Over the course of my second year at Ohio State, I was admitted into one of the most rigorous and competitive programs at OSU, Mechanical Engineering. Many of the highlights of the academic school year came from the satisfaction of successfully completing my academic projects to a very high level.
The most notable project was the Mechanical Engineering Design Arduino Prototype: LCD Display Car Backup Sensor System, in which I used electromechanical techniques to design and build complex circuitry and further create a SolidWorks assembly. I programmed Arduino code to have the components run together, intercommunicate to store, relay and send data.
The second project was to manufacturing and machining a compressed air motor component in ME 2900 introduction to design in ME. Although I began this project while school was in session, the lab was cut short due to the pandemic. I have been given the opportunity to complete it when we return to class in the fall, which I intend to do. I have worked with putting together to manufacture an assembly of a cylinder block, piston and mounting plate with precision to 0.001 inch. This project was fascinating since I was able to gain hands-on machine shop experience and follow industry standard safety protocol with precision measuring tools.
Lastly was the Finite Element Method (FEM) Project where I explored isotropic linear elastic stress concentration in a notched surface to study the effects of various loadings. I was able to study integrated stress and strain analysis quantitatively through experimental, analytical and numerical procedures (utilizing SolidWorks).
These projects all came together to strengthen my academic growth in engineering and provided an exciting insight into the opportunities Mechanical Engineering has for me in the future.
An aspect of the GOALS criteria for the honors and scholars center I have recently expanded upon has been the Leadership Development portion with my recent application to be the co-president of the OSU Club Gymnastics team. This allowed for a strong reflection of bringing together some of the most notable aspects of my past leadership experience and how it has translated into an intense desire to take initiative moving forward, pushing myself into future opportunities.
I have the incredibly strong portfolio of expertise that is required to lead our club gymnastics team. In a multidimensional fashion, I combine my countless experiences leadership positions in order to complete the objectives required of me and surpass expectations. I am proud to say that I continuously demonstrate leadership qualities, emphasize meaningful teamwork and promote commitment and grit. Academically, socially, and in the gym, I strive to be self-motivated to overcome challenges when necessary, and at the same time, excel when working with others. This stems from my desire to be inclusive to all, and not be afraid to ask for help or gather input from others.
Foundational principles to operating a successful club are to be responsible, consistent and clear. All of these are qualities of mine that are illuminated by my ability to be personable with anyone, and make sure everyone has a voice and feels comfortable. In and out of the gym, I have learned the importance of balancing both team and individual objectives. To illustrate this, I stepped into a leadership role when asked by our gym director to expand my depth and apply my knowledge of gymnastics as a coach for our younger gymnasts. I have always focused on being a role model to those I train with and coach.
On another note, as co-president of the Souhegan High School Ethics Forum, I coordinated our student-led leadership organization which was devoted to contributing to our local community through authentic learning. I organized and oversaw the annual Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts “HYPE” conference with 1000+ students from all over the region.
Over the last several years with the club, I am grateful to have been a first-hand witness to the life changing experiences that we all get to be a part of together on this team. I believe I can elevate the club to a level that no one has ever seen, bring people together from all over the country, and make such a large community of buckeyes feel like close family on club gym; to do it For the Love of the Sport.
I am pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University based on its wide scope of engineering applications and the focus that engineering has in developing a strong, grit-filled mindset of problem solving. From reading the newspaper sports page on the drive to elementary school, infusing my mind with numbers and stats, to excelling in classes that are goal-oriented and academically challenging, I want to expand the depth of my understanding of how things work. Reinforcing this motivation, I have seen my close friend’s parents, both with mechanical engineering degrees, succeed in the workforce in the field of engineering. This was inspiring to see how mechanical engineering advanced their success in future opportunities.
I envision myself working in an engineering technical field, applying my skillset in a position supporting the ever-growing market of new technology. I have found a recent interest in the automotive industry and am eager to further strengthen my passion and related skills as a Humanitarian Engineering Scholar to compliment my future endeavors. After completing several academic projects, including an Arduino prototype, a FEM analysis, and partaking in a precision machining lab, I have thoroughly enjoyed my latest academic engineering applications, and have an amplified ambition to pursue this kind of learning in the engineering industry.
The two foundational elements of my childhood came together in conjunction in the search for the right university. One of the aspects was rooted in the 10,000 hours that I had committed to gymnastics through the first 18 years of my life. I knew I must continue this adventure into and through college and Ohio State had the perfect fit for me with the Club Gymnastics Team. Using this as a platform for my future goals, I continued to utilize Club Gymnastics as a means to further my gymnastics goals to push my body to its absolute limit and achieve incredible physical feats.
The other element to my commitment to excellence was training my mind in challenging concepts of interest in the field of engineering. Athletics combined with engineering is a rare, yet impressive portfolio of accomplishments which continues to motivate my endeavors in the School of Engineering at Ohio State. With unlimited resources academically for success, this distinguished resume pursuit between engineering and gymnastics paved the ideal path for me to follow my dreams at Ohio State, and so far, I have only been able to flourish.
Spring semester of 2019, the most notable of my experiences was with the club gymnastics at Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL. Known as the most important competition in the NAIGC, nationals brings together the best of Club Gymnastics to meet and demonstrate each and everyone’s skills in an competition where individuals compete for their own titles as well as each individual score combining with the other to create a team competition at the same time. After a rough start on the pommel horse it knocked me out of contention for all around finals, despite completing the rest of the competition day 1 flawlessly. This transitioned my focus of day 2 into being for team 100%. After contributing on 5 of the 6 events in perfect style, it lead the Ohio State Mens Gymnastics Club Team to a National Championship in the community division. This was a meaningful reminder that even if not everything worked out individually, there was the team aspect that brought our team to form unbreakable bonds and win championships. I will continue my pursuit to gymnastics perfection at the next National competition, using my immeasurable experiences from last year to put my best performance forward in the individual and team competitions. Contributing as an effective and meaningful teammate has been one of the most prideful accomplishments to have focused on at my time at OSU.