Staff Profiles

Amy Thaci 

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Director, Engineering Career Services

I provide overall leadership and direction for ECS, including employer relations/recruiting functions, and all career development and job search services for Engineering undergraduates and graduate students pursuing cooperative education, internships and career employment.  My experience in the career services field spans over 20 years. I started my career at Temple University in Philadelphia and I have been at Ohio State since 1995 in various career services offices. I became the Director of ECS in 2011 and my team and I look forward to working with you!


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Rachel Kaschner

Assistant Director

My focus is primarily on students who are seeking full-time employment and graduate students, though I advise internship and co-op candidates as well.  I can provide you with valuable career related advice, including, but not limited to: resume consultations, job search strategies, interviewing preparation, career exploration, job offer evaluation, and salary negotiation. I also manage the Job Shadow Program and develop educational opportunities and materials for engineering students. My background includes a Masters of Education from The Ohio State University and previous co-op and career counseling experience at The University of Texas at Austin’s Engineering Career Assistance Center.

Amy Franklin

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Employer Services Manager

I assist employers with their recruiting needs, including:  monitoring/approving new employers, evaluating opportunities, online job postings, customized resume referrals, and recruiting strategy consultations. I manage the SWE Career Fair and the Engineering Expo. I also work closely with several engineering student organizations.


Katy Arenschield

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Co-op & Internship Program Manager

I provide individual job search advice and training to students.  I meet primarily with students who are pursuing internships or co-ops, though I advise students seeking full-time employment as well.  I also provide recruiting consultations with employers who are interested in hiring intern or co-op candidates.  I will be happy to provide information on how our Engineering Co-op & Internship Program works for both students and employers. My background includes a Masters of Education from Georgia State University and previous career counseling experience at Wake Forest University in the Graduate School of Business.


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Ashley Strong

Career Counselor

I assist students with job search strategies through career counseling. While providing advice on document writing, interview preparation, and professionalism, I guide students through the tools available at ECS for a successful co-op/ internship and career post-graduation. As a member of the Student Services team, I also conduct presentations in the classroom and host career development workshops. My background includes a Master's degree in Education from The University of Akron with previous career services, international studies, and diversity & inclusion experience.


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Amber Herron

Career Counselor

I provide assistance with job search strategies through individual and group career counseling.  These areas can include interview preparation, job offer evaluation, and resume writing for students seeking general career advice, a co-op/internship, or a career after graduation. In addition, I provide support for students in the job shadow program and adhere to the latest employment trends for international engineering students. My background includes a Masters of Education from Ohio University and experience working with first-year students by assisting them in career exploration and course selection.

Caitlin Mashhadian

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Recruiting and Events Coordinator

I serve as the Recruiting and Events Coordinator for ECS. I coordinate the extensive College of Engineering on-campus interviewing program, including planning, scheduling, implementing, and follow-up. I ensure the quality of the recruiting experience for recruiters and students, as well as help coordinate employer-related special events such as career fairs and information sessions. I have my BA in Communication from The Ohio State University and served as an Event Coordinator before joining ECS.

Effie Patitsas

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Office Administrative Associate

I assist students in their transitions from campus to work. Contact me if you would like to be enrolled in Engineering 4191, the official engineering co-op/intern course. You may also contact me if you need a letter of good standing for a prospective employer, need to inactivate a dorm contract while on a co-op or intern assignment, or need verification of your full-time status to purchase athletic tickets or health insurance. I help employers connect with engineering students eager for field-related work experience. I compile Engineering Co-op & Internship Program statistics, help maintain our student and employer databases, and help keep our website updated.  I have a degree in journalism from Ohio State and worked as a reporter before joining ECS.


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Laura Pizoli

Resource Planning Analyst 

I compile reports and statistics through both the management of our data collection and coordination with other university offices. I also help to answer questions and resolve problems with our online recruiting software, as well as troubleshoot procedural and technical issues. I have a degree in education, with specializations in mathematics and art, and taught STEM curriculum to middle and high school students for ~15 years.

Corinna Sievert

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Information Associate

I serve as a point of contact for ECS providing customer service to students and employers by ensuring helpfulness, accuracy, and efficiency. I coordinate student registrations and manage our amazing student assistants. I conduct follow-up surveys, produce reports and provide data management and administrative support for ECS. I have a degree in Mathematics/Actuarial Sciences.  Prior to joining ECS, I worked with elementary students as an educational aide and have extensive customer service experience working in the insurance industry.