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Let's Create for Good

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Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead

Aviation

R.C. Tumbleson

R.C. Tumbleson

Chemical Engineering

Matt Reinke

Matt Reinke

Civil Engineering

Taffie Coler

Taffie Coler

Computer Science

Jordan Cole

Jordan Cole

Electrical Engineering

Molly Slattery

Molly Slattery

Engineering Technology and Management

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Scott Kostohryz

Scott Kostohryz

Mechanical Engineering

Gavin Whitehead
Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead

Aviation

Class of 2016

What did you do last summer? I stayed in Athens to get my instrument rating. I also learned a lot about communication because with instrument flying, radio calls get more complex with air traffic control. One flight out to Port Columbus I’ll never forget — I messed up a radio call, and now I strive to take my time and speak with confidence. That was a great experience that I not only use when flying, but in everyday life.

Fave thing about OHIO: Unlike most students, I get to escape the stress of classes 3,000 feet above Athens! I love flying over campus. It’s like a vacation for me.

What’s “Lead by example” about? Last semester, I started a study group for one of the hardest Aviation ground classes. My goal is to strengthen the Aviation community and give students a place to go when they need help so they know they’re not alone. People know I am passionate about flying, and I hope my efforts influence others to do the right thing.

R.C. Tumbleson
R.C. Tumbleson

R.C. Tumbleson

Chemical Engineering

Class of 2014

What did you do last summer? My first week, I traveled to Europe with the OHIO Marching 110 for my first experience abroad. We performed at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Once I returned, I interned with Ohio Precious Metals in Jackson, Ohio, a metal refinery specializing in gold and silver.

First connected with engineering: My father was an OHIO mechanical engineering alum, but I didn’t want to follow directly in his footsteps. I shadowed a handful of engineers my junior year in high school and was blown away by one of the chemical engineers.

What’s “Algae biofuel” about? As time goes on, our need for energy increases but our resources become more limited. Oil extraction from algae could be the answer for renewable energy source needs. Researching a variety of algae, determining the content in the extracted oil, as well as the amount of oil that can be extracted, I hope to find a feasible source of bio-fuel.

What most people don’t know: I’ve been raising and showing both dairy and market goats since I was nine years old.

Matt Reinke
Matt Reinke

Matt Reinke

Civil Engineering

Class of 2016

Any cool summer jobs? Last summer, I worked at a zoo in Costa Rica. I was in charge of cleaning the animal cages, as well as designing a new enclosure for a bird and assisting with the construction of the cage. I also brainstormed solutions for other engineering problems.

Future plans: This summer, I plan to get an internship abroad, hopefully in London. I plan on internships almost every summer so I can figure out in which field of civil engineering I want to spend the rest of my career.

Why the Russ College? The community of students. For a university of 22,000 students, OHIO has a relatively small campus. It creates a friendly, community feel. No matter where you go, you’re guaranteed to run into someone you know. The moment I stepped onto campus, I had a very special feeling about this place. It felt like home.

What’s “Environmentally friendly projects” about? Civil engineers can transform an area into a desirable location to live and play, which ultimately boosts the economy of the area and leads to a general increase in the quality of life, with positive effects on the surrounding environment.

Taffie Coler
Taffie Coler

Taffie Coler

Computer Science

Class of 2016

Ever had a co-op assignment? Last summer, I coded server-side methods for Hyland Software in Cleveland. I also did significant database and UI (user interface) work. On the side, I created a few Android applications. I didn’t realize how important mobile developers are!

Why the Russ College? Ohio University is close to home, and a strong wifi signal is where the heart is.

Beyond the classroom: I’m a third-year officer in the Association for Computing Machinery, the professional org for computer science. I’ll be giving seminars on Linux, databases and networking throughout the year.

What’s “Breaking down language barriers” about? I’d like to improve computers’ understanding of human language and improve translation software. I love when people say things I don’t understand, and I have to look up all the clues and take the words apart and think about the part of speech to figure out where it came from and why.

Guilty pleasure: Going on computational linguistics sites and looking up competition problems to try the puzzles!

Jordan Cole
Jordan Cole

Jordan Cole

Electrical Engineering

Class of 2016

Living in Athens: My favorite thing is how beautiful the campus is. Anywhere you go, the campus gives off the classic college look.

First connected with engineering: Through Project Lead the Way and F.I.R.S.T. Robotics in high school.

Why the Russ College? The professors. Every professor I’ve come in contact with has been professional, friendly, and extremely helpful regardless of whether I’m asking about something they teach.

What’s “Make creating easier” about? Most people shy away from engineering hobbies because they are difficult. Making a program do what you want it to do requires you to learn a language, and getting a circuit to do something can be even more difficult. But if there were some way to bypass this learning curve and get results, then every person with any idea can see it come to life.

Molly Slattery
Molly Slattery

Molly Slattery

Engineering Technology and Management

Class of 2014

Any cool summer jobs? I did an internship last summer with the DCOE (Defense Coordinating Officer/Element) of Region IV in Atlanta, Ga. It’s the coordination element between FEMA and other non-government organizations and the Army. Region IV oversees eight southeastern states. Over just three weeks there, I met high-ranking military leaders and representatives who make the decisions about how to use civilian and military assets to recover from natural disasters, as well as oversea devastation.

What’s “Develop safer and lighter military equipment” about? I’d like to develop safer materials and products that the military uses for disaster prevention and recovery, as well as develop protocols to cut down on reaction time and the number of life-threatening injuries/fatalities that occur.

Why the Russ College? I was recruited for swimming, I received an Army ROTC scholarship, and I fell in love with the campus when I visited. I chose Engineering Technology and Management because it’s a hands-on learning major, has a variety of subjects that are studied, and it does not require the hardest level of physics classes!

Esteban Rodriguez
Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Class of 2016

Any cool summer jobs? I went back to Colombia last summer and managed inventory at a restaurant. I did a study of the inventory to check orders with consumption, calculating the amount of meat per person as well as other food items like beans and rice. Now the restaurant can reduce its operations costs.

Living in Athens: I feel like this is the perfect place to study, where you have everything close to you and the time to do it. I like living in a small town where I can walk everywhere.

Why the Russ College? It’s the perfect size. Classes aren’t too big like in other colleges. You actually get to know your professors.

What’s “Make manufacturing in Colombia more efficient” about? Manufacturing, and every construction process in Colombia, takes a really long time to be completed, usually because of corruption, lack of planning or poor systems and processes. I want to work in the oil industry to lower the cost of oil production in Colombia so Colombia can become more competitive in a global context.

Scott Kostohryz
Scott Kostohryz

Scott Kostohryz

Mechanical Engineering

Class of 2015

Living in Athens: Ohio University has a small-school feel, yet it’s one of the larger schools in the state. I really enjoy how the professors get to know who you are. I don’t feel like just a number, and it’s great to have class with professors instead of grad students or TAs.

Beyond the classroom: As a prospective student, I was given a tour by an Engineering Ambassador. Four years later, I’m an Engineering Ambassador, and it’s exciting to see some of the prospective students to whom I gave tours, now enrolled in the Russ College. I’m also returning as a residential assistant to Sargent Hall for my third year.

Ever had a co-op assignment? Last summer, I returned to Stanley Electric in London, Ohio, for my second co-op rotation in the design office. I helped with the Acura NSX race car headlights used at the Pikes Peak races. I also went to the Indy 500 and the Honda Indy 200, where I saw open-wheel racing.

What’s “Design efficient vehicles” about? New industry standards. I want to play a part in the next generation of vehicles — safer vehicles, self-driving vehicles.

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