Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Emerson Climate Technologies, Summer 2011

Adam Blake,
majoring in Mechanical Engineering,
senior, 2 quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Emerson Climate Technologies.

Responsibilities during co-op:
  • Design and installation of tooling for various types of machines
  • Design of product parts with emphasis on low cost, easy manufacturability
  • Design of assemply line layouts to optimize production
  • Communicating with vendors to obtain quotes for equipment costs
  • Qualification studies on new parts not yet in production
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

Although I greatly enhanced my engineering skills that I have obtained from classwork, I still believe that the most beneficial part of my co-op experience is communicating with others effectively and critically, along with working as part of a team and networking with different departments to get feedback and constructive criticism on aspects of design.

Amgen Scholar at Salk Institute, Summer 2011

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Aaron Shank,
majoring in Biomedical Engineering,
senior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at The Salk Institute via UC Sand Diego Amgen Scholars Program.

Responsibilities during co-op:

Validation of functional pluripotency of reprogrammed human fibroblasts using immunocytochemical fluorescent staining methods and engineering a human inducced pluripotent stem cell-based model of Parkinson's disease.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

Obtained hands-on research experience using non-controversial human stem cells; clairty increased for future career plans; established enduring professional relationships with top researchers in the field; increased preparation for graduate studies.

Biomedical Intern at Tec^Edge, Summer 2011

David Brendel,
majoring in Biomedical Engineer,
junior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Tec^Edge Discovery Lab.

Responsibilities during co-op:
  • Literature Review
  • Development of
    • Project goals and concepts
    • Presentation material
    • Sample material
    • Virtual world demonstrations
    • Virtual learning center
    • Technical report
  • Analysis usingatomic force and scanning electron microscopes
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of participating in the Summer at the Edge (SATE) program was being able to experience research in such a way that most undergraduates would never had thought was possible. By looking into real practical problems, I was able to get a true sense of how people make an impact on a world. This realization not only will affect how I conduct my studies, but also how I will approach my life choices in the future. However, this is only the surface of what the SATE program has taught me this summer.

Computer Programming at Lexis Nexis, Summer 2011

Shumin Guo,
majoring in Computer Science,
graduate student, 2 quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Lexis Nexis.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was responsible for implementation of a research project related to text processing and natural language processing.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?
  1. I learned the Perl Programming Language and regular expressions.
  2. I got to know how research projects are prototyped and transformed into production.
  3. I learned the differences and gap between pure scientific research and applied research.

Electrical Engineering Design at AO Smith, Summer 2011

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Richard Lawrence,
majoring in Electrical Engineering,
senior, 4 quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at A.O. Smith.

Responsibilities during co-op:
  • Assisted with failure testing of motor drives
  • Performed component tests
  • Assisted in DynaLab and wind tunnel testing
  • Researched and experimented with RFID Development
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

This term I learned concepts of using RF (Radio Frequencies) to wirelessly program and communicate to motor electronics. I also had an opportunity to attend a wireless conference which gave me an insight of all the new and future technologies in the wireless engineering market.

Engineering Aide at Air Force Research Lab, Summer 2011

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Michael Nickels,
majoring in Industrial Systems Engineering,
junior, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Air Force Research Lab, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was to perform a failure analysis on a submitted radiator. I approached the part methodically and utilized many resources. Photographs of both in received and post cut conditions were taken. I extracted residues and samples of radiator for compositional chemical testing. Nondestructive inspection methods, such as fluorescent penetrant and stereo optics, verified the through-wall crack and growth pattern on surfface. The scanning electron microscope, along with electron dispersive spectroscopy, helped in material compositino and structural analysis. In order to utilize the SEM, I had to mount and polish the sectioned specimen. I am now in the process of composing an evaluation report based upon fractographic analysis of the radiator. I also aided in composing a database, with search-ability in mind, for hard copies of previous reports.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

I would like to emphasize that I have gained much experience this summer working as a co-op in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. It has been a joy working with the people around me as well as learning more about what kind of work is done around the labs. Working alongside professional engineers, while performing real world technical work, was the most valuable aspect of my co-op experience this summer.

Mechanical Engineering Research at SOCHE, Summer 2011

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Michelle Erford,
majoring in Mechanical Engineering,
senior , one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Air Force Research Lab-RX via SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I created samples to use in my research (cleaning substrateds and ion sputtering Ni or Fe onto the surface), heat treated the samples )rapid insertion heat furnace), and performed the nano-particle analysis (Atomic Force Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, and SPIP) in order to classify the results from the experiment and plan further experiments.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

I gained experience in research including but not limited to working both in a team and on my own, creating a research play, creating and following step-by-step procedures, and accurately recording all data. Furthermore, I learned how to use machines such as the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), Ion Sputter Deposition, and the Rapid Insertion Furance.

Mobile Application Developer at DS Bridge, Summer 2011

Nitin Kumar Ragila,
majoring in Computer Science,
graduate student, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at DS Bridge Corps.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was a part of a very encouraging and efficient team in my co-op employment. I was involved in writing JavaScript code for our project with my team.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of my co-op program was learning how to incorporate in a team and support my team to work as a team in the project. Also I got a lot of practical experience in coding JaveScript and a view of a professional atmosphere.

Research Intern at Tec^Edge, Summer 2011

Lucas Stork,
majoring in Biomedical Engineering,
sophomore, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Tec^Edge.

Responsibilities during co-op:
  • Lead a team of eight other students
  • Lead collaborations with other student researchers across the country
  • Programmed and designed an autonomous robot using experimental software
  • Programmed and designed an automatic data collection system for robot
  • Developed a real world environment to test the data collection and autonomy of the robot
  • Developed and programmed a virtual world environment to blueprint our ideas
  • Presented research to other teams from our company as well as leaders from government and industry
  • Met with researchers from NASA regularly and compared and discussed our goals
Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial part of my summer co-op is the leadership experience I gained. I began this program just like any other student, but I quickly learned programming and excelled at presenting our teams ideas so I was appointed a student leader.

System Safety Engineer at Air Force Research Lab, Summer 2011

Loc P. Nguyen,
majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering,
senior, 8 quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at Air Force Research Laboratory.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I am responsible for the preparations of ink formulations, preparations of substrate (pellets), characterization of particle size, zeta potential measurements, Conventional Ink Jet printing, Optomec Ink Jet pringting, and Ink viscosity measurement.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of participating in the co-op program is the hands on experience in the AF Research Lab environment. The co-op experience also provides me an opportunity for networking with other professionals in the field. This is an extremely important experience that I can carry on to my future employment and the rest of my career!

Web Development Engineer at NexSens Tech, Summer 2011

Dattatreya Adusumilli,
majoring in Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,
graduate student, 2 quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at NexSens Technology Inc.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was responsible for development and maintenance of the company's websites and manage the SEO strategies. A web based SaaS application I'm working on is in development.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

By working at NexSans as an intern I was able to improve my web development and programming skills. Guidance provided by my superiors was valuable and enriched my organizational and development skills.

Mechanical Engineering and Research at SOCHE, Summer 2010

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Ian Gibson,
majoring in Mechanical Engineering,
senior, three quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at SOCHE.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was responsible for writing a technical report for a portion of a research project I conducted. I was also responsible for making, machining, and testing panels for other research efforts. In addition, with the help of my colleagues, I have started to develop the process to conduct research for my own project.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of the co-op program for me is the work reinforcing what I learn in class. Theories and concepts that are taught to me through textbooks at the university come to life at my job. I can see why things work the way they do and the reasons behind the theories that I am learning.

Computer Science Research at IBM, Summer 2009

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Ajith Ranabahu,
majoring in Computer Science,
graduate student, two quarters in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at IBM.

Responsibilities during co-op:

The internship is in research related to cloud computing. IBM Research has a unique perspective on the upcoming new paradigm of computing, popularly known as cloud computing. I've been entrusted with the following responsibilities:

  1. Develop and complete an IBM cloud middleware platform. The exact nature of this platform cannot be disclosed at this point by IMB is likely to expose it to the public after internal use. On a very high level, the intention of this platform is to provide uniform management capabilities across different cloud vendors.
  2. Manage third party interactions at a technical level for the above mentioned cloud platform.
  3. Research and develop algorithms for dynamic scaling of web applications of cloud and a new language for application development targeted specifically toward the cloud platforms.

I was part of a four person team and we have been successful in making this software available to IBMers world wide as an experimental technology.

My exit talk, which was streamed live to all IBM locations also featured a live demo of this software. This talk was featured in the home page of IBM intranet and the recording is available in the IBM media archives. This extended publicity created great attention from many different technology groups within IBM. The success of this internship has promoted IBM to initiate a joint study program with Wright State University.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

This internship has been beneficial to me in many ways:

  1. Clarity of a solid thesis idea for my research.
  2. Opportunities to meet fellow researchers and network. This is generally important for a researcher since the best impact of scientific research comes through collaboration.
  3. Exposure to new technologies. The Bay Area, having a number of technology savvy communities has many seminars, forums, and conferences, which are often free or for a small attendance fee. IBM also organizes third party seminars in house to help researchers keep up with the current trends.

Software Development at NASA Ames Research Center, Winter 2009

Andrew Riddle,
majoring in Computer Science,
sophomore, one quarter in the co-op program at time of testimonial.
Employed at NASA Ames Research Center.

Responsibilities during co-op:

I was responsible for developing the user interface for a prototype diagnostic system which will showcase new automated fault detection software. The diagnostic software and my display will be demonstrated during the launch of the Ares 1-Xrocket which is scheduled for launch in July 2009.

Most beneficial aspect of being enrolled in the co-op program?

The most beneficial aspect of working on this project for me was working with a team of professional software engineers on developing a real world software application with a very strict timeline. Other experiences I thougth were beneficial to me from this program include learning how to model a real world system in my software, and having discussions with the ground launch engineers about what they are looking for in their diagnostic software displays. I not only got to learn about new techniques for software engineering but through my work I also have learned a lot about how rockets work. Specifically the thrust vector control system and its associated ground hydraulic systems.