In October 2020, I traveled to Pittsburgh to meet up with a friend over fall break. Although this was not an explicitly educational experience, I observed a lot about cities, how they work, and how they impact our personal lives. I witnessed firsthand the ways in which urban settings can nurture relationships and provide accessible, unique opportunities. This experience is worthy of inclusion in my portfolio because it inspired growth, connection to the world, and a desire to learn more. It sparked my interest in the psychological aspect of urban studies: How does the city make us happy? I also observed the positive impact of free public transportation in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, reaffirming my belief that everyone deserves the freedom of movement, both for work and leisure. I learned the importance of a convivial environment in sharing positive experiences with others; the relationships we forge with others are heavily impacted by our surroundings. A peaceful park bench, a happily bustling coffee shop, and the commotion of an outdoor market are all backdrops for the connections that are vital to human well-being. And there is no place like a city to provides all of these experiences within a walkable sector.
This is the robot my group and I designed, constructed, and operated for our honors fundamentals of engineering program in spring of 2020 at Ohio State University. The objective of the course was to use our robot to complete various “tasks” on a themed course in contest with other peer groups. Our group used CAD to design the robot and shop tools to construct it in Bolz Hall. The robot was tested and our progress documented in Hitchcock Hall. Due to COVID-19, the robot competition was canceled.
I chose this artifact because it is a representation of my first engineering team-based project. As someone who did not participate in robotics in high school or have any CAD experience, I had to locate the strengths I could offer to the team and make an extra effort to be able to work with my more experienced teammates. Throughout this course, I developed a better understanding of my learning and communication styles. I also gained important skills, including writing project documentation, implementing testing processes, and understanding CAD drawings. I learned the importance of asking questions and receiving clarification. I became more comfortable with sharing my ideas and voicing my opinions. I learned the dynamics of teamwork and the challenge that working with others can present.
My name is Mia Saurette, and I am an incoming junior in the honors program from Westlake, OH. I am pursuing a civil engineering degree with a city and regional planning minor. After graduation, I hope to work abroad in industry and become a licensed engineer before returning to school to earn a masters in urban studies and a law degree through a joint program at a public institution. I am interested in transportation engineering and hope to design, build, and protect sustainable, accessible, and resilient communities. My primary career goal is to comprehend the multifaceted essence of a city, the concrete (literally) and the abstract, ranging from planning and construction to the ways in which people interact with and derive happiness from the city.