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Ohio Soccer Alumni Weekend

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 25 September 2017

This past weekend was Alumni Weekend for all of the Ohio Women’s Soccer Alumni. The weekend consisted of two games from the current team and they were opening up their Mid-American Conference play, as well as getting to catch up with the alumni. I consider myself an Ohio Soccer Alumna because I no longer play on the team due to exhausted eligibility, but I am yet to graduate college.

Friday was the start to the weekend and that is when the first conference game was played. They took on Eastern Michigan on their home turf. Recently for our program, it has been difficult to beat both Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, the opponent they played on Sunday.

On Friday, there was 36 seconds left in the match with Ohio tailing 1-0, when they scored and made it 1-1! The crowd erupted because now they got a chance to win in overtime. Well, overtime did not last long due to an Ohio goal by my roommate about thirty seconds in! Once, again the crowd erupted, except this time the game was over.

Sunday’s game was where they honored the alumni, so the crowd was larger than Friday. There was a special ceremony at halftime to honor the past players and coaches who were in attendance. The team ended on a high note this weekend with dominating Central Michigan 3-0. It was a very cool weekend to experience, both as a soccer alumna and also still a part of the team.

This is also the first time in a while that the program has started off with two wins! I am very excited to keep watching their progress as the season continues.

2017 Corporate Trip, Day 2

Landon Rehmar

Landon Rehmar,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 21 September 2017

Tuesday, September 19th was the Engineering Ambassadors last day of their corporate trip to Pittsburgh. The day was packed full of meetings with Russ College Alumni with company visits to Covestro, Mascaro, and Heinz Field.

To begin the second day of the corporate trip, the Ambassadors started the day with a visit to Covestro’s North American Headquarters. Covestro is a German-based company that is the world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials. The tour was led by Dr. Jack Reese, an OU Chemical Engineering alumnus.

Covestro

Jack is the Director of Process Research at Covestro and gave the Ambassadors a great tour of the Polyurethane Technical Center. This facility houses a variety of laboratories and processing machinery, where Ambassadors learned how Covestro turns Polyurethane into things like insulation boards, flexible foam, and insulative foam. Next, the Ambassadors visited the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties Technical Center where they saw a demonstration of the application of Covestro’s paint and coatings.

To finish off the tour the Ambassadors received some career development advise and then ended with a presentation from Mark Christman, a Process Engineer at Covestro and Chemical Engineering OU Alumni.

The Ambassadors then traveled downtown to
Mascaro Construction Company
. After meeting OU Civil Engineering Alumnus John Mascaro, President and CEO of Mascaro Construction, at the headquarters. We
headed to Heinz field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers.

Mascaro Construction was the construction manager for the building of Heinz Field, and set up a once-in-a-lifetime tour for the Ambassadors. Here, we were shown everything that happens behind the scenes to make Heinz Field run.

Heinz Field

Before heading back to Athens, the Ambassadors ended their incredible corporate trip with a stop in the Steelers Locker room where they received an inspirational speech from their President.

Working with an OU Alum

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 9 January 2017

My sophomore year at Ohio University, I was able to find a co-op with a company called Rovisys, a company that specializes in automation controls. Rovisys came to the career fair, and were represented by two OU graduates. Since then I have been able to get to know many different alumni from Ohio University that work there. I believe that is what makes the Russ College great, its vast network of alumni that are involved.

I started working at Rovisys not knowing what to expect, but soon I found coworkers that were able to help me when I didn’t know what to do, and were always willing to help me out when I had questions. After working with different projects, I found myself relating with a group manager who had graduated from Ohio University in 2008.

After switching groups to the glass division, I found myself working directly with him on his projects. He was able to get me involved with projects that used cutting-edge technology to assist with the glass making and molding process. In that time I was able to learn many different technologies that allowed me to expand my knowledge on PLCs, data analytics, and general systems engineering.

Over the Winter Break, my group manager was able to throw me into a project for four weeks that got my involved in creating the HMI’s for a glass melting process. Instead of working on busy work, I was able to go into work each day knowing that I would be helping with something that excited me. With the guidance of an Ohio University Alum as my project manager, I have been able to greatly advance myself as a professional engineer.

2016 Corporate Trip, Day 2

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 21 October 2016

From Sunday through Tuesday of this past week, we went on our fall corporate trip to Cincinnati. Last year, I was unable to attend the trip because I had commitments for the Marching 110, but I felt extremely lucky to have been able to make it this time around. On our last day in Cincinnati, we visited two different organizations: ThyssenKrupp Bilstein and GE Aviation.

The OU alumn at Thyssenkrup Bilstein, Jason, is actually married to Shelley Heinen, who was our guide on Monday at 84.51. The two companies could not have been more different: ThyssenKrupp is a heavy-duty manufacturing plant while 84.51 is all about technology and data.

I was excited to get to see both sides because it really showed where engineering can take you. Seeing OU alumni who are so successful in their careers is really inspiring because it puts into perspective where we can go with our degrees.

ThyssenKrupp Bilstein manufactures shocks for the automotive industry, and getting to see what goes into the parts of my car was honestly fascinating.

After we were done at ThyssenKrupp, we headed over to the GE Aviation facility. We weren’t at a manufacturing site—actually, we got to see where a lot of GE’s training goes on. Even as someone who has never really put too much thought into jet engines, I thought this facility was absolutely incredible. Being able to walk around and see the evolution of the engines was inspiring, and I was amazed that one of the jet engines they had there actually isn’t in the sky yet.

Zach, the OU alum at GE, mentioned that he had worked on the heat exchanger around a specific part of the engine which he showed us. Zach said that his favorite class at OU was heat transfer: he actually brought it up in his interview which led to him being placed on a design team which focused on heat transfer.

I think that being able to apply the concepts we learn in the classroom to solve real, complex issues is something that each of us strives for after graduation. This trip was a bright spot during the busiest time of the semester and allowed me to focus again on what my engineering degree will allow me to do: find creative solutions to problems and make the world a better place.

2016 Corporate Trip, Day 1

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 20 October 2016

Earlier this week, the Engineering Ambassadors went to Cincinnati for our yearly corporate trip. A total of 15 ambassadors were able to participate in the trip, which included meetings with many Russ College alumni and provided a chance to talk to them about their career paths after graduation.

After the 3 hour drive from Athens, the group arrived in Cincinnati Sunday night and attended a dinner with alumni. At the dinner, we were able to talk to alumni from different majors, and dig into what made them successful engineers.

Monday morning, the group woke up early to visit AECOM, a multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services.

After AECOM, the group headed down the street to 84.51˚. 84.51˚ is a data analytics company, with a huge focus on company culture. We were given a tour, which gave us a look into the technology startup culture. A newer company, 84.51˚, mainly focuses on improving shopper experiences at Kroger.

After having lunch in downtown Cincinnati, we traveled to visit Melink, to talk to Sam Rayburn, who graduated from Ohio University in 1999. The group was given a tour of Melink’s Platinum LEED certified facilities. Melink prides themselves in being energy efficient, as told by the image of a wind turbine and many solar arrays around their office building.

It was extremely interesting and also inspiring to see what all of these alumni that had graduated from Ohio University had done with their lives and majors after graduating.

Alyson Meister

Alyson Meister,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 15 March 2016

Having spring break in the middle of the semester allowed for a much needed refresher and time to prepare for my last few weeks and beyond.

For the first weekend, I went to visit a friend (and former ambassador) in Chicago.

Pizza

We ate deep dish, explored the city and I pretended I was on House Hunters as we looked at apartments for her. The weather was amazing and the city stole a piece of my heart. I was sad when it came time to leave, but I knew I would see it again soon. Below is a picture I took of the Chicago skyline from the North Avenue Beach.

Chicago Skyline

After my weekend trip, I spent three days at home with the flu. Being sick on break was not fun, but at least it happened when I didn’t have school and work to hinder my recovery.

I’ve accepted a job at Epic Systems Corporation in Madison, WI, so on Thursday, my parents and I drove up to explore the area and look for apartments (House Hunters Round 2). The drive up was an adventure since our GPS kept taking us off the highway and it took all day to get there when it should have only been 7 hours, but I got to see the Chicago skyline once again.

Other than my interview, I had never visited Madison so there was a lot of backtracking, trying to figure out the city layout and where to get the best cheese curds.

There are four main lakes around Madison and the heart of downtown is nestled between the two biggest ones, Lakes Mendota and Monona. Even though it was March, the lakes were still frozen enough to skate and walk on as you can see below.

Lake Mendota

The trip was successful and I now have an apartment lined up for when I begin work in July. Visiting Madison got me excited for the future, but also made me realize I don’t have much time left to enjoy Athens. I better go get started on that Athens bucket list…

Graduation Around the Corner

Rachel Fryan

Rachel Fryan,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 17 February 2015

With graduation right around the corner, the reality of the real world is starting to set in. I am finishing my victory lap with a double major in computer science and visual communications, and I am excited to get into the industry and use this dual skill set.

The technology world is in a high demand and I am finding the Bobcat alumni are equally willing to help fill these spots. Most of my contacts can be attributed to a very successful, distinguished California alumnus, Mr. David Pidwell. Mr. Pidwell graduated from the Russ College with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, and has since become a CEO, earned his doctorate, become a successful investor, and has been a lecturer at Stanford University focusing on entrepreneurship. He is very determined on giving back, and well connected in the Silicon Valley area which is the hub of all technology.

It never ceases to amaze me how much Bobcat alumni are willing to help, in both my VisCom school, but especially within the Russ College. If you’re willing to put in the work, there will always be someone there to help you or connect you where you’re trying to get to. Once a bobcat, always a bobcat!