Visit to Dayton

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Junior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 7 April 2019

Being a part of student organizations has truly helped me to travel and see things that I would have never been able to do or gone to do on my own. In the fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago with members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to see the International Manufacturing Technology Show. This is one of the largest conventions in the nation!

Not only did we have the opportunity to see the crazy new technology out there, but also I got to actually see the city of Chicago instead of just driving through. The best part of this trip was building some amazing friendships. The people I spent 10 hours with in the car are now my best friends.

Similar to the Chicago trip, this past weekend I represented SME again at a different event. This time I traveled with students from the Society Hispanic Professional Engineers and Renaissance Engineers to Russ Research Center located in Beavercreek, Ohio.

I had never seen this building and I live just south in Cincinnati. We had the opportunity to tour some of the companies working there and see their research. Triad Technologies, Adaptive Cooperation, WPAFB, and more presented to us.

After the long day of listening, we then went to Wright State and stayed in their dorms for the night. A throwback memory of freshman year for sure! The next morning, Dr. Pagan took us to the Air Force Museum. I had never been there and again, I live only a short drive from the base.

Walking up to the building, I felt so small. Each area could hold over 4,400 people. I could have spent a whole day in each area of that museum. It was honestly one of the coolest museums I have been through. I also got to walk through the Presidential planes!

It was truly an amazing experience and another one I will not forget. I am very thankful for being able to take trips like these and they have impacted me and my experience here at OU. I am also very thankful we have professors here that take the extra time to give us these kinds of experiences.

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

Summer Internship at ABB

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 1 April 2019

I can’t believe that it’s April already and the semester is finally starting to wind down. While I’m definitely sad to be leaving Athens and all of my friends behind, I am looking forward to my summer plans and taking a much anticipated break from school work. Since this is officially my last blog post of junior year, I thought I’d update you all on what I will be doing during my time away from Ohio University!

I will be returning this summer to the same company I worked for last summer—ABB Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. ABB is a worldwide power and industrial automation company. Last summer I enjoyed working in the Systems Engineering Department, while this summer I will be expanding my horizons an working in the Proposals Engineering Department. I am excited for this, as it involves a heavy amount of planning and overseeing projects/developments. I am confident that this department will allow me to get the perfect overview of what every department of the company does, all while fueling my love of planning and organization.

I officially begin work on May 13th and will be working full time until mid August. In the meantime however, I have several much anticipated vacations planned for a few weeks in July. My family will be heading back to Carolina Beach, North Carolina for one week, where we will enjoy the ocean and atmosphere. A few weeks following that, I will be heading to the Outer Banks, North Carolina with my boyfriend and his family. I’m also expecting several concerts and trips to Cedar Point throughout the summer.

I will definitely be keeping busy while I am away from Athens. While I will miss being in the town that I love, I am excited for the opportunities that await me once finals week is over.

Create for Good in Florida

Illona Hartman

Illona Hartman,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 31 March 2019

During Spring Break, I had the chance to go down to Florida with Theta Tau, my coed professional engineering fraternity, to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. We were able to stay at the United Methodist Church in Flagler Beach, which was only 3 blocks away from the Atlantic and 20 minutes away from the work site where we volunteered for 4 days.

My friend and little in the fraternity, Sam (ISE senior), and I started our trip down to Florida on the Friday before break. Firstly, we drove 8 hours to Cleveland, Tennessee, to stay the night with Sam’s family and break up the road trip to Florida. The next day, we drove another 6 hours to Savannah, Georgia, where we found a hotel. Here I saw the first palm trees of our trip!

Habitat / Spring Break

For some reason, I get extremely excited about palm trees. These trees are the ultimate sign of vacation in my view. The next day, we had time to spend a couple of hours exploring the city of Savannah! This city had a lot of historical architecture at the riverbank and some crazy structures to visit.

Later that afternoon, we drove to Flagler Beach to meet our other brothers from 6 different chapters around the nation: Texas, Virginia (2x), Rhode Island, Michigan, and Ohio. We had dinner and found out that most of the volunteers were returners from previous years! They were extremely friendly and welcoming towards us, the newbies. After a free dinner from the church and Habitat, we spent some time bonding at the beach.

Habitat / Spring Break

For the next four days, we woke up at 6:30 am to leave the church by 7:30 am. Habitat for Humanity expected us to be on the site by 8:00 am to start the day with a dedication circle. Throughout the day, we performed different tasks such as roofing or siding.

Habitat / Spring Break

I joined the siding group for most of the days, so I was pounding nails in the outside of the house to finish the outdoor walls. I also spent a day or two on hurricane straps. These could be a real pain at times because both sides of a roof frame had to be nailed with 5-6 nails to the strap and wall so the wind could not blow underneath the roof. The angle of nailing and the fact that we had to nail them through metal while standing on a ladder didn’t make the job much easier!

Habitat / Spring Break

By the end of the day, we had a lot of fun and it was extremely rewarding work! On our last day, we finished almost the entire roof and the outdoor walls. We also got to dedicate another, finished house to a family which was a great experience. It was awesome to see how a finished house would look like!

Next year, I hope to come back to volunteer again as it precisely describes what I would like to do after graduation: combining civil engineering with natural hazard mitigation and humanity work in developing communities.

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!

Meeting the Dean Candidates

Alvin Chaney

Alvin Chaney,
Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 March 2019

During the week of February 25-March 1, the Engineering Ambassadors met with the four final candidates for the Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. These events were reminiscent of our lunches with Dean Irwin.

This series of candidate lunches served as a preview of our lunch with the future Dean. Throughout the lunches, we gained a unique view into each candidate’s life over slices of pizza. Any dialogue over a meal is always more personable and interactive.

Given that we all had different schedules, we were assigned to the lunch or to tour the candidates around Stocker and the Academic and Research Center. As a group, we all asked the candidates questions that pertained to their interests and goals set for Russ College in general. From approachability to diversity, each candidate exemplified important attributes necessary for a Dean.

Overall, it was an honor to speak and share a meal with the candidates. Congratulations to our new Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Mei Wei.

Hobbies for a Break from School Work

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 March 2019

In my last blog post, I talked about my first coaching experience as an assistant coach for a 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball team. A couple of weeks after my post, we had league tournaments, and the 8th grade girls ended up winning for the second year in a row. Each round into the tournament the games got more intense, and it was an incredible experience seeing the excitement on the girls’ and the fans’ faces after they won.

Now that basketball is over and I don’t have to drive to practice or games 3-4 times a week, I have more free time to enjoy some of my other hobbies. Going to class all day and then doing homework for hours after class is exhausting, so to get a breather from school work I love to go to Ping and work out with my sister. Most days I dread going because I convince myself I am too tired or too busy but luckily, I have my sister to help motivate me, and afterwards I always feel better.

I think the gym is a perfect break from school work and it definitely boosts my mental health. Although I usually only have about an hour of free time to go, it is a great mental break that helps me feel refreshed and less stressed.

Another hobby I have been pursuing this semester is robotics. Dr. Bob, a mechanical engineering professor has allowed two of my friends and me to work with his industrial robot, Baxter. So far, we have just been learning the basics like programming him to move to certain coordinates and grab objects. However, recently we have started to work with his camera sensors, and are planning to program him to recognize a certain object and sort it from other objects.

For the Renaissance Engineers Engineering Day, we programmed him so that we could control his movement with a Playstation controller. The kids loved making him move around and tried to get him to do dance moves like dabbing or flossing.

All in all, despite all the homework and studying it’s been an incredible semester so far and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store!