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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:


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.


Exam Week

It’s every students favorite time of the quarter – FINALS! Ok so that may be a bit of an exaggeration.

Finals can be tough. Any college student can tell you at least one horror story of an exam the were sure to ace. He had studied; he had paid attention in class all quarter. But it wasn’t enough. He got to the final and he blanked. Maybe the problems were totally different than what he was expecting. Then again, maybe tests freak him out and he panicked. No matter the reason, the outcome is shear disappointment (in himself).

The point of the story is that life goes on. As engineers, we are programmed to work hard and do well. But this doesn’t mean we are above the occasional complete failure. Mine was Tuesday and I won’t lie, it didn’t make me optimistic to continue my week full of tests and projects. It happens to the best of us. I’m not going to quit though. I love my classes (from the topics, to the work, to the professors). I love that this time next year I will be able to call myself a real engineer. I love that it’s tough. It keep me on my toes.

So study hard! (and good luck, because a little bit of luck never hurts)


Why I Love UC

Hello all,

My name is Shari and I am a 4th year Aerospace Engineer who is patiently counting down the days till co-op. I have one of the most fun and tough co-op jobs there are. I work at Comair Airlines out of CVG (Cincinnati’s airport). I write repairs for the mechanics to complete on the aircraft. In the summer and winter you can often find me somewhere on the tarmac waiting for aircrafts to land to get them back in the air before anyone takes a delay. I absolutely love it and UC lets me do it.

The next reason I love UC is the atmosphere. When I walk around campus there is always something going on and things to do. (You can usually find free food too : ) ) But even better than that are the people. Some of the coolest people I know are really nothing like me, but we all have a genuine love of UC to share. Even the professors that I have speak to me outside of class about everything. When they talk to me outside of class, I always want to go study for their course. It really helps build the relationship you have with them and it makes it easier to go ask for help when it is needed.

The next reason and probably my favorite is UC athletics. I will do whatever it takes to make sure I get to as many Bearcat games that I can. Football and basketball are my favorites. The atmosphere at the games is amazing. Bearcat fans are some of the best. The noise level in Nippert Stadium can be heard from the opposite side of campus when we are playing. It is such a rush to really be there. When you come to UC, the first Saturday they play at home, you have to be there. You can find me in the front row, right behind the goal post.

I am Shari and I’m signing off.



The Things Engineering Students Live For (Well, For Me At Least)

So what would might be one of the best ways to get out of an all work an no play quarter of engineering?

Have some fun work to participate in of course!!

Aside from being involved in Engineering Ambassadors I have a real passion for space exploration. One way I get to fulfill some of that passion is by working on a high altitude experiment balloon with a team of engineering students. It’s fun, gives me hands on experience and shows prospective employers I can work in teams; an all critical aspect in nearly any career pursuit in today’s work environment. Finding a student organization or a few that you are dedicated to working with builds amazing friendships and always seems to result in fun times no matter what the activity may be. Participating and building relationships with some of the upperclassmen and even graduate students on the team has helped to pull me through tough times in the classroom.

Until next time I leave you with a few photos of our good times!!

Photo from

~10,000 ft Launch Prep. with balloon filled Photo Just before burst ~72,000 ft

Photo From Balloon at ~10,000 ft altitudePre-launch operations will full balloon as well as the attached control and payload boxes. Photo from ICARUS Balloon At ~72,000ft Altitude


Summer Co-op

It is midterm week here at UC which only serves as a reminder of how much I wish I was on co-op. Sure school is fun. I enjoy broadening my horizon and collecting information. However, nothing can compete with the utter bliss of being on co-op. Now maybe co-op is so exciting for me because of the place I work (NASA Johnson Space Center), or maybe its the awesome opportunities I have to meet people who have influenced the history of NASA (thanks to the co-op Lecture series), or maybe it’s the sheer pride I feel working on a team of actual engineers and being treated like an equal. I can’t decide (admit it, they are all pretty good reasons). But I can tell you that working on the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) of the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) space suit this summer is gonna be one for the books.

I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to help analyze and possibly redesign a few of the components used to keep astronauts alive and safe during space walks. I will be running tests, collecting data, and offering input on the design. This opportunity to work with other NASA engineers as a peer is going to be great.

Now that I’m cheered up by the thought of co-op, I can return to the harsh reality of life and get back to homework. Countdown to co-op: T – 7 weeks!


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