Monthly Archives: June 2019

Thank you AASEP

Thank you AASEP

By: Brando Martinez 

Img 7745Brando Martinez, pictured on left. 

During my time in the AASEP meetings I had a blast!! Each presenter brought their own personality to their presentation, each meeting had their own little project which challenged us and forced us to collaborate with each other even though we had never talked beforehand. I learned a lot from the program and was able to make new friends. AASEP helped me be a well-rounded student and prepare me for my internship.  This program helped a lot of students around Akron and gives us not just exposure to what we will be expecting as engineers, but also with other jobs in our future. AASEP helped us grow as students and become more mature. I would like to thank Johnathan Simmons for hosting a great program, making students more responsible, and helping build us into future engineers. 

Exploring Engineering

Exploring Engineering 

By: Hunter Huey 

The entirety of the All-Akron Student Engineering Program has been a great help in figuring out my future. Before joining the program, I was not entirely sure of what career path I wanted to take. Engineering has always been in the back of my mind as an option, but for the past few years I have been aiming to go into the field of forensic science. The problem with both options was that I did not know much about them. I knew that there are very few openings in forensics, and I assumed that engineering would be the same. I wasn’t even sure what either field did on a day to day basis. Weighing everything I knew at the time, I decided to stay on the path of forensic science, but that all changed when I joined this program.

Although I was a late addition to the program, I was still able to learn plenty from the meetings and sessions that were held before the internships had begun. I was shown just how vast and widespread the umbrella of engineering was. I learned that there were countless engineering firms all over Akron with multiple types of engineering in them. There were meetings with people from all these firms that we were able to talk with us and explain what kind of work they do on a day-to-day basis. I couldn’t get the full experience that was initially offered, but what I was shown has set me on the track with my career as an engineer. The only major thing that I have to figure out now, is what specific field of engineering I want to go with, but that should hopefully be solved with my internship and where I will be able to explore different types of engineering. 

Knowledge for My Future Career

Knowledge for My Future Career

By: Shelley Bradshaw 

 

I’m only 3 days into my internship at Prime AE, but I already know this is going to be such a good experience for me. I was able to go out into the field and see a project that the wastewater/water engineers are working on here. We went up to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and they showed me a location where they are removing a dam for a client and replacing it with a screw pump. I was able to learn about why and how they are doing the work, and how the screw pump operates. They explained to me the process they must go through to be able to work on the site, and just how long a process like this usually takes. They have told me that projects very rarely go according to plan, but there is always a way to get things done. They have taught me about the business side of engineering and what decisions are made to keep the clients happy with the work being done. My internship is giving me knowledge that I know will be useful in my future career, whether that is in engineering or not. I am so excited for the rest of my time here and cannot wait to see what other new things I can learn!

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

By: Hunter Jones

    The company that I am working with for my internship is Thomarios. Thomarios is a company that started with painting but grew to other fields of work including construction and powder coating. During my internship, I am working in the Thomarios IT department instead of with a construction team. Within my first week of interning, some of the projects I have worked on are updating computers to improve efficiency and helping staff with various IT related problems. Another big project I have been working on involves using an Apple II computer, which was released in 1977, 42 years ago! Throughout these projects, I have had to search for information on topics that have little documentation to guide me and I have also learned to be creative and use outside of the box thinking techniques.

Grateful for AASEP

Grateful for AASEP

By: Kathryne Burns 

 

Kathryn Burns

Since I was fortunate enough to return to the AASEP this year, the variety of workshops have allowed me to develop and refine the skills needed to be successful in a professional setting. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to network further with individuals in the field of engineering, as well as members of the Akron community. 

Each workshop provided insightful information that would not only help me during my interview process but be able to thrive in a corporate environment. The first speakers at the Winter STEM Fest discussed understanding personality and way in which I interact with others. This was important to figuring out how I best communicate with others and how to develop those skills. Other sessions covered an array of topics that young professionals must navigate when first entering the business world such as: the importance of written communication, table manners and eating food, and appropriate attire. Professionals that helped review and practice our one-minute speeches as well as networking with us. These skills were all put to the test during our final elevator speeches and interviews with the representatives from the different engineering firms in March. These workshops really helped develop and prepare me not only for my interview but for my future in the engineering profession.

The AASEP is a wonderful addition to the opportunities that Akron provides for students that helps take learning and personal growth outside of the classroom.