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Environmental Design Contest

Courtney Sterrick

Courtney Sterrick,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 5 April 2015

From March 29th to April 1st, nine OU ChBE students and two ChBE professors traveled to Las Cruces, NM to compete at the annual Waste-management Education Research Consortium (WERC) Environmental Design Contest organized by New Mexico State University.

WERC

This year, our four-person group was tasked with designing a small-scale wastewater treatment facility capable of reducing sulfate concentration in brackish water using electrocoagulation. Over the course of the academic year, our team worked to understand the theory behind electrocoagulation and researched various electrochemical cell designs to maximize sulfate removal.

Besides testing different designs, we also had to prepare an in-depth paper discussing our research, an oral presentation, and a bench-scale demonstration of the technology. The entire research process was a great learning experience, as was being able to discuss with other teams their approaches to solve the same problem.

In addition to competing in the competition, our group also went sightseeing! While in Las Cruces, we spent one evening at White Sands where we watched the sun set. We also jumped off and raced up some of the sand dunes.

Once the competition concluded, our group traveled to Flagstaff, AZ for the remainder of the week. While traveling, we visited the Petrified Forest. A group picture while at the Painted Desert is below.

WERC

The trip culminated with hiking the Grand Canyon. Three of us (including myself) hiked from the rim to the river and back in less than 7.5 hours!

WERC

The whole trip was a great experience, and if given the chance, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

RLI Trip to San Diego

Emily Blaha

Emily Blaha,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 14 March 2015

The Robe Leadership Institute is a seminar for Russ College students to be introduced to leadership concepts and develop their own opinions on what characteristics lead to effective leadership. I had the opportunity to participate in the class this past fall. I think the most beneficial thing for me is that I understand more about my own personality and how to work best with others. We also get to hear from many different speakers throughout the semester; most of them are alumni who have held high leadership positions in different organizations.

Over spring break, participants in RLI traveled to San Diego to visit 5 companies in the area: FieldLogix, Outsource Manufacturing, Wintriss Engineering, Vektrex, and Indyme Electronics. While we were there, we met with the CEOs of the companies and discussed leadership with them. It gave us the chance to see all of the leadership concepts that we learned in the seminar in action. Each of the leaders was unique. They all had their own strengths and weaknesses, and it was easy to see that each company needed a different style of leader.

Robe Leadership Institute Members

Today, more and more companies are looking for engineers to be leaders. The way we think about efficiency and problem solving gives us a great foundation to be effective leaders. Here’s a short article about CEOs with engineering backgrounds!

I love RLI

Spring Break Activities

Josh D'Urso

Josh D’Urso,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 12 March 2015

My Spring Break this year was split into two different trips. The first four days of my break was spent snowboarding in Breckenridge, Colorado and the last half of my Spring Break was spent in Dallas for a Women in Aviation Conference. Yes, I know, I’m not a woman but it is a great organization for anyone in the Aviation industry to be involved in!

Since Spring Break was so early this year, my buddies and I decided since it’s going to be cold everywhere, we might as well enjoy it. The mountains in Colorado are majestic and there are no words or pictures that will do them justice. Since the runs were so long and exhausting it was nice to sit down and look out and enjoy the scenery. I don’t always make the best decisions when on the mountain and I try to push my limits by traveling through the woods and going off a few jumps. After a few nasty wipe-outs and bumps and bruises, I was ready to head to Texas for my conference.

The conference had every major airline and company attending including Boeing, Airbus, Southwest, Delta, American Airlines, and many more. There were a little over 4,000 people who attended and about 1,000 were collegiate students and the rest were professional pilots or in some way involved in the industry. I was able to listen to many keynote speakers including Colleen Barrett who is the president of Southwest Airlines. It was a great networking experience and I was able to hand out my resume to a variety of companies. It was very rewarding, as I have already received emails to interview for the first officer position on a regional airline as soon as I meet the minimum flight hour requirements.

Institute of Industrial Engineers Regional Conference

Casey Davis

Casey Davis,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 25 February 2015

This past weekend there was a very exciting event going on at Purdue University. Every year, IIE puts on regional conferences across the country; ours is appropriately named the Great Lakes region. Schools with IIE chapters in this region include Ohio State, Purdue, Western Michigan, Wayne State, and many others.

This conference was a great opportunity to network and meet others from the same field in order to see what is occurring in academia and in the real world relating to industrial engineering. The theme of the conference was “rethink IE”, in reference to our ever-expanding and changing major. There was a push for the students and faculty to reflect upon how our major has developed from simple work design and time studies, to complicated genetic algorithms and neural networks. There was much optimism for the Ohio University students as we attended lectures and sessions pertaining to everything in the IE professional world such as Health Care to Supply Chain Management to consulting IE.

In addition to the professional development we also attended a career fair with big companies such as Whirlpool, Halliburton, Disney, GE, and many others. Purdue also set up a plant tour for the visiting schools at the Subaru manufacturing plant near campus. This plant consisted of over 4000 employees, a massive assembly line, and well-designed material handling system. This plant had yearly output of about 310,000 cars just to give you some idea of the sheer size of this facility.

These events and opportunities are a huge leg up in the professional and personal world as you can discuss things with potential employers, faculty, and peers. In addition to the professional side we also had a few socials with the schools that attended, which allowed people to bond on a more personal level with students from other schools that attended. (OU’s students were the best dancers…).

One of the greatest aspects of this trip is that the Russ College essentially paid for everything–a nearly all-expense paid professional trip before you are in the working world definitely shows OU’s commitment to its students and their development.

OU Students at the IIE Conference

I am extremely happy I attended this conference and due to the fact I will be here next year for graduate school next year I will be at the next conference for sure and for prospective and current students, I advise them to the same.

Winter Break Ski Trip

Claire Hall

Claire Hall,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 14 January 2015

This Winter Break 10 other engineers and I were able to take a Ski trip to Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York. One of the my classmates was able to rent a small condo through a family friend and we all carpooled over to New York.

The weather was perfect for three full days of skiing and fun! The first day we got to the resort it was a demo day. All of the different brands of skis and snowboards had tents filled with gear that people could try out for a couple of hours. I learned how to snowboard from a friend in middle school and had never tried skiing. So this trip I was able to demo skis and have my friends teach me!

Ski Trip

It was very different and definitely more difficult for me to pick up. Everyone was a good sport about it and waited for me as I went slowly down the runs. The other people on the trip were much more experienced than me even when I was back on my snowboard but it was fun to hear about how everyone had picked up skiing or snowboarding. Back at the condo we all made meals together and had an awesome time relaxing and playing lots of euchre.

Ski Trip

Eurotrip

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 January 2015

This past Christmas break, I took a Eurotrip to London and the Netherlands. London caught me by surprise and Holland stole my heart.

London moved at such a fast pace, I couldn’t keep up! But we still made it to see the big sites. The London eye, London Tower Bridge, and Tower of London were the highlights. I got to see the crown jewels and the best view of London on the Eye.

Big Ben

I even got some James Bond pics by MI6 and made a stop at Platform 9 and ¾. I watched the Lion King near Covent Garden; their British accents made the show! We even happened to find an Abraham Lincoln statue near the British Parliament.

Platform 9-3/4

The pace slowed down when I visited family in Holland. Leiden, Delft, Gouda, and Amsterdam were all so beautiful–lots of water, of course! Everyone in Holland rides a bike; when I got on mine the first thing I did was fall off! By the time our three weeks were up, I could make decent turns.

While in Amsterdam, I visited the Anne Frank House. We waited 3 hours in the pouring rain in 35-degree weather, but it was well worth it! I attended a famous play, Soldaat Van Oranje, or Soldier of Orange. It was truly Dutch! Our seats rotated to the different scenes of the play! It even had real water with waves to be the North Sea the actors jumped into.

Oh yeah, the Dutch are crazy on New Years. Everyone, and I mean everyone, lets off fireworks in the streets! No laws or police to stop it! And for those of you that are Fault in Our Stars fans, I got to sit on the bench that Hazel and Gus kissed at in Amsterdam!

Fault in Our Stars

Given the opportunity to live in Holland, I would gladly take it! For now, I’ll just recommend that everyone take a visit not just to Amsterdam, but several of Holland’s smaller towns as well.

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.