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Hosting the IISE Regional Conference

Joshua Igwe

Joshua Igwe,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 2 March 2017

Last weekend, Ohio University hosted the Great Lakes Regional Conference for IISE (the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers), the professional organization for Industrial and Systems Engineering majors.

Each spring, there is a conference hosted by one of the schools within each region. Ohio University is in the Great Lakes Region, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

About 400 students gathered in Athens for a two days of networking, listening to speakers, and exploring the possibilities within the professional world.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Finding the IE in relief”. We explored how industrial engineering tools and skills can be used within humanitarian relief situations.

One of the professors in the Russ College Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering specializes in humanitarian logistics. He was the first speaker on Saturday morning. He discussed how his experience with natural disasters in Chile lead him to begin his studies in humanitarian logistics.

Later Saturday, there was a time to converse with a few recent graduates from the major who recently began working full-time. It was nice hearing their perspective, as I am going to be graduating later this spring. There were a few other break-out sessions and key-note speakers throughout the rest of the day.

I really enjoyed this conference as it helped expand my perspective of Industrial and Systems Engineering and presented an opportunity to network with students from different schools.

Being a Member of Eta Kappa Nu

Andrew Videmsek

Andrew Videmsek,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 January 2017

Last year myself and nine other Electrical and Computer Engineering students worked together to bring back our university’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. Eta Kappa Nu, also known as HKN, is the international electrical and computer engineering honors society of IEEE. It was founded back in 1904 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Delta Epsilon chapter here at Ohio University was established in 1960.

At the end of last year, I got the honor of being voted in as the chapter’s president, and since reestablishing the chapter, it has given my fellow members and I opportunities we could have never dreamed of. In spring of last year we took a trip up to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend the HKN Student Leadership Conference. While we were there we got to meet other HKN members from around the country and hear talks from engineers working at IEEE, Ford, US Power, and NASA.

In addition, just last month we got to the opportunity to host one of our very own EE professors, Dr. Michael Braasch, in a talk he titled “Whatever you do, don’t drink the tea!” In this special presentation, Dr. Braasch told stories about his travels across the country and across the world while teaching and doing research. It was a great event where we were able to bring EE students and faculty closer together.

At the end of last semester, we turned our doughnut sale fundraiser into a project to raise money for the Athens County Children Services Giving Tree Toy Drive. This enabled us to donate boxes of Legos to the ACCS to be distributed to local children in need.

For me, being a member of Eta Kappa Nu isn’t just about showing the work I have completed in school. It is about fine tuning my leadership skills, connecting with other engineers in industry, bringing the students and faculty closer together, and helping out the community we live in. Looking back on the organizations I have been part of in the past, HKN has been one of the few that have had a large impact on my day to day life, and one I will never regret joining.

Museum of Discovery

Matt McKenzie

Matt McKenzie,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 30 October 2016

As the first semester of my junior year is more than halfway complete, there have been a number of changes in my life that have granted me more a little more time outside of classes. To fill that time, I have been focusing on improving some of my skill set such as time management, and have had the opportunity get more involved around the community as well.

One event that I was able to recently partake in took place at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery where students from the Russ College brought in their projects and engaged young minds. This event was a very cool way to engage children of all ages from the surrounding community in science, technology, engineering, aviation, and math (STEAM) fields.

As a leader of the Human Powered Vehicle team, I was there with our most recent vehicle where we were able to talk about the process of creating such a vehicle and even have some of the kids ride it around.

Museum of Discovery

There were a number of other groups and stations for the kids to stop at including The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where the kids were able to play with drone and flight simulators, an egg drop where kids built a device to stop an egg from breaking after a fall, and a maglev track where they were supposed to secure a rider from falling off a vehicle when it came to an abrupt halt utilizing only rubber bands.

Events like this are very gratifying for me as helping others is personally one of the most rewarding things I do and I hope to be able to continue and do more in the future.

Rocket Design and Engineering Team

Andrew Videmsek

Andrew Videmsek,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2016

With classes now in full swing and midterms coming to an end, it’s always nice to take a small break from school and relax. One of the best ways for me to relax while still working on engineering projects is through the student organizations I am a part of.

Last weekend I and four other members of the Rocket Design and Engineering Team took the hour long drive down to Gallipolis, Ohio, to launch our level one and level two certification rockets. The rockets we launched went to a projected height of 3,800 feet and were designed to prove we have the knowledge to safely construct, launch, and retrieve high powered rockets.

Rocket Launch

While we were there we got the opportunity to do so much more than just launch rockets. We experienced firsthand what it was like to make last minute modifications due to weather conditions, got to work with and talk to experts in the industry, and even had a friendly competition with another engineering college.

With that being said it wasn’t all fun and games: we saw what happens when a rocket burns up on the pad due to a failed motor, and had to retrieve a rocket from a tree when its parachute got stuck on its return to earth.

Additionally, just this weekend was another major event for a student organization I am involved in. Our chapter of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society, held its induction for new members. Our school chapter, the Delta Epsilon chapter, dates back to 1960, and this induction ceremony added 8 new members to the long history. In addition, this induction marks my first official day as president of the chapter for the 2016-2017 school year.

Human-Powered Vehicle Team

Matt McKenzie

Matt McKenzie,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 September 2016

With the school year setting in, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Human Powered Vehicle team has begun its quest for the top. Each year, around 35 universities compete in a series of rigorous events and races with the vehicles they have designed over the previous year.

As a leader of the OU team, my passion and goal is to continue to help young, aspiring engineers through the engineering process from research to testing, and ultimately to show off what Ohio University students have to offer.

In my previous two years’ experience, I have learned a lot about not only bicycles, but also the engineering process, including many items that I have not yet learned in the classroom environment.

As this year rolls in, and I continue on to my second year as a leader of the team, I am looking to pass on that information to younger members so they can continue leading the organization to success after I have moved on. One of the most gratifying parts of this organization for me is being able to pass on the knowledge I have gained to other members.

The process of designing, analyzing, manufacturing, and testing a vehicle is neither a simple nor short endeavor. As a leader of such an extracurricular group, I realize that time while in college is precious and a juggling act between classes, extracurricular activities, personal life, and even work. I have devoted much of my time to the organization and am very grateful to see new and returning members devoting theirs to the organization as well.

While there are still many unknowns and hurdles to overcome, I continue to look forward to passing on knowledge and seeing the ideas members come up with to solve the challenging issues they face, with the hopes of bringing home a win for Ohio University come competition time.

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.