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Fall 2018 Events

The Office of Engineering Professional Practice is hosting the following events during the fall semester:

  • Engineering Cookout – August 31, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Engineering Courtyard at Perkins
  • Information Session – TBD
  • Prep for Success: Promote Yourself – TBD
  • Prep for Success: Interview Strategies – TBD
  • Interview Deadline – September 8, noon
    Last day to be added to interview schedules in advance of the Engineering Expo
  • Fall Engineering Expo – September 18, 2–5 p.m.
    Thompson-Boling Arena Concourse, enter at Gate D
  • Interview Day – September 19
    Thompson-Boling Arena Concourse, enter at Gate D
    By scheduled appointment only

Tanner Hardin

Tanner HardinThe featured student this week is Tanner Hardin, an electrical engineering major from Knoxville, Tennessee, who worked for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

During his rotation, Hardin’s main role was in HPP Finishing with assistant PAL, which assists the PAL in day-to-day problem solving to keep the plant running. This included reviewing and improving safe and ergonomic working environments, finding more efficient storage solutions in a small warehouse, as well as dust collector and conveyor motor reliability solutions.

Hardin said, “This term was challenging because of the volume of small projects I had. I was juggling no less than 10 projects at once, but that helped me to learn how to multitask effectively and efficiently.”

Yishmael LaMay

Yishmael LaMayThe featured student this week is Yishmael LaMay, a chemical engineering major from Franklin, Tennessee, who worked for Shaw Industries in Dalton, Georgia.

During his rotation, LaMay worked in the fibers division technical group. The department consists of various technicians who specialize in extrusion, synthetic turf, and polymer-based chemistry. His responsibilities consisted of gathering and analyzing data from trials and designing experiments related to stain resistive additives, synthetic turf, carpet fiber performance, and more.

One of the main projects he was tasked with, was to design and fabricate a prototype that could test for resiliency in the different types of yarn. His favorite part, however, was getting the opportunity to see how a manufacturing environment operates and works together to accomplish a goal.

LaMay believes that his co-op experience was extremely beneficial.

“One of the fears that people have with a co-op is that they will not be able to graduate on time,” LaMay said. “As much as that doesn’t sound too appealing, the experience gained is magnified.”

“You also have the benefit of increasing your network base, which can include full-time employment opportunities and building your own professional profile.”

Simon Boka

The featured student this week is Simon Boka, a computer engineering major from Knoxville, Tennessee. He worked as a co-op student at OSIsoft, LLC in Johnson City, TN.

Boka worked specifically with the interface testing team. His main assignment was to perform tests on different interfaces to automatically check a specific interface feature. He also got the opportunity to participate in a company-wide “Visual Hackathon”, that provided him the opportunity to learn new programming skills.

According to Simon, “The most valuable benefit I received during my co-op is that I have a better view of what to expect when I get out of school. Also, I learned to refine academics skills to fit the company standards and I am more open to the spirit of teamwork.”

Simon Boka

Ethan Weaver

Ethan WeaverThe featured student this week is Ethan Weaver, a Mechanical Engineering major from Spring Hill, Tennessee, who worked for PolyOne in Clinton, Tennessee.

Weaver worked under the Maintenance Manager, using his knowledge of engineering related practices and programs to support the maintenance department of the company in any way possible. During his coop, Weaver designed a replacement for the machinery located in the plant.It was his responsibility to measure the machine, design the part in AutoCAD, and then reach out to the contractors to find the most cost-effective way to get this part fabricated and installed.

He also worked on creating a digital catalog for all of the CAD drawings used by PolyOne. This project required him to design a data archive and create a process for efficiently cataloging, dating, and extracting thousands of drawing files created over the course of 25+ years. This project allowed the maintenance staff to easily find CAD drawings that are critical to their work in minutes instead of days.

Weaver says, “My time as a co-op has given me a new appreciation for my education and it taught me the value of hard work. While attending classes between semesters, I felt more engaged because I knew that what I was learning would be helpful in the future.”

Patrick Jung

2017 Summer Intern Flight suit shoot - Patrick Jung

The featured student this week is Patrick Jung, a Mechanical Engineering major from Knoxville, Tennessee, who worked for NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Jung worked in the Advanced Measurement & Data Systems branch of the Research Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center. His main task was to parameterize the design of a strain gage for simple and immediate visualization of design specification changes. “I liked that there were open lectures every week of the internship providing a glimpse of the many areas of interest at the center,” Jung said. “There was also a class focusing on the basics of Finite Element Analysis offered, as well as many tours of the state of the art facilities on center.”

Madeleine Burrell

Madeleine Burrell at Southern Company

Burrell recently completed a co-op experience where she worked as a nuclear steam supply systems engineer at Southern Company in Vidalia, Georgia. Burrell gained hands-on experience by learning the mechanics of safe operation and contributing to the creation of electrical energy. She oversaw the procurement of various system components, led safety briefings, and observed a nuclear fuel exchange during an outage.

Burrell was chosen as a representative for community outreach programs and also took the initiative to develop a speaker program where she and other young engineers talked to high school and college students about the misconceptions of nuclear power.

“Networking with professionals in the field, developing my communication and leadership skills, and being able to effectively coordinate various project with peers, supervisors, and engineers is a priceless experience,” she said. “My co-op has allowed me to bring the classroom outside of the halls of my university. I learned through tactile application, then subsequently studied the method and rationale of what I have accomplished to create a versatile and well-rounded educational experience.”

Spring 2018 Events

The Office of Engineering Professional Practice is hosting the following events during the spring 2018 semester:

  • Information Session – January 23, 5 p.m.
    307 SERF
  • Prep for Success: Promote Yourself – January 30, 5 p.m.
    307 SERF
  • Prep for Success: Interview Strategies – February 6, 5 p.m.
    307 SERF
  • Interview Deadline – February 8, noon
    Last day to be added to interview schedules in advance of the Engineering Expo
  • Spring Engineering Expo – February 19, 2–5 p.m.
    Thompson-Boling Arena Concourse, enter at Gate D
  • Interview Day – February 20
    Thompson-Boling Arena Concourse, enter at Gate D
    By scheduled appointment only

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Evan Lockhart

Evan LockhartThe featured student this week is Evan Lockhart, a civil and environmental engineering major from Cedar Hill, Tennessee, who worked for Brasfield and Gorrie in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lockhart was involved in Region 4, in commercial project management.  A few of his job responsibilities were performing takeoffs, verifying change order quantities from subcontractors, updating tracking logs on activities performed on the jobsite, managing the inspection binder for all buildings in the development, procuring materials, and posting RFIs and submittals.

“If anything, this coop taught me to be proactive, because on a job as fast paced as the one I was on, it is easy to fall behind with all the work that takes place on a daily basis,” Lockhart said.

Lockhart believes the most valuable benefit he received from accepting this co-op was the opportunity to get on the job experience and the opportunity to find out more of what he wants to do when he gets out of school.

Nygel Yancey

Nygel YanceyThe featured student this week is Nygel Yancey, an industrial engineering major from Memphis, Tennessee, who worked for Duraline in Knoxville, TN.

During his rotation, Yancey worked in the quality department. His responsibilities were to maintain monthly reports on sales, orders, scrap, and customer complaints. He also maintained a system of controlled documents that the entire company must abide by. He did projects that pertained to keeping a record of data logs in order to make decisions based on accurate statistics gathered. These reports were used to discuss and determine what can be done to minimize issues that dealt with safety, scrap product, etc., and to maximize profit.

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