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End of Senior Year

Courtney Sterrick

Courtney Sterrick,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 27 April 2015

I cannot believe that after five years at Ohio University, I graduate on Saturday! Last week was my last week of classes ever, and on Friday, I will have my last final. Each picnic, dinner, and activity is very bittersweet. With that being said, I am very excited to begin the next chapter of my life.

On May 26th, I will begin working at DuPont in the Teflon® area as a process engineer and will be located at the Washington Works plant site in Parkersburg, WV. This is the same plant and area I co-oped in for a total of 16 months from 2012 to 2014. I am excited to begin tackling projects and making process improvements within the area. To add to the excitement, on July 1st, the Chemicals and Fluoroproducts business of DuPont (which includes Teflon®) will be spun-off and form the new company, Chemours. This is an exciting time for the business, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.

Even though I grew up in Parkersburg, I will also have new living arrangements. Today, I signed my lease for my new apartment! Unlike my past two apartments while at school, this will be the first time where I will living without roommates. Having no roommates will definitely be a shift from sharing an apartment with two roommates for the past three years.

There’s a lot about Athens that I will miss—-my friends, professors, the bike path, attending hockey games, and Casa Nueva (my favorite restaurant!). However, all in all, I look forward to the challenges and experiences that are ahead. I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had the last five years and look forward to representing Ohio University as an alumna.

Graduation and Post-Grad

Erin Tracy

Erin Tracy,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 April 2015

My first blog post as an engineering ambassador was written exactly seven months ago during the first week of my senior year, September 12, 2015. I was in the midst of “last firsts” and talked about my disbelief about being a senior and desire to make the most of my last year at OU. Now, as I write my final post, I’m in the late stages of wrapping up projects and presentations, attending end-of-the-year banquets, and preparing for graduation. It really does seem crazy how fast the last seven months have flown by.

After graduation, I will be spending ten months to two years in South Asia as a missionary and also working for a non-profit organization. I’m so excited to be a part of something bigger than myself and to keep the same mindset that has been drilled into my head by the Russ College to “create for good.” I plan to come back from my time overseas with a new outlook on people, which I think will also serve me well in a career in engineering. Attending graduate school, going straight into the workforce, or staying in full-time ministry is a decision I will have to make as my next step…but I won’t think too hard about that quite yet!

To end with some advice to incoming freshmen or underclassmen, get involved early and take advantage of every opportunity at OU. Join organizations to build both personal and professional skills, make lasting connections with people, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. College is the time to try new things, fail, and ultimately grow.

Accepting a Job to Start My Career

Justin Lumbard

Justin Lumbard,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 29 March 2015

As a graduating senior, one of the more daunting tasks that I have had to do is interview for jobs and really decide what direction I wanted to go with my career as I finish. So far, it has been a natural progression from one school to another, but now that I have some choices, it makes things a bit more interesting.

I have had several day-long interviews with companies, which are an exhausting experience. I also had been thinking about attending Ohio University for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ohio’s program is becoming really excellent and it would make for a really good transition into the “real world”.

Recently, however, I had an interview with Honda R&D in Raymond, Ohio. They extended me an offer for a Suspension Test engineering position which I was glad to accept just a few days ago. Now that that weight is off my shoulders, I plan to finish out my projects well and head to Haiti for my final senior design project.

Life after College

Ross Lowry

Ross Lowry,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 23 February 2015

As my time here in Athens is coming to an end, it’s time to face reality and get ready for the real world. At the end of last semester, I found out that I was accepted to serve in the Active Duty Army as a helicopter pilot, which for me, is what I have been working towards all four years while I’ve been here at OU. So what exactly does this mean…

Within the next two weeks, the current graduating class of Army ROTC Cadets will be finding out when they leave for their training, which for me will be in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Other Cadets who did not branch Aviation will also be finding out their Duty Stations, or essentially where they will be living for the next several years after their training. Due to the fact that flight school for me can last up to two years, I will not be finding out my Duty Station until near completion of my training.

ROTC

Some of the training I will get to experience with my time at Fort Rucker includes the initial eight-week Basic Officer Leadership Course, where I will learn what it takes to be an Aviation Officer. This involves mainly classroom work and the beginnings of learning the components of a helicopter and what makes them fly. This is where I am fortunate that I have my engineering background, so this portion of the course should hopefully not be too bad. I will then attend a three-week survival course, in the event I should ever go down behind enemy lines, and upon completion of this I will begin flight school.

Balancing ROTC with school work has been challenging, all while earning the title of Distinguished Military Graduate for ranking in the top 20th percentile of the nation. Therefore, after graduation, I am hoping to relax for one last summer before I begin what very well may be my career. Looking back, I am still glad for choosing to stick with an engineering degree just because of the discipline and mindset that comes with a lot work.

Preparing for P&G After Graduation

Nichole Lowe

Nichole Lowe,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 25 February 2014 – Ohio University, specifically Russ College, has allowed me to reach my goals. When I graduate, I will be working for Procter & Gamble Research and Development for their Beauty department. Since my freshman year, I have always known that P&G was my dream company. The education here at OU prepared me to be successful in two internships for P&G which led to my full-time job offer.

There is also a lot of assistance here beyond the academics. I had my resumé looked at by the Russ College co-op office and even did a mock interview to prepare myself. Another important resource on OU’s campus that I used sophomore year for my job interview was the quiet rooms provided at Baker for phone and Skype interviews. This was very useful because I did not have to worry about anyone interrupting my interview or having a lot of background noise.

Now that I have already accepted my full time job offer, I am currently in the process of preparing my new apartment. This has truly been an exciting time for me. Despite living in apartments here at OU for two years, getting an apartment for my job feels more official. This process has made me realize that I am truly entering into the real world. Furniture and apartment shopping has been the highlight of the post-graduation plans.

It’s exciting to already know what I will be doing when I graduate and to reflect on the four great years I’ve had as an Ohio university student. I look forward to graduation day and receiving my diploma so I can officially call myself an Ohio University Alum.

Accepting a Job and Starting My Career

Steven Crane

Steven Crane,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 17 October 2013 – I’ve got great news–I accepted a full time job offer from Gosiger last week! And the crazy thing is…I don’t even graduate until December of 2014! It was a great feeling when they said “we want to extend you a job offer.” And after all the incentives and everything else they offered I accepted it!

Gosiger

Gosiger is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine Distributor and Engineering Solutions company. They’re located in Dayton, Ohio and I will be working there this summer and will start full time after I graduate.

Gosiger

I really love the Russ College of Engineering and Technology because of how well they prepared me for this opportunity; both in the sense of technical skills, but also how to do a job interview. This is completely different from applying for a job at your local restaurant and temp hire during the summer. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CAREER!

I feel really blessed and thankful for this opportunity that I’ve been presented with. I’ll be a Sales Engineer at Gosiger. As an Engineering Technology and Management student, I was able to achieve my certificate in Technical Sales during my stay at OU. I would highly recommend it because it helped me become a much more well-rounded individual in the business side of engineering because ETM students already are required to minor in business.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Self, I bet he had to stay a whole extra semester/year to earn a certificate in Technical Sales.” Fact is I didn’t. I was able to substitute my technical electives for sales electives.

If you’re interested in the sales centre, here is a link to their website.
http://aspnet.cob.ohio.edu/isms/tsc.aspx

If I were to explain it on this blog, it would be at least a few pages long! A career in sales is not what everyone thinks it is. It is a very rewarding career that I’m ecstatic about and can’t wait to start my career in January 2015!

Preparing for My Job Search

Eric Abboud

Eric Abboud,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 12 September 2013 – After a visit with the Career Center here at Ohio University, I got a wake up call regarding the content of my resume. My resume portrayed my strong work ethic and a good GPA, but after visiting with the Career Center I realized I had absolutely no involvement with organizations here at OU. Had it not been for my visit to the Career Center I never would have considered it, and even if I did, I may not have acted on it.

My past four summers have been consumed by working, whether it was with the Ohio Department of Transportation or Dutton Cattle Co. As a student at Ohio University I worked for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and at Boyd dining hall. I needed to work to build up a savings account, pay for books, rent, etc. It wasn’t until my third year at OU that I realized being involved in organizations was just as important as maintaining a paying job.

Coincidentally, I was presented with two opportunities to join organizations a week after my visit with the Career Center. The first was Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT), the International Honor Society for Professionals in Technology. I accepted the invitation to join and was appointed Treasurer. Shortly after my invitation to join EPT I was selected to join the Engineering Ambassadors, representing the Engineering Technology and Management Department along with a good friend of mine.

Having a job and supporting yourself as a college student is important, but the knowledge and contacts gained from organizations and honor societies are invaluable. Working alongside professors, developing relationships with other high-achieving individuals, and growing a network of professionals within the industry might not show up in a bank account, but they definitely build up your resume. More importantly, they strengthen your abilities as a student and potential employee.