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Finding my First Job

Lorraine Fitzgerald

Lorraine Fitzgerald,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 16 November 2020

Last month, I was offered and accepted a full-time position with Parker Hannifin—a fifteen-billion-dollar global manufacturing company that has over 3,000 product lines. These products range from valves to medical and dental equipment.

I was hired as a Lean Leadership Associate and will be working in their Motion Systems Group. During my first two years at Parker, I will be in a leadership development program that is intended to ensure that I am a well-rounded professional and am set up for success and ready to hold a management position after graduating from the program. While in this two-year program, I will move every six months.

All the companies I connected with and received job offers from were through Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology Fall Career Fair. During all my interviews I was told that they could tell that I am passionate about my work and am eager to learn.

After hearing and thinking about what they had told me, the best advice I could give to any undergraduate student is to find and study something they are truly passionate about. I learned that if you really like something, it is a lot easier to talk about. I also learned that it is important to choose the right job position and company for you.

I chose to accept the offer from Parker Hannifin over the others because I knew that I wanted to be part of a team that cares about one another, has a positive atmosphere, provides me with the ability to move into a leadership role, and allows me to move between states and travel.

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.

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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!