Summer Co-op at Eaton Corp.

Alexa Hoynacke

Alexa Hoynacke,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 01 September 2016

As the school year begins everything seems crazy, hectic and fast paced. It is insane to me that I am entering my senior year. I have been enjoying every moment of my 4th year at OU so far.

This summer I interned with Eaton Corporation in Euclid, Ohio and had an amazing experience, so I think that is why I was so ready to hit the ground running for senior year.

With Eaton I was an industrial operations intern in the aerospace sector. I worked on a team of 10 quality engineers and I had projects that dealt with optimization and quality control. I was able to implement one of my projects by the end of my 12 weeks, saving the company money and time in the fuel pump assembly cell.

I loved everything about Eaton—the people I worked with, the company culture and the exposure/experience I was able to get in the manufacturing world. After this summer I choose to apply to do the spring co-op program with operations and technical sales. About a week ago I received a written offer to return to Eaton this upcoming spring and summer, for my 2nd and 3rd rotations. I am so happy to be returning to Eaton and it has made the start of my senior year even more memorable and exciting.

Summer Co-op at Honda

Andrew Videmsek

Andrew Videmsek,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 31 August 2016

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to co-op with Honda North America at their Marysville, Ohio campus. I worked in a subdivision of their engineering center focused on replicating manufacturing processes for training purposes and for testing new technologies.

With this being my first co-op, I was nervous not knowing if I would be able to complete the tasks they had assigned for me. Within my first few days I quickly realized I had nothing to worry about. The projects assigned to me were most definitely a challenge, and required me to learn about systems that I had never seen before, but my mentor knew that, and provided me with every resource I needed to be successful.

The majority of my projects were related to developing equipment to accurately simulate different factory environments. I was tasked with the design, construction, programming, and implementation of this equipment. While doing this I got to work with people from many different backgrounds, all who helped me grow my skill-set. Additionally, I was working with equipment and software that are normally not taught in a school environment.

Now that I am back at Ohio University, I feel very fortunate I got the opportunity that I did. I was able to take the knowledge I learned in school, and apply that to real-world problems. There wasn’t a single day I didn’t learn something new, and I feel this co-op has put me in a better position moving forward into my engineering career.

Summer in Detroit

Joshua Igwe

Joshua Igwe,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 31 August 2016

This summer I spent 10 weeks in Detroit doing a summer internship with Bridgewater Interiors. Bridgewater Interiors manufactures seats for a select number of General Motor vehicles. I interviewed with the plant manager (an OU grad) this past spring and was offered a position as an industrial engineer intern at the Detroit plant.

This internship gave me a chance to grow both personally and professionally. After taking a class on lean manufacturing in the spring, I was able to see a real-world facility that based its operating procedures off of a lean philosophy. I worked with full-time engineers to ensure that the plant was prepared to implement a new set of seats that were to be made for the first time.

Living in Detroit gave me an opportunity to explore a new city and a new culture that is very different from the one I grew up with in Columbus and the one I’ve become accustomed to in Athens. One thing that I had to get used to very quickly was the difference in the driving in Michigan. From the increased speed to the “Michigan left”, I learned quickly that Detroit is a much faster-paced city than Columbus or Athens.

Though Detroit is still suffering from the recent recession, I saw first-hand that the city is definitely making a comeback. As someone who loves cities and urban environments, I was drawn to and captivated by the love that people living in Detroit have for their city.

This summer definitely taught me a lot about myself and about the manufacturing world. I am very grateful for the opportunity to live in Detroit and work with Bridgewater.

Appreciating Architecture in Georgia

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 30 August 2016

This summer, I went to Georgia (the country in Europe, not the state). I found Georgia pretty peaceful and wonderful for nature lovers.

When I was going around Georgia and exploring the beauty of it, I realized that it has a fascinating location between three countries and a diversity of Italian, Turkish, and Russian culture. In fact, those have affected the architecture of its buildings.

Georgia

The country has a combination between the old and modern life. For example, Tbilisi, which is the capital city of Georgia, has old forts and hoods in the middle of a modern city. They have many spectacular buildings that are designed by great architects.

Georgia

Although I saw many spectacular designs in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi, the churches there are the ones that have caught my attention the most. Not a day passed without me visiting a new church. Most of the churches I have visited were pretty old and have a fascinating design.

Georgia

I was amazed by the material that the churches are built from and how strong they are. That, for sure, shows how the civil engineering for those old churches were far more advanced than their times.

Georgia

The holy trinity cathedral of Tbilisi is the third tallest and the largest building in the world. That made me think how talented the civil engineers, who were included in construction of this church, are. They must have studied the geology of the place very well and had a great virtualization of the building. I went there only for a week, but until now I am still fascinated by the architecture there.

Internship at Eastman Chemical

Joshua Greenlee

Joshua Greenlee,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 29 August 2016

This summer, I had the privilege of accepting an internship at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. The internship was offered through the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) which gives Junior Chemical Engineers and Chemistry majors the opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid internship at a Fortune 500 chemical company of their choosing. Below is a picture of all of Eastman’s Chemical Engineering interns from this summer.

Eastman Chemical Company -- Chemical Engineering Interns Summer 2016

When applying, I thought I had relatively no chance at receiving an opportunity so prestigious, but I decided to apply anyway and see what happened. To my surprise I was accepted, so I moved down to Tennessee for the summer.

At first I was a little nervous as I was in a foreign place and knew no one in a 300-mile radius, but before I knew it, I warmed up to my new home and quickly made some great friends.

I worked in Eastman’s Corporate Innovations department, researching new applications for some of their existing products. This opportunity allowed me to present my research and pitch new application ideas to marketing teams. I even had the opportunity to lead and coordinate cross regional meetings with Eastman branches in Asia.

It was incredible to see how a plant that big operated, and how so many people could work together for a common goal. This opportunity not only helped me grow as an engineer, but more importantly as a person. I met some of my very best friends this summer at Eastman, and had an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Summer Research in Germany

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular

Engineering

Athens, OH 27 August 2016

I spent my summer doing research in the chemistry department at the University of Leipzig. For eleven weeks, I worked on a project under a PhD student which involved solid-state peptide synthesis and a novel reversible PEGylation approach.

Peptides have the potential to act as potent therapeutics, but this is often limited by their breakdown in the body. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) can be added to prevent this elimination, but it also impairs the peptide’s ability to function—thus, we worked on an approach which would allow PEG to be reversibly linked to the peptide so that its release could be controlled.

I don’t have a background in chemistry research, so this summer marked a lot of firsts for me. I was able to gain hands-on experience working with methods which I had learned about in the classroom, like liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Furthermore, I gained experiences outside of the lab which made my summer unforgettable.

Although I spent most of my weekends exploring the city with a group of international students that I met through a fellow Bobcat in Leipzig, I did have a few experiences with travelling.

Germany

In high school, I participated in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), through which I spent a month living with a host family in Munich. This summer I was able to visit my high school exchange student, Clara, at her university in Rothenburg.

Rothenburg

We spent the weekend exploring the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town, and catching up since it had been 5 years since we had last seen each other.

I was also able to travel to Amsterdam with my Finnish friend, Ella, for another weekend trip. The eight-hour bus rides there and back were almost unbearable, but the time we spent in the city made it more than worth the trip.

Amsterdam Canal Tour

From a canal tour (above) to an ice bar (below); from the Anne Frank House to a museum of the Red Light District, we packed as much of Amsterdam as we could into our short visit. I fell in love with the city.

Amsterdam Ice Bar

My experiences in Europe would not have been possible without the financial support of the Cutler Scholars Program. I am grateful every day to have been the recipient of such incredible generosity.

Summer in Milwaukee

Kevin 

White

Kevin White,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 August 2016

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to work for
FedEx Ground
as an Industrial Engineering Intern in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was a life-changing experience for me because Milwaukee is 8 hours away from my home and I knew once I got up there, I wouldn’t be coming home until the end of summer.

I knew nobody in Wisconsin when arriving, so I really wanted to branch out, meet people, and have the best possible experience. This was a very similar situation to my freshman year at Ohio University because I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone and meet people.

I wanted to have the best experience in Milwaukee in and out of the workplace. Their winters are brutal up there with the snow and temperature, so in the summer, they sure know how to have fun in the outdoors. I have never seen so many beach volleyball courts in my life. My first couple games of volleyball were rough because I couldn’t even hit the ball over the net. I could tell that people were thinking, “Get this Ohio kid off my volleyball court!”

Not only did my beach volleyball skills improve, but my engineering skills also improved. I had a really great manager who got me involved in projects that applied many things learned in classes here at OU. This internship just validates my passion for Industrial Engineering and I cant wait for the future.

Finally, at the end of the summer, the Pittsburgh Pirates came to town and played the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Pirates at Miller Park

Everybody who knows me knows I am a huge Pittsburgh sports fan. This was really cool to see my favorite team play at a different ballpark than I am used to in Pittsburgh. This summer was one to remember.