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Lauren Meffe

Lauren Meffe


Kingsport, Tennessee

I have had the opportunity to work three rotations for Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. Eastman Chemical Company is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, chemicals, and fibers that people use daily. My first assignment was a part of Eastman’s world-wide engineering and construction division in the global engineering service center, where I helped support engineering needs throughout Eastman’s global sites. My second assignment I was in Eastman’s world-wide engineering and construction division, plant engineering. I worked in the civil, structural, and architectural (CSA) group supporting the manufacturing areas around the plant. My third assignment I worked in Eastman’s world-wide engineering and construction division, advanced work packaging and construction excellence group. This group is centered around improving construction practices through the implementation of a CII best practice, advanced work packaging and other initiatives. 

I decided to pursue a co-op to help gain professional and technical skills before I graduate college.

During my summer 2018 assignment, I worked on numerous projects that involved maintaining the current infrastructure in Eastman’s manufacturing site. Some of these assignments included: modifications to a pulling post utilized for equipment maintenance, updating company ladder standards, and designing a pipe support to hold nitrogen lines to a building. Completing these projects reinforced the important ethical responsibility an engineer has to ensure safe designs to protect the public. This valuable lesson is not always realized in the classroom, so experiencing this hands-on was very beneficial.

Participation in three work assignments has allowed me to gain professional and technical skills, which has helped me become a better student and engineer. During my work terms, I was provided relevant assignments specific to civil engineering. This exposure has helped me in school by being able to relate real-world applications to lessons covered in the classroom. I have also learned about the professional responsibilities of an engineer to ensure the safety of the public in engineering design.

I would highly encourage all engineering majors to participate in a co-op assignment. This program greatly benefits students by getting exposure to real world engineering applications and seeing the numerous career paths available to the engineering profession. Also, having prior work experience will enhance your job market ability at graduation.

When I am not busy studying or working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies, and traveling.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I would be happy to help!

Lauren Meffe

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