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Activities with AIChE

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2020

The first organization I became a member of at Ohio University was the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). At the end of my freshman year, I became the secretary for the organization. I held that position until the end of the junior year when I became President. As I start my last few weeks as a student, I have had to say goodbye to the student chapter. Elections have been held, and AIChE officially has a new President!

Through AIChE, I got to visit chemical plants and even the Jackie O’s brewery.

AIChE Plant Tour

Every Halloween we carved pumpkins. We had movie nights, sundae parties, bowling events, card night, and many other social events. I had the opportunity to learn more about the college when the organization sponsored university events such as the Career Fair and Ramen Fest. I got to know my professors better by planning a fall dinner at the Chemical Engineering assistant department head’s house, and a spring picnic at the department head’s house. I was able to network with alumni and professionals in industry when they would come to meetings.

My favorite aspect of being involved in a student organization was getting to know the other students within my program; they have made my time at Ohio University a fulling and memorable journey.

Student Organizations at OU

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 February 2020

My best piece of advice for incoming students is to get involved! During my time at Ohio University, I have been involved in numerous organizations and have found my bobcat family through these orgs.

One club that has helped me greatly is the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering. During my time with this organization, I have had the opportunity to attend two regional conferences.

IISE Conference

Both of these conferences allowed me to network with ISE students from all across Ohio and Michigan. There also were speakers that talked about what they have done with their major post-graduation. Last year the conference focused on additive manufacturing and other jobs that were not necessarily following a traditional ISE path. This gave me a chance to see what is possible for me besides just manufacturing.

Student orgs also give students a chance to take a break from classes and their major and try something new. For example, I am currently learning how to be a coxswain for the Men’s Rowing Crew. This is something I did not picture myself doing during my college career, but I am so excited to try something new. With this club, I also have a group that gets me to the gym most of the week to make sure I stay in shape. I am looking forward to this new organization and I cannot wait to see my progress this season!

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.

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.

Human-Powered Vehicle Team

Tanner Wick

Tanner Wick,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 January 2019

Over winter break I helped finish the design of this year’s human powered vehicle for the upcoming 2019 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Teams work throughout the year to design, manufacture, and test a vehicle that will compete in speed and endurance events alongside dozens of other teams from around the country.

This project is a true test of the student’s knowledge and understanding of the engineering design process. Each year, the team decides on product design specifications for what characteristics (weight, top speed, drag coefficient, etc.) the vehicle will have. This year’s bike was designed as a three-wheeled tadpole made from an aluminum frame and carbon fiber fairing. The frame includes a rollover protection system that prevents the rider from being injured in case the vehicle flips over. The fairing is designed to allow for minimal air resistance on the vehicle. This results in higher speeds and greater rider comfort.

After finishing the design over break, all materials for manufacturing were ordered. This meant the team could start building as soon as the semester started. The team is pushing a rigorous timeline so that there is ample time for testing and training before the competition in April. After placing 3rd in the previous three competitions, the team is excited and determined to place higher this year.

IEEE Student Professional Awareness Experience

Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 15 October 2018

This past week, the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) held their annual student professional awareness experience. Each year they hold this event with the hopes that students will attend and gain knowledge from current professionals. These professionals are looking to share their experiences with students at Ohio University to help them grow in their careers and in life.

This year we had Dr. Charles Alexander present on the possibilities of the use of Thorium, a resource believed to be the cleanest energy source currently available for use in the United States. He spoke about his career path, and how it led him to the work he is currently doing with this energy source. Dr. Alexander has played an important role in building our student branch, as this is the second time Dr. Alexander has visited Ohio University to present to our students.

Events like this are a great way to network with other students, and professionals. Usually there is free food involved (in this case it was Miller’s Chicken—a local fried chicken restaurant), allowing students to get fed while they build their network. These events are, also, a way to witness the possibilities a career in engineering can provide.

IEEE/HKN End-of-the-Year Event

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 22 April 2018

This past weekend, IEEE and HKN (Eta Kappa Nu) held a social event for the entire School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This event welcomed all students and faculty to get together for a cookout.

In my five years, I was never aware of an event like this that took place for the whole department. It was a great experience to get to talk to professors outside of class and get to know them on a more personal level. Since all years of students were there, we also talked about the different classes people were taking. It was cool to see upperclassmen give advice on certain courses and talk to them about topics that they have already been through.

Attendance at the event was good with about ten faculty members and sixty students participating. The weather was great, and the burgers were even better! I hope they continue to hold this event in this future because it really brings the students and faculty closer together.