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Shivang Patel

Shivang Patel


Cleveland, Tennessee

I worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 3 terms. Kimberly-Clark is known for their personal care products such as Kleenex facial tissues. I worked 2 of my terms in the Loudon, Tennessee, paper mill manufacturing hand towels and bath tissue. My third term was in the Neenah, Wisconsin, research and engineering facility doing product development for adult feminine care products.

I decided to co-op because I wanted to learn about the different opportunities I can pursue after I graduate with my degree, and expand my knowledge in the field I am studying. I also wanted to feel how the work lifestyle differs from the school lifestyle, and find out if the work lifestyle was for me.

One of my key lessons learned from my co-op rotations was how important effective communication is. During a chemical trial I was a part of, we had to ensure any process changes in manufacturing were communicated to converting assets to avoid downstream process delays. In the end, together the engineering team was able to cut chemical usage by 60%.

By participating in a co-op, I now understand the importance of teamwork. Almost all of the projects or tasks that I have completed during my co-op term have relied on effective teamwork. To ensure great teamwork, I had to build strong relationships with the people I worked with.

To encourage someone to obtain a co-op assignment, I would say do not worry about graduating late, or missing school. The professional practice office and engineering advisors are supporting you to ensure that you are successful during your co-op assignment, and when you return to school after your co-op assignment. Not only that, you will have a great opportunity to leave your comfort zone, experience something new, and grow from that experience.

When I am not busy studying or working, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking or playing tennis. I also spend lots of time with my family and friends.

Shivang Patel

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