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The Intimacy of Athens

Eric May

Eric May,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 29 January 2015

Athens is truly a college town. What I mean by that is you can thrive here using your own two legs. When prospective students are looking at where to go to college, I think that they often don’t consider whether or not they need a car or how close together the campus is. Coming from Columbus, Ohio, I drove everywhere. In Athens, I drive maybe once per week to get groceries. I love this because I get to exercise and I’m constantly running into my classmates and friends on Court Street and around campus. Not a single day goes by where I don’t run into somebody. This kind of intimacy allows for a very relaxed, inviting, fun, and creative atmosphere. Working on a project at a coffee shop, and perhaps somebody walks by and has a great insight or can help you at a point where you’re stuck–those kind of interactions that are common here.

But it’s not just work. Recently I was at the Cider House with a great friend. Some of the bars have board games and puzzles and things like that. What better way to spend an evening than sitting on a couch, not at home, and playing games and having fun and building friendships?

Jenga Tower

Of course you can do this anywhere, but in Athens you can do this casually, which I think is incredibly important. If I wanted to do this in a city like Columbus, it becomes an ordeal. I have to get in my car, drive somewhere, park, worry about driving, etc. In Athens, it’s just “Oh, hey, let’s go watch the Bobcat basketball game” or “Hey, let’s meet for breakfast at Casa Nueva.” These things don’t need to be planned well in advance. It feeds a student’s creativity and creates a much better atmosphere than I’ve seen in many other places.

Road Trip with Theta Tau

Casey Davis

Casey Davis,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 17 November 2014

For those of you who have not read my bio (which would be about everyone except my mom), I am a member of Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity on campus. This past weekend my fraternity took a road trip to visit the chapter at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. While a six-hour drive is not always the most fun thing to do on the weekend, this was a worthwhile trip. Meeting engineers from other places and from different cultures is always an exciting event.

While many things about the campus in Baltimore and Athens vary, the kids are very much the same. They enjoy hanging out with friends as well as touring the surrounding areas and finding those hole-in-the-wall spots to eat and drink. The trip included a tour of the inner harbor of Baltimore which has many fine restaurants/stores in addition to some interesting street entertainers as every big city does. We had a potluck dinner put on by the members of the JHU chapter and really got to know some of the people that went to school there what they liked/disliked about school and things of that nature.

Meeting engineering students from across the country you find out about some great up and coming things people plan on doing for example the “Hackathon” that my host was a part of. This consists of teams of students/companies that have 36 hours to write an application to perform a specific function. He had told me of many recruiters and companies that hire directly from this type of competition.

Overall the theme of Johns Hopkins was just the same as life here at Ohio University: get a great education and make a bunch of friends while doing it. I can honestly say that engineering has led me to make the friends I always envisioned having and I can even validate this by all the friends I met from a school I visited across the country.

Saying Goodbye and New Beginnings

Talli Topp

Talli Topp,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 April 2014 – Graduation is upon my classmates and I, and as the day gets closer it is starting to settle in that we are all moving on. In this last year I have formed really close friendships with a number of people in my class. I have always been close to a small group of my classmates, but senior design has brought me closer with even more people! I have loved getting to know my classmates and we have had a great year doing so.

It is really interesting to see all of the different paths that everyone is taking. Some of my friends are going to grad school for engineering; others for their masters in business, and a lot have accepted job offers. Not only are the paths that everyone is on different, but people are moving all over the country as well. There are a lot of people staying in Ohio, but some are moving as far as Colorado and Arizona!

I am very sad to say goodbye to all of my new, and old, friends. It will be weird to go from seeing a group of people everyday for four years to saying goodbye to some of them forever. Luckily for me, I will be attending graduate school next year at OU, and so are a number of my classmates! I also hope to stay close with as many of the people moving away as possible, because I can see a number of them being my lifelong friends.

Senior Year Coming to a Close

Marissa Singley

Marissa Singley,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 March 2014 – As my senior year comes to a close, with only 5 weeks left in the semester, I realize that choosing Ohio University was the best decision I have ever made. I admit, it was one of the hardest, but it was definitely the right one. Leaving home is never as easy as we all pretend it will be, but this school has granted me with so many opportunities to shine and grow into the person I wanted to be; the person I have become. It is where I call home, and now we all are leaving home again.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful places (Just look at that engineering building!), but there is no doubt in my mind that I have met some of the most fantastic people here in Athens.

Stocker Center

This includes my roommates, my neighbors, my mechanical engineering friends, coworkers, and even my professors. I have been able to make lifelong friendships and connections here that have truly been astonishing.

As I look back on the memories I have made from freshman year until now, I really can’t believe that I am graduating. There is so much to be thankful for as I look forward to a new adventure in my life. Without the support of my OU family, I would not have been able to accomplish all that I have. I am grateful to all those who have come into my life in the past 4 years.

Crazy to think how such a small town can have such a large impact on an individual’s life. Believe me when I tell you, coming to OU was the best decision I have ever made and I have all the success stories in the world to prove it.

Taking Time to Play with my Band

Daron DiSabato

Daron DiSabato,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 06 March 2014 – To escape the stress of our engineering coursework, many students in the Russ College (including myself) have hobbies and other activities that we partake in outside of the classroom. For me, I am practicing musician and recording artist. For the past nine years, I have been actively involved in a Columbus-based rock band called Playing To Vapors. Consisting of my best high school friends, we fall into the alternative/progressive rock genre akin to the likes of Radiohead, Minus the Bear, and My Morning Jacket. From live performances to studio recording, we immerse ourselves in every part of the music making experience—-writing, recording and performing all original material.

Playing to Vapors Live

As a student of both electrical engineering and audio production I am frequently asked how audio/music and electrical engineering are related. It may seem that the two are polar opposites; however, recording a professional sounding record requires a deep technical knowledge of acoustics, recording equipment and analog and digital signal processing.

A true recording engineer not only understands the qualities that make a great song but must fully understand signal-processing equipment such as equalizers and compressors to properly manage frequency balance and transient content in a recording. Many of concepts which are developed through electrical engineering courses are also important in the audio world, including gain, frequency response, sampling, bit depth, feedback, filtering, signal-to-noise ratio, and many, many more. What electrical engineering has brought to my audio background is a greater knowledge of these concepts and the ability to apply my technical know-how directly to my work as a recording artist and musician.

Playing to Vapors in the Studio

Playing to Vapors in the Studio

Intramural Volleyball

Connor Mitchell

Connor Mitchell,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 14 February 2014 – I’m going to be honest with you up front. Engineering, no matter what type, consumes a lot of your time and can also be difficult at times. I’ve found it important and beneficial for me to set aside my studies for a couple of hours and participate on intramural volleyball teams. Freshman year, I met a great group of friends and we decided we wanted to play a sport we hadn’t had much exposure to in high school. We’ve played volleyball every semester (sand in the fall, indoor in the spring) and have been teammates ever since we met freshman year.

Not only has it been a great time, but also, it is a couple of hours each week that force me to take my mind off my studies. It was also a great opportunity for me to build life-long friendships. Just something as simple as volleyball once a week allowed my teammates and me to become great friends. I can honestly say that they are some of my best friends that I have met while at Ohio University.

Now that we are all older, the night doesn’t just stop when our game is finished. We have recently started going to Buffalo Wild Wings to get a drink and of course, wings. We find ourselves watching our favorite sports teams as well as talking about the game we just played. Normally, talks are about what we did well and what we didn’t do so well and how we can improve in the next game. Even though we play for the fun of it, we still find ourselves trying to win each and every game. These small moments have accumulated over the years to build great friendships and memories I’ll never forget.

Rockin’ Out With the Roomies

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 11 February 2014 – I’m sure the vast majority of non-engineers would perceive the common undergraduate engineering student as one who is left-brained, analytical, meticulous, and, ultimately, quite boring. Without a doubt these types of engineers exist: those that always have their nose in a textbook or are preparing for their next academic deadline or project. These types of individuals almost always excel in the classroom and are shoo-ins for technical, well-paying jobs after graduation.

But for every bookworm in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, there is a student who falls somewhere in the middle of the left-brain/right-brain spectrum; these students are creative, think outside-of-the-box, and most likely have a very different perspective on their engineering discipline that does his or her analytical counterpart. I’d like to briefly talk about my experience playing the drums (what I like to tout as my “right-brained” activity).

I started playing the drums in seventh grade after my dad bought me a beat-up kit for about $200. I took lessons for a year and have been teaching myself ever since. I am in a three-piece rock band back home (Brunswick, OH, just south of Cleveland); over the summer we practice quite a bit and try to write original material whenever we get the chance.

When I’m here at school, however, my musical urges are satisfied in a different way. Two of my roommates play guitar and bass respectively; the bass player is the bassist in my band from back home (we’re called Twelve On The High if you want to check us out). Rather than sitting down and writing discrete songs, we prefer to improvise and “jam” with one another. My roommate Brian, the guitarist, will present a riff to Nick and I and we will work off of that riff in an attempt to turn it into something great.

I would not be the person I am today without the influence that playing the drums has had on my life, but I would also not be the same from an academic and professional standpoint as well. To have the outlet of playing music is truly a blessing because it allows me to step back from my work as an engineer and use different parts of my brain that require me to think in different ways. I think playing the drums definitely improves my creativity and provides me with a fun and effective way to relieve stress.

To any student who is thinking about entering college as an engineer, I strongly recommend having some sort of “right-brained” activity that you enjoy doing to balance out the monotony of academic endeavors. Work-life balance is important to everyone, but, it is especially important to young students who are starting their careers.