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Future City Regional Competition

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Junior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 16 January 2019

The Engineering Ambassadors once again participated as judges for the Future City Regional Competition in Columbus, Ohio last Saturday. The Future City competition inspires middle-school students to come up with feasible and creative designs for a city of the future. They develop skills such as engineering problem-solving, public speaking, time management and many more.

The competitors had to write an essay, build their city on Sim City and then present a model of their city to a panel of judges. In addition, each year the competitors are given a special criterion that their city must meet. Last year, they were tasked with making their future city age-friendly with special consideration for their elderly population. This year, natural disasters were the focus, so the competitors had to design cities that could keep their citizens safe during catastrophes from hurricanes to volcanoes.

The 3D models of the future cities were inventive and impressive. A significant portion of the model had to be made from recycled materials, so plastic water bottles were seen to make excellent sky scrapers. Additionally, the models had to have a moving part. Some cities had spinning windmills while other cities made cars moving along magnetic tracks.

The dedication of the competitors to their Future City projects made judging the competition that much more enjoyable. This was seen through the informative and humorous presentations, and the well thought-out answers to the judges’ questions at the end of the presentations.

Overall, the Future City competition is excellent at teaching kids about engineering and inspiring students to consider the field and the Engineering Ambassadors were honored to be a part of it.

“Meet the Ambassadors” Event

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 8 October 2018

On October 3rd, the Engineering Ambassadors hosted “Meet the Ambassadors” in the Academic and Research Center. Food and drinks were provided to students in exchange for feedback on the Russ College. The ambassadors were interested in student input about the college facilities, classes, and amenities.

The event was a huge success! There was a total of 196 suggestions. The External Relations committee divided up the feedback into multiple categories including room layouts, career development, and major-specific topics. Each category was analyzed for common themes and discussed for feasibility.

Now that the information has been organized, the External Relations committee is meeting with college faculty and the Dean to relay student input to them. One goal of the ambassadors is to bridge the needs of students with the attention of administrators.

A few key topics we are focusing on include study room availability with a reservation system, technical issues in the computer labs, and facility maintenance requests. Once a decision is made for plausible changes, the ambassadors will follow up during their implementation. Ultimately, the external relations committee is eager to continue Meet the Ambassadors in the future and continue to learn of student concerns within the college.

Saturday at The Ridges on the Challenge Course

Julia Nebbia

Julia Nebbia,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 September 2018

On this past Saturday morning, a group of ambassadors set out bright and early for some challenging fun at The Ridges. As we gathered together, with donuts courtesy of Dr. Masel, we were all a little curious to see what activities awaited us. As soon as everyone arrived safely, we started off with a name game that entailed introducing ourselves with a witty name and an appropriate motion (mine being Jazzy Julia featuring jazz hands).

Ohio University Challenge Course

After some laughs, we then went right into a variety of different activities designed to test our team coordination, trust, and ability to “weinie walk”, a skill that many of us learned that day. We participated in a mute, balance test on a log where we tried to order ourselves by birthdate. Then, we were blindfolded and directed to make shapes while holding onto a rope. We had to rely on feeling the tension of our neighbors’ rope and sometimes, snapping our fingers, to get to where we thought we should be (we didn’t do too bad!)

Soon enough, the rain started to come down so we took the fun indoors and played blind, underwater jenga, human knot, and a few more games.

After three hours, our fun came to an end and we were all ready to head home. Altogether, the experience at the ridges brought us together as a team. We were pushed to think in different ways, rely on each other, and use each of our strengths to the fullest. The lessons we learned at the ridges can be applied to our work on campus as Russ College Ambassadors. We strengthened our ability to communicate, strategize, work together and support one another.

I’d say it was a very successful Saturday!

First-Year Student Welcome Dinner

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 August 2018

Last night, the Ambassadors teamed up with faculty and other volunteers to welcome the new first-year students into the Russ College. Starting in the ARC Atrium and ending in Baker Ballroom, our goal was to help the students see what our college has to offer.

Throughout Stocker Center and ARC, there were displays set up for the students to visit. Some of these displays were concentrated on research upperclassman students had been working on in different majors, while others were focused on making sure the first-year students knew about resources that the college offers, like the Virtual Desktop.

An event like this is a way for the students to observe what a future with Ohio University is like. They get to see what other students have been able to accomplish during their time here and even possibly get involved themselves. That night I believe they got to see how we Create for Good.

We finished off the night by walking over to Baker Ballroom for the Welcome Dinner. Sitting at tables made up of faculty, ambassadors, and students, we all were able to get to know each other over a plate of lasagna and cookies. They asked us their burning questions. We got to ask about their future plans.

Lastly, we listened to Dean Irwin and Associate Dean McAvoy express their hopes for what the new first-year students could bring to our community, and, additionally, what the College is hoping to give back to them. The first-year students left full of food and hope for what the next years could bring!

Welcoming New Russ College Students

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 26 August 2018

Yesterday, the Russ College hosted an event for all new Russ College students to come to West Green and learn more about their decision to join the Russ College community. The students arrived at the Academic and Research Center (ARC), where they were were broken up by major and attended a presentation given by the ambassadors from their major.

The students had some ice breaker activities to meet their fellow classmates and make connections with others. The ambassadors’ focus was to get the new students acclimated to the events going on around Russ College, introduce their majors, and answer any questions the new students may have. This is a great opportunity for the them to ask about their classes and the logistics of the major and also for the ambassadors to promote involvement in and outside the Russ College.

The ambassadors then took the students on a tour around the ARC, Stocker, and their respective classrooms/labs. This gave the new students a chance to figure out where they need to go to class for their first week and ask more about what practical work they can expect to see.

After the tour, the students had a chance to get some free Kiser’s and talk to other ambassadors in a more informal environment. Students asked questions to the upperclassman about college life, life/career advice, and more importantly, make some friends!

Overall, we had over 200 first-year students turn out and it was an excellent event to take some of the stress of a new environment off the student, while providing them with resources for help during the semester.

Regional Future City Competition

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 19 January 2016

This past weekend I had to opportunity to spend time in Columbus, judging students from around the state of Ohio in the Future City competition. The competition requires middle school students to create a virtual city model based upon technologies they believe to be possible in 50 years. Using their virtual model participants then implemented a 3D physical ‘splice’ of their city.

When designing their city, participants have to meet certain requirements, such as zero waste, high recyclability, and clear distinct city zones (Industrial, residential.)

My role at the event was to judge model presentations. The model presentations required each team to prepare a 5-7 minute speech that addressed the year’s theme: “Waste not, want not.” During the speech, participants described what they learned about the engineering design and implementation process.

On top of this, I got to see what these younger children believed the technologies of the future would be like. The most trending technology was pneumatic tubes running from every house which would automatically sort trash when sent through the tubes.

Some of the most interesting innovations were those that leveraged current technology in new ways. Many cities developed vertical farms in residential skyscrapers to conserve space while also creating a group gardening area to foster community.

The future cities competition allowed me to see what younger minds are interested in; the extent to which they’ll dedicate their time and energy to completing something they care about.

Engineering Ambassador Corporate Trip

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 22 October 2015

The Russ College provides a corporate trip for the Engineering Ambassadors each year. This year, we traveled to Charlotte, NC. The purpose of the trip is to enlighten the ambassadors about the opportunities available after college, develop professional connections, and reconnect with alumni.

On the second day of our trip, we toured a power plant. After taking several pictures of the plant, we made time to absorb the vast side of the factory and bond as a group. It was amazing to witness the energy being developed and then be told how much they actually produced for North Carolina.

For lunch, we visited with an alumnus that currently leads a large department in Home Depot. He presented on his career after Ohio University. He advised us to take positions in your career that nobody wanted; it shows management you’re up for the challenge. It could be the position that gets you to the position you desire. If you succeed, great, but if you fail, it still shows management your ambition to try.

He also advised us not to settle into a career; keep working for your dream career. Also, when it comes to salary discussions, have one. Do not just take the first offer. If the company is going to hire you, you are a valuable asset to their company. Ask for a small amount more, most likely you will get it. Since he is a manager and designates salaries quite often, we all took his advice seriously.

After lunch, we traveled to a company that creates manufacturing parts. A human resource manager gave us advice on understanding YOUR company culture.


  • Do you prefer a creative environment or more private and independent?
  • Do you prefer to be pushed at full capacity or a more relaxed setting?

This is important in understanding where you will fit. Your interests and the company’s must align if you are going to be satisfied in your job.

All in all, the knowledge I gained from these speakers will continue with me through my career. I will always research a company’s culture before I go to apply and if I am ever offered a position, I will be confident when discussing my salary.