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Graduate School Abroad: An Alum's Perspective

Today’s blog features Prashanth Peketi, a 2015 B.S. Materials Science and Engineering Ohio State graduate. After graduation, Prashanth pursued a M.S. degree abroad at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Tell us about your most recent position.

I recently accepted a position as an Innovation Assistant Manager with the adidas Group in Portland, Oregon. This role will be within the Basketball Innovation team, and I will be working with athletes, designers, sports scientists, and engineers to help develop the best basketball footwear and apparel in the business.

What core skills or qualities do you think employers find most useful?

In my experience, flexibility and dependability have been two of the most important characteristics. Flexibility, especially in regards to people early in their careers, is key to showing employers that you can roll with the punches. This includes taking new challenges as they come up, sometimes even before your manager assigns projects to … 

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My Cool Co-op with NASA: A Student's Perspective

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Each year, ECS hosts our Cool Co-op Contest, and a winner is chosen in each of the following categories: Perk, People, and Projects. Riley Daulton, our Project winner, is the guest blogger this week. Below she talks about her incredible experiences at NASA.

I have had the pleasure interning three times with NASA! My first two internships were at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, FL (Spring and Summer of 2016). My third internship was at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. While working at NASA’s space centers, I contributed to the coolest projects out there!

At KSC, I was involved in design and testing of an instrument that would go to Mars or an asteroid and characterize the organic compounds on the surface. I was responsible for conceptual designs of different components of the instruments such as a pressure vessel and a fluid pump. I also worked in … 

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Spotlight on The J.M. Smucker Company: Winner of the 2017 ECS Employer of the Year Award

Photo of the 2017 award recipients, J.M. Smucker Company, and student nominator.Left to right: Alison Walasinski, Student Intern/ Nominator; Rachel Pond, University Relations Manager; Emma Rohe, University Relations Coordinator; Chris Mickowski, Engineer; and Amy Thaci, Director of Engineering Career Services

So many amazing companies come through our office every day. Four years ago, ECS decided to formally recognize those employers who were providing our students with outstanding and unique experiences with our first ever “Employer of the Year Award.” That year, we chose our winners. But something was missing. We felt that students themselves should have a hand in determining the cream of the crop when it comes to top intern and co-op experiences. Thus, the award became a student-nominated honor.

We now ask students to nominate their current (or previous) employer for this award. Once we receive all of the nominations, we review them and look at each company’s activity with recruiting and hiring our students over the past 12 months … 

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My Internship at Tesla: A Student's Perspective

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Sanchi Arora, a December 2016 Industrial Systems Engineering graduate, shares her experience as an Intern with Tesla. After graduation, Sanchi accepted a full time position with Accenture.

Tell us about your Production Control Analytics Intern role at Tesla:

Once I started working, I soon learned that my role would change from day to day. I mainly focused on improving the line side sequencing and car customization processes.

During my internship, I expressed my keen interest in analytics and using big data to draw insights. Because I spoke up, my team offered to give me work that complimented my interests resulting in live Tableau dashboards that traced inventory around the factory, addressing part shortages, and triggering safety stock replenishments. 

My time at Tesla was an extremely unique experience as the structure of the company is flat and everyone works together to achieve the company goal. I was able to communicate with … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Md Fahad

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Md Fahad is a 2017 BS Mechanical Engineering student. His most recent internship was at Meritor Automotive.  
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Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  

In summer 2016, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Meritor Automotive in Asheville, North Carolina. Meritor is a Fortune 500 company which manufactures gears, axles and brake components for Volvo, Diamler. My main responsibility was to solve the gear noise issue using the six sigma process and to collaborate with gearing, CNC engineers, and materials engineers on this project. I also designed fixtures for the CMM machine using AutoCAD.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 

Engineering Career Services (ECS) helped me a lot throughout my internship search. The ECS advisors reviewed my resume several times and provided constructive feedback … 

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