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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.

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.

SWE Conference 2014

Natasha Norris

Natasha Norris,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 26 October 2014

October 22nd through 25th, Ohio University Society of Women Engineers traveled to Los Angeles for our annual national conference.

We left around 3 a.m. Wednesday to catch our 7 a.m. flight from Columbus.

OU SWE at Columbus Airport

After we arrived in Los Angeles, we spent a portion of the day on Santa Monica Beach. We carried our luggage around the beach and caught received many stares.

OU SWE at Santa Monica Beach

Then we traveled to Pasadena. We were all exhausted by the end of the day…

Exhausted

By the second day, we were fresh and awake for our conference. The Society of Women Engineers annual national conference offers the largest career fair for engineers available in the United States. We spent the day at seminars prepping for the career fair on Friday. The seminars ranged from helping young girls learn about engineering to how to start a job in a new work place. At the conference, I was able to make connections with many other SWE chapters such as Ohio State and Cincinnati.

SWE Conference 2014

On Friday, we were ready to win over an interview at the career fair. OU SWE members interviewed with Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Automation, Turner Construction, Toyota, GM, Eaton, 3M and Halliburton to name a few. Some of us were even able to land an internship on the spot. I received internship offers from Northrop Grumman and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Friday night left some sightseeing time. We all traveled to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had our group dinner at a nearby pub.

OU SWE at Hollywood Walk of Fame

Saturday morning we left Los Angeles with our souvenirs and exhaustion, but great memories we shared with our OU SWE members. But, let me leave you with an unknown fact in Ohio that only Californians know…

Water in a Box

Leading the Scuba Diving Class Trip

Julie Stenger

Julie Stenger,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 20 October 2014

This past weekend I traveled to Williston, Florida for the scuba diving class checkout trip. As the teaching assistant for the class, I spent a lot of hours planning and scheduling this trip and felt exhausted by the time 5:15 A.M. Thursday morning rolled around when it time to board the bus for the trip down. We got to Devil’s Den Spring in Florida at midnight Thursday and spent Friday morning diving in the spring, which is on a private farm and has crystal clear waters.

Scuba Trip

We had nothing planned for the rest of the day and instead of spending time hanging out by ourselves, a few of the students decided to ask our instructors if we could travel to Universal Studios theme park. Much to my surprise they said yes so we loaded up the van and traveled an hour and a half to Orlando. We got to spend 4 jam packed hours exploring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, riding the Incredible Hulk multiple times, and eating a delicious, and expensive, meal at the Hard Rock Café.

Scuba Trip

We dived in the den again on Saturday morning and spent the afternoon snorkeling down Rainbow River. That night we had a bonfire and even wound up crashing a wedding next door!

This weekend was the perfect mid-semester break from classes despite how hectic it was. Scuba diving at Ohio University has opened me up to a lot of opportunities in the past two years that I will forever be grateful for. Not only have I been able to get good at an incredible activity that I will be able to participate in for the rest of my life, but I have met countless amazing people throughout my time and made memories to last forever.

Scuba Trip

I encourage everyone to take a class in something they love doing. It makes school a lot more fun and breaks up the regular routine. Ohio University has numerous programs available and scuba diving is just one potentially life changing class! Get involved!

Enjoying a Fall Getaway

Jordan Sapp

Jordan Sapp,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 20 October 2014

A question I wrestled with when choosing to major in engineering was “If I study engineering, will I have a life outside of homework and exams?” After spending two-and-a-half years in Civil Engineering, I can confidently answer that question with, “Yes it is possible to have a life outside of engineering work.”

This past weekend was a clear example of leaving the real world of work and just enjoying life. Saturday I went to the Circleville Pumpkin show with a group of friends. The pumpkin show is an annual gathering of pumpkin fanatics in a festival-like atmosphere about an hour from Athens. There are rides, food, games, and tons of pumpkin goodness. That includes the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie, 6 feet in diameter.

World's Largest Pumpkin Pie

Anything you can think of, they’ve made it pumpkin-flavored and I had the opportunity to taste some of it! After sampling through pumpkin chili, elephant ears, coffee, pie, funnel cake, ice cream, and fudge I decided my favorite pumpkin-flavored food was the pumpkin donut from a local bakery named Lindsey’s. The donuts were one-of-a-kind and truly satisfied my taste buds.

After the pumpkin show we camped out at the house of one of my friends. this camping out involved marshmallows, hot dogs, guitar playing, and an overall good time. To top off the night, we all slept in hammocks.

Hammock Camping

After weekends like these, I appreciate the ability to have some free time to get away from engineering and just enjoy the opportunities going to school in this area offers