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Veeren Patel

  • Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Company: Kimberly Clark
  • Graduation Year: May 2022
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My co-op was with Kimberly Clark in Loudon, Tennessee, where I worked for two terms. The Loudon mill manufactures bath tissue and hand towel products for brands such as Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle. I worked in the fibers area of the mill. My projects were based around reducing the amount of fiber loss throughout the fibers process. I also did an additional rotation with International Paper in Rome, Georgia. The IP Rome mill produces liner board for cardboard products. I worked in the fiber and pulp area of the mill. My projects included auditing and mapping out different processes throughout the pulping process to accurately monitor them.     

Co-ops are a very valuable learning experience for engineering students to obtain applicable work experience. I learned that I was interested in manufacturing after my three terms in the industry. The applicable work experience also helps create a more appealing resume for companies looking to hire individuals for additional intern terms or full time positions.      

Balancing taking advantage of every opportunity and putting too much on your plate was a skill I learned while on co-op. Being honest to yourself about your workload is always better than disappointing someone relying on you. Throughout my terms, I learned my limit for workload so that I could still challenge but not overwork myself.         

Co-ops are a great way to gain applicable work experience for your major. This opportunity can also help you evaluate whether your major is right for you or not by giving you a glimpse into your professional career. After completing an assignment, you establish yourself as a more marketable engineer with applicable work experience on your resume.     

In my free time I enjoy playing different sports such as tennis, volleyball, and spike ball. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing.

Pro-tip: Co-ops prepared me to be a better engineer by enhancing my work ethic. I developed a better work ethic throughout my terms, and then brought it to school when I returned.    

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