. Since the facility stores toys, the peak season for the demand of this toys is the month before Christmas, and 40 percent of the sales occur during this month.

Our group decided to build a simulation model of their picking and packing processes. These two processes are the ones that require the most labor and account for most of the processing time.

For building the model, we are using a software that we learned in our simulation class, and in addition to this we have our advisor who is the “master” in simulation.

The project has been challenging since we’ve had to deal with managing the time of all of our team members, as well as the difficulty of the project itself. I am very excited to see the outcome of this project and really hope that our project improves the company’s operations!