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Last Semester of College

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 March 2020

During my first few semesters at OU, I was already counting down the days to graduation. I was homesick, ready to be done with school entirely, and really didn’t know my place in Athens. Fast forward two years later, I don’t ever want to leave. The thought of not struggling through classes with my friends, not having life chats with my professors, and not being able to go for a run through campus on a nice day is truly heartbreaking.

After I graduate, I’m moving to Phoenix, Arizona to work for Freeport-McMoRan as a Mechanical Engineer. Although I’m excited to live in Arizona and start the next chapter of my life, I’m going to miss my friends, family, and the campus I’ve got to call home these past four years.

It’s bittersweet that the last couple months I have until graduation are filled with online classes and self-quarantines, but it just makes me that much more appreciative of the time and memories I’ve made. After all the craziness settles, I’ll be able to reconnect with friends before I move out in June. But until then, all I can do is make the best of my remaining time in Athens and be thankful for all the wonderful times I’ve had here!

Getting Ready to Work at Boeing

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 13 March 2020

Spring semester marks my final semester at Ohio University as a full-time student. This has been a long and crazy adventure, but I could not be more thankful for my time at Ohio. When I first entered the Industrial and Systems program, I believed that I would be on a manufacturing floor for the rest of my life. I quickly learned that is far from the truth. ISEs are found in a wide variety of industries including banking, healthcare, transportation, and of course manufacturing.

I found myself working with real world problems that I never expected to be working on. My favorite project has been my senior design project. My team is working with a company in Columbus, OH that works with former inmates to help them thrive in society after prison.

My project focuses on predicting the likelihood of participants going back to prison. This data would be used to provide specialized classes for those at a higher risk of returning to prison in hopes of preventing their return. It has been amazing to use the skills I learned throughout the past 4 years to create for good. I have enjoyed knowing that my project will help people in the community live a better life.

After graduation I will be moving to Seattle, WA to work for The Boeing Company. I will be at their largest facility working as an entry level industrial engineer. I entered engineering hoping that I would end up in the aerospace industry, and I worked hard to accomplish that goal. These past 4 years have been an unbelievable journey and I am so thankful for Ohio University for helping make my dreams a reality.

Preparing for Life after College

Charlotte Kapral

Charlotte Kapral,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 3 March 2020

After I graduate this Spring, I’ll start my full time job as a process engineer at Kraton Polymers. The plant I will work at is in Belpre, Ohio (only about 40 minutes from campus), so it’s not a far move! I did three co-op rotations at Kraton, so this transition won’t be too difficult.

Kraton is one of many employers that have a great relationship with Russ College, so I was able to get my co-op with the company through the college. I hope to be able to come back for a career fair and help recruit future engineers.

In order to prepare for my move, I first had to find an apartment. After searching for about a month, I found one about 20 minutes from my plant. I’m now trying to find cheap, but still nice furniture and kitchenware. Anytime I visit family, I come back with their old plates and glasses, and was even able to score a crock pot, and a George Foreman grill.

While preparing for the next step in my life, I try to remember to enjoy these last few months I still have at Ohio University. I try to take time to walk to College Green, go to the shops on Court Street, and enjoy hanging out with my classmates who have become my best friends.

OHIO Friends

From Internship to Full-Time

Melissa Kuchta

Melissa Kuchta,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 September 2019

Since this is my first blog post since the start of my senior year, I thought I would fill you all in on all of the exciting things I got to do and experience this past summer.

I’ll start by filling you in on my internship with ABB. This was my second rotation working at ABB’s Cleveland office. Last summer I was in a systems engineering position, and this summer I was in a proposals engineering role. I worked closely with customers, account managers, and many other people throughout the company to put together proposals for around 32 different projects. These proposals define the scope of work of each particular project as well as what equipment the customer will be receiving.

It was amazing to apply what I had learned last summer as well as my technical and writing skills to make a difference for a company. It even ended in a full time job offer for after graduation! I am so excited to continue my career at ABB and see where it takes me.

I also did a lot of travelling this summer—something that has always been very important to me. I traveled to Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, as well as Carolina Beach with my family and friends. I saw so many new places and got to have so many different experiences.

I am very grateful for the amazing final summer that I had as a student. On to the real world next summer!

Summer Internship at Ford Motor Company

Lydia Seiter

Lydia Seiter,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 11 September 2019

My passion for engineering and technology began when I was a kid. My dad, who is a mechanic, would bring me to his car repair shop, and I would play with the wrenches, ratchets, and tires in the garage. This early exposure to cars is why I was so excited to intern at Ford Motor Company this summer! I applied online for this opportunity.

At Ford, I was in the Safety, Environmental, & Sustainability Engineering department, and I worked on vehicle emissions testing and software testing. I’m very passionate about helping the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change, so this was a perfect assignment for me. I was in Ford’s testing laboratory, so there was so much to see every day—international vehicles, unreleased development vehicles, and even the occasional shiny GT!

Ford Internship

Beyond the engineering work, Ford also arranged meetings for interns with executives, employee professional development days, and tickets to a NASCAR race. Living in Detroit was very awesome—I traveled to Ann Arbor and Detroit, got to see my favorite band Tame Impala at a fantastic music festival with fellow Ambassador Charlotte, and continued my jiu-jitsu training!

I was very grateful to receive a full-time offer from Ford, so I’m looking forward to returning after I graduate.

Job Search to Job Found

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 February 2019

My first three years of college, I dreamed about that brilliant light at the end of the tunnel: graduation. It felt like it couldn’t come fast enough. Seven more semesters. Only three more semesters. However, when senior year finally rolled around, my excitement was replaced with apprehension as the daunting reality of the job search process sank in.

Frankly, I did not know where to begin. There is a vast variety of work for chemical engineers across a wide range of industries. This is definitely a positive, but it was challenging to narrow down what I wanted to do.

Luckily, I was not left to my own devices and procrastinating tendencies. The Director of Professional Experiences for the Russ College sent out an email about a job posting for an engineer interested in materials science. I thought, “Hey, I like materials science.”

I continued to read the job description—research and development of plastic films—and realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do. It was a mix of lab work while also working with customers and production for the scale-up process.

So, I worked up my courage and sent out my resume and brief cover letter to Next Generation Films, Inc in Lexington, OH. I heard back quickly and soon enough I had a phone interview scheduled with the R&D manager. I was very nervous for the interview, as most interviewees tend to be. However, the interview turned out to be a positive experience as the R&D manager and I chatted about Lauren Daigle in between discussing my resume.

Soon enough, I was on-site for a formal interview and had the chance to check out blown film extrusion and the R&D lab. I fell in love with the process and was beyond excited when I was offered a full time position at Next. Once again, I find myself impatient for summer, not for the end of college, but for the start of my career.

Coaching Basketball

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 5 February 2019

Over winter break I spent a good amount of my free time as an assistant coach of New Lexington girl’s junior high basketball team. From kindergarten to my senior year in high school, I played basketball almost every single day of the year.

After a few years of being away from the sport, I decided I wanted to get back into it, so in the middle of last semester I contacted one of my previous volleyball coaches and asked if she needed any help coaching her daughter’s basketball team.

A few practices in, I quickly realized coaching a sport is an even bigger challenge than playing it. Being back in the gym and observing the other coaches I learned I had to be even more confident, loud (which is oftentimes a challenge for me), and assertive while also being encouraging.

Coaching seventh and eighth grade girls is actually one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. Although junior high girls don’t always listen very well and sometimes bring drama to practice, I wouldn’t change my first coaching experience for anything.

Coaching these girls who have the same dreams I once had has been an unforgettable experience. Being able to pass down knowledge of something that has had such a great impact on my life is so fulfilling, especially when seeing the joy in the players’ faces after a win or a great accomplishment that they’ve been working on for a while.

There have been many long—usually fun—practices, rewarding wins, and tough losses throughout the season, and it’s been great to be back in the basketball environment.

After several snow days and missed games, this upcoming weekend we are heading into tournaments with a record of 7-6. I hope in my next blog post I can say both the 7th and 8th grade won the tournament and were MVL champions.