Life in the Spring on Campus

Just got back from my 5th co-op at P&G and ready for class! I have lab 2 days a week and some other classes mixed in between, like Process Controls and Engineering Economy.

It is great to see my friends from class again.  To celebrate being back together again, we decided to get together and hang out.   We went out and had a lot of fun, not to mention I got to brush up on my corn-hole skills!

With it being an average of 60 to 70 degrees, it is hard not to be outside.  One of my favorite things to do is to have lunch on main street.  There is always music playing and people all around, playing frisbee and soccer!  There are so also many events in the spring-time, including Sigma Sigma Carnival, Relay For Life, and the Engineering Luau.   As a result, it is very easy to get involved; it makes the time fly!

In addition to being involved on campus, I am also participating in the Boston Marathon this weekend, and leaving today to go to Boston!   Last year I qualified in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.  For those that are interested they have 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon races the first week of May.  You can also run a relay with 4 people.  It is a great way to inspire some friends in your dorm room to get outside in this beautiful weather.  The block around main campus, I call “campus loop” is exactly 2 miles, and there always people running it as well.

It’s spring time!

More to come,



Traveling..for school?

I have always been impressed with the number of opportunities I have had in my undergraduate years. This year I plan to take advantage of some of the great travel opportunities. I’ll be traveling to 3 different locations this fall and I’m really excited to go! (I’ve already traveled to Vancouver CAN, Portland OR, and Kansas City MO with UC)

This is my freshman English Class working with Habitat for Humanity

My Freshman English Class with Habitat for Humanity

The first is a trip to Montreal, this is a 4-5 day trip that is tied into an Entrepreneurship class offered through the honors program. This class allows students at UC and in Montreal to work co-operatively on projects. The students will also visit our class later in the fall.

The second trip is to Rutgers for 4-5 days. This trip is paid for by the Engineering Honorary Organization, Tau Beta Pi. I am the President of our campus chapter (OH-Beta). I’m really looking forward to spending time with other students from accross the nation.

The third (and most exciting) trip is to El Salvador. I will be going to El Salvador with a group of UC students from a group called Serve Beyond Cincinnati (SBC). We will be building housing similar to Habitat for Humanity in the U.S.
Who knew I’d have the chance to go all of these places?

There are other classes and groups that are going to India, Germany, Mexico and Kenya. I have friends co-oping in Germany and Japan right now!

If you are into traveling the world, the International Co-op Program at UC is truly the way to go. Even if you don’t join the program, the honors program has so many classes with travel components and often travel grants to go along with them. I’d be a crime if  didn’t mention one of the greatest student organzations on campus, Engineers Without Borders. They do some really great work overseas as well.

Bon Voyage!


日本のインターン (Coop at Japan)

IMG_4339When I was applying for UC, 4 years ago, I read a brochure about the International Coop Program, and since then I knew I was down for it. The first year I registered with other 20 freshman in the German Program. I liked the idea of doing an internship for Airbus or the European Space Program, while backpacking around Europe during holidays. I even took German classes during summer of freshman year. After a couple of years, I got more interested in Asian cultures, and learning the astronomically difficult Japanese language became a challenge. I switched into the Japanese program right before the language classes began. There were about 10 students registered. The International Coop Program is very well structured at the University, so that it that doesn’t interfere with the curriculum. We had one class about “living abroad” during our second year, a six-week intensive language course during our third year, and at the begging of four year we started the job hunting, which is coordinated with the professional practice department at UC. Then, we had two weeks of intensive language in Japan before starting coop. The entire program is already well set. In my case I got my first choice, working for IHI in Tokyo, doing CFD for aircraft engines.

IMG_0923 I always thought that living in a different country, working together with its people and learning their language is the real way to understand and enjoy their culture. People are extremely polite and kind. Since I came, I haven’t seen a person fighting or scream to another. Everyone is very concern about the welfare of the society. If feels like they take care of each other. Recycling, not wasting food and saving electric energy is not only a general concern, but absolutely everyone practices it. Everyday I get more amazed about their personality. Working for a Japanese company is also another story. It’s more about harmony. Everyone in the company, starting from the president, wears the same uniform, eats the same lunch, does the same exercise routine in the morning. It really feels like belonging to a family more than a company. Every week they keep inviting me to go out to an Izacaya, Japanese bar/restaurant, go out fishing, or any other activity that would bring me more together with my working team.

DSC_0043 I just had a one week holiday. My brother came to visit and we went to Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. Most of the Shinto and Buddhist temples are located in these areas. The landscapes and the cities are breath taken. Kyoto is the only place where the traditional Geishas live. We met with other there friends from UC. Kira, one of our Engineering Ambassadors, is working in Kyoto, home of Nintendo. It was a great trip and managed to make it affordable. Really I’ve only mentioned a few of the amazing things I lived in this country. The food, the language, the rituals, you have to live it to entirely understand its magic. If you want to learn more about the International Coop Program you can visit the website: http://www.uc.edu/propractice/icp/


Relay for Life!

This weekend was Relay for Life at UC. The event is really incredible and is considered by many to be the biggest party of the year. We raised over $135,000 for the American Cancer Society which makes us one of the top college funraisers in the country. I was a team captain and we have raised just about $2500 making us a nationally recognized Silver Team (once matching gifts are processed). I am really proud of the work that the students put in to make this event so successful. It is really meaningful that the busiest students of the university (engineers) can make time for such a good cause! (image courtesy of the event webpage relayforlife.org/ucincinnati )

Relay for Life at UC

Relay for Life at UC


Where things stand

Well we’re about 4 weeks into Spring quarter and it’s starting to look and feel like spring. With the nice days we’re starting to get it almost makes you want to quit working and hang out all day. This time will come for me, but for now its all about getting stuff done. Saturday was the main target point of the quarter. Yesterday many of my engineering friends and I took the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Sounds like fun huh? What’s better than two-four hour test sessions on a nice sunny Saturday. And the best part, it was all on engineering. Nothing like a test on everything you’ve learned in the past 5 years of engineering school. The test wasn’t bad nor was it good, kind of a happy medium. Coming out I feel good that I was able to do many of the problems. I/we will find out in about 6-7 weeks how we did. With a passing score I’m another step closer to becoming a professional engineer in the future.
Since the test is over that means I can get back to all my projects and other work I’ve been pushing off till after this weekend. I guess a good part is that its all mostly group projects, so I can plan things out and get it done and have some fun. Aside from the class work I’m still actively searching for a job. Its been a bit tough as no one has contacted me back, but you’ve got to keep an open mind about things and look for alternatives. Well, back to work.


Co-op co-op co-op co-op…

As I get ready for my last tests for this quarter(3 on the same day… aargh….) one thought that cheers me up is the thought of not having any more tests or classes for the next 6 months. Looking for a co-op during recession requires a bit more work than normal… but finally getting a position seems a like a really big deal.


Experience at Coop

During my first week of coop I realized the big difference in experience and knowledge I had compared to regular workers. Quiet honest, it was frustrating. I thought I would be the one responsible of photocopying, scanning or printing stuff (since I was clueless on the software being used or what was going on in general). But today, in my last day at Gulfstream Aerospace and after 4 coop rotations, I feel proud of how much I was able to contribute to the development of the aircrafts and the amount of experience I acquired during this period.

Since the beginning I was introduced to the secret project (when the G650 was not announced yet) and trained about corporate system and other programs and applications. By the end of my rotations I had helped analyzing and generating aerodynamic data, designing features of the cockpit and even developing software for the flight simulator of the aircraft, far from what I had expected at the beginning. I still have a long way to go before I have the experience to take greater decisions for the company, but the coop program has certainly been a great way to begin. Then, when I was invited to events like the recognition of the G650 development team, I realized what my real roll as coop was and how important my contribution was.


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