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Career Transitions as a Woman Engineer

Today’s blog is written by Renee Desing, current PhD Candidate in Engineering Education with a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of roles and industries and experienced many career transitions. These transitions include changing roles within a company, switching companies, and returning to graduate school. However, the toughest transition for me was my first transition from college to the workplace. Even though I attended a university that was 28% women, it was not until after I graduated that I realized what it really meant to be a woman in engineering. I found that while my undergraduate degree prepared me for the engineering responsibilities of my role, I was unprepared to deal with gender-based challenges. I have experienced discrimination and harassment because I was a woman engineer. While I worked hard on my job, there were times when I was … 

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Buckeyes in the Bay Area: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Ohio State College of Engineering students and staff standing outside a Google building in the sunshine.

This week’s blog is written by Jeff Morhous, current Computer Science and Engineering student (2021) who participated in the 2019 Buckeye Trek in the Bay Area.

Growing up, computers always fascinated me. Once I decided that I would be making a career out of my passion for building software, I immediately learned as much as I could about the world’s most influential technology companies. Because of this, it’s no surprise that in my head ‘Silicon Valley’ grew notorious for its association with computers and innovation. 

I applied to the Buckeye Trek because of my genuine fascination with the Bay Area. So when I got an email letting me know that I was going to be spending fall break exploring the area and its culture firsthand, my tremendous excitement was met with nervous anticipation. 

Buckeye Trek was a unique opportunity to finally explore Silicon Valley, all while meeting wonderfully friendly people … 

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2019 Employer of the Year: LyondellBasell

Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.

“The co-op term was my highest point in my life so far.”

Wow. Let that sink in for a second. This quote came from an OSU engineering student who co-oped at LyondellBasell last year. While internships and co-ops are often referred to as “impactful”, “a great learning experience” or even “career changing”, it’s rare you hear someone say it was the highest point in their life. It was based on this statement and other testimonials that LyondellBasell was named the ECS 2019 Employer of the Year. Read below to learn what made this company stand out in the words of the three students who nominated them for the award.  

How did this experience help your personal and professional growth?

I was able to interact with like-minded individuals that were recruited by a fantastic University Recruiting … 

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Consulting: An Alum's Perspective

Photo of Pranav ChaudharyPranav Chaudhary, B.S. Industrial Systems and Engineering, May 2018

This week’s blog features Pranav Chaudhary, an Associate with PwC. Pranav graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Systems and Engineering in May 2018.

What does a typical day look like for you as an Associate with PwC?
In a typical day, one of my most significant responsibilities is closing out the user story (as per the Agile PM methodology a user story is a piecemeal of the more substantial client deliverable) for that day. My team meets first thing in the morning for goal setting and status updates. In this meeting we discuss what we've done so far, what are the blockers and what is the plan for the day ahead. We meet at 8:30 am with the offshore team and 10:00 am with the onsite team, which includes the client. Sometimes, I have meetings with … 

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Ever wish you could go back in time and do things over again? We may not be able to do that, but we've got two graduating seniors offering advice about what they would do differently in their career searches.

Liz Neudeck, B.S. Environmental Engineering ‘19

  1. I wish I would have known how important connections are! The majority of people get jobs and internships not from applying as faceless resume online, but from knowing someone or reaching out to someone at the company. Even if it feels nerve-wracking or weird, if there's a job you really want, you have to [visit or reach out to] someone at the company until they recognize you.
  2. Internships are just as important for knowing what you don't want as much as knowing what you do want. Cast your net far and wide, and don't be afraid to take your chances with positions not 100% up your … 
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