What Made me Choose Engineering
I chose to participate in a two-year biotechnology course run through Cincinnati State. course A majority of my senior year of high school was spent working on my biotech capstone. The project was Nanotransfection in Saccharomyces cerevisiae which focused on drug delivery in a cancerous cell. The yeast served as the “tumor cell” and the solid lipid nanoparticles were the drug carriers of the “drug”, which was a plasmid for a green fluorescent protein. Once the plamid was conjugated to the nanoparticles, the uptake of the drug carrier was able to be visualized by the green fluorescence from the yeast, showing that the “drug” had entered the system. I have always loved science and knew I wanted to pursue a STEM degree. This capstone solidified my choice of biomedical engineering! Since then, I’ve changed my major to chemical engineering.
A Biological Science Scholars event that I have taken part in since the beginning of the year is the study sessions that happen each month. These events allow me to study with friends and get a different viewpoint of the topics we study in class. I have been able to meet new friends in my dorm and other students that are in BioSci. The last one I went to was on October 15th, 2018, which allowed me to study for my chemistry midterm that happened the next day.
I enrolled in the first class of FABE 3200S where we implemented engineering projects at the Charles Nabrit Memorial Garden here in Franklin County. The relationship between the leaders of the garden and our class was developed over time through a shared passion of agriculture and helping those that need it most nearby. The garden is located in a low-income community that does not have easy access to healthy and affordable food. The USDA has stated that the area is “low income, low access” because a third of the residents there are low income and 13.2% of the residents in the area do not have access to a car. The nearest grocery stores to the area are the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s at Easton. Because these stores are not affordable to the residents, food access is a crucial issue.
In addition to the development of curriculum plans for students in the Columbus area, our service-learning class focused on the development and assembly of a FarmBot and installation of a solar generator at the garden to utilize for summer day camps for children aged four to fourteen years old. To provide continuous engagement to students visiting the garden, exposure to robotics and open-source technology gives them early-on exposure to STEM topics and may spark interest for them to pursue a career in it in the future. The marriage of technology and agriculture is a new way to get students thinking about nutrition as well as the capabilities of technology to be used in the future with what they eat.
This experience is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. To say this was my favorite class I’ve taken at OSU is an understatement. We learned about community engagement frameworks, regenerative and resilient design principles, context and operations of urban farms, and renewable energy design. The hands-on engineering experience in this class is what made me positive I was in the right major and sparked my passion for humanitarian engineering.
Last Day at Ethicon
This past Spring I co-oped at Ethicon Inc. My role was a Labeling Process Analyst Co-op. Within my department, I expedited internal processes through website design for the Repack-Relabel SharePoint sites for both Ethicon and DePuy Synthes. In addition to the work I did for my department, I was able to help around the building from design verification testing to cost-savings efforts. This gave me great exposure to our medical devices as well as strengthened my SolidWorks skills through fixture design. My favorite part of my co-op was the people. The culture of Johnson & Johnson is shaped by our credo and guides the company’s decisions. I met new friends through this co-op program and gained great mentorship from many individuals throughout the company. I learned to balance my time in a professional setting as I was working with multiple departments on different projects and learned the importance of networking and growing one’s support network. I gained leadership opportunities through classes I scheduled for fellow co-ops as well as opportunities within the company that I volunteered for. A skill that I didn’t expect to learn was remote communication – after the transition to remote work in March, there was a big shift in the projects I was able to work on. Communicating this with my manager and the teams I helped was of great importance to still get meaningful work and experience. I loved my time here and hope to return for another co-op at Johnson & Johnson in the future.