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More than 60,000 Ohio State engineering and architecture alumni live, work, and volunteer in communities around the world. Buckeye engineers are everywhere!

Tackling STEM advocacy head on

William White’s ('92) football career was the stuff of dreams—four years as a starting Buckeyes’ cornerback, followed by 11 seasons playing in the NFL. Yet, the accomplishment he values most is becoming an engineer.

And as he tells kids and future football hopefuls alike, anyone willing to work hard enough can follow in his footsteps and have a successful career—in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine). 

Today, White spreads his passion for STEM as midwest region vice president for Project Lead The Way. The non-profit aims to engage K-12 students and teachers in STEM by providing hands-on, project and problem-based curricula for students and training for teachers. Read more...

Engineering opportunity

Leading a private liberal arts college might not seem like the perfect fit for an industrial engineer, but the engineering education she gained at The Ohio State University helped alumna Colette Pierce Burnette feel well-prepared for the role.

“The industrial systems engineering curriculum was about linking manufacturing processes with people, and how to increase production and decrease costs,” she said. “And that’s what college presidents do, increase production and decrease costs.”

Pierce Burnette became the sixth president and chief executive officer of Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black institution in Austin, Texas, last July. She’s the first female president of the merged institution and only the second female leader in the university's 140-year history.

Now she hopes her story—of an inner city child who became an engineer and a college president—will inspire Huston-Tillotson students to find their own passion and purpose. Read more...

Succeeding in uncharted waters 

Sampriti BhattacharyyaSampriti Bhattacharyya with one of her innovative underwater drone prototypes. [photo: Hydroswarm]At just 28 years old, alumna and current MIT PhD student Sampriti Bhattacharyya launched startup Hydroswarm in the Boston area.

Hydroswarm is commercializing the football-sized autonomous underwater drones Bhattacharyya helped develop. These egg-shaped robots are capable of working alone or in tandem to map the ocean floor, inspect underwater nuclear reactors, search for lost planes and complete virtually any other underwater surveillance task. The startup won $50,000 in last year’s MassChallenge and has captured worldwide attention with its innovative, relatively inexpensive robot design.

Soon thereafter, she was named to Forbes 30 under 30 Class of 2016 for Manufacturing/Industry, an honor that recognizes bright, young change agents. And in her spare time, she co-founded an international non-profit. Read more...

Engineering a safer nation

From conducting the first satellite television transmission in the 1960s to more recent advances in airborne collision avoidance systems and space surveillance, MIT Lincoln Laboratory has remained on the forefront of developing technology for national security for the past 64 years. Buckeye engineer Eric Evans has been at the helm of the historic research laboratory since 2006, guiding its strategic direction as well as the overall technical and administrative operations.

A three-time electrical engineering alumnus (’83, ’85 MS, ’88 PhD), Evans’ radar work has received wide acclaim. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 for his efforts in the “development of remote sensing systems, improvised explosive device (IED) detection and ship antimissile defense.” He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the IEEE, and he received IEEE's Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society M. Barry Carlton Award in 1994 for a paper on advanced radar signal processing. Read more... 

Succeeding with stem cells

Kristin ComellaAs Bioheart's chief scientific officer, alumna Kristin Comella oversees the company’s R&D activities and works to develop new treatment techniques using its cellular products. Stem cell therapies can change lives. Just ask chemical engineering alumna Kristin Comella, who works with physicians and other scientists to redefine what’s possible in the field of regenerative medicine.

As chief scientific officer at Bioheart—a publically traded company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of autologous cell therapies for the treatment of degenerative diseases—Comella oversees the company’s R&D activities. She also works to develop new treatment techniques using Bioheart’s cellular products. 

The experience she gained as an Ohio State grad student helped put her on the path to career success. Comella said, “It was a very challenging program and it taught me to think outside of the norm, which helped me achieve success.” Read more...
 

Ernest Levert: Dreams at work

Welding engineering alum Ernest Levert receive the 2015 BEYA Career Achievement Award from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards at the 2015 BEYA Awards Gala.Welding engineering alum Ernest Levert receive the 2015 BEYA Career Achievement Award from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Executive Vice President Rick Edwards at the 2015 BEYA Awards Gala.Once called a foolish dreamer by his junior high school classmates, Ernest Levert has proven that with determination and talent, dreams do come true. 

Even as a child, Levert wanted to make an impact on the world. During his 28-year career at Lockheed Martin, the welding engineering alumnus (’82) has done just that, pioneering new welding innovations that impacted programs ranging from the ground to the seas, and even to outer space.

Today, he is a Lockheed Martin Fellow—an elite group representing less than 1 percent of the company’s technical workforce—at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas. His work focuses on applying his welding engineering expertise to solve technical challenges across the corporation, leading training for production operations and conducting research for new projects. Read more...

Engineering an NFL Career: Jake McQuaide

Jake McQuaideJake McQuaide (photo courtesy of SSM Health Care Foundations)Ohio State alum Jake McQuaide has one of the world’s most unique occupations. As the starting long-snapper for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, he’s on the field for every punt, field goal and extra point. Since NFL teams only have one long-snapper on the active roster, he’s one of just 32 people in the U.S. who can claim that job title.

What makes McQuaide even more unique is that he is a proud alumnus of The Ohio State University’s Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program (2011). It’s probably safe to say he’s the only NFL long-snapper who can run a transonic wind tunnel research project to test dynamic stall on a Blackhawk rotor blade.

Now in his fourth season with the Rams, the College of Engineering’s favorite NFL player fondly recalls his days as a Buckeye engineer and as a player wearing the scarlet and gray in the Rose Bowl. And while he’s vibrantly living his dream of playing football for a living, his idea of a dream job after he hangs up his cleats may surprise you. Get to know Jake...

Pulling the pieces together: Nancy Dawes

nancy dawesWhat do Pringles potato chips, Duncan Hines Cookies and Olay Total Effects have in common? They’re three Procter & Gamble product lines that have benefited from the talents of skilled innovator and Buckeye chemical engineer Nancy Dawes. 

Described as one of the country’s foremost experts in the development of advanced skincare products, Dawes (’81, chemical engineering) has spent her entire 33-year career working in several P&G branches, from food product development to global beauty...

... While a love of chemistry led her to major in chemical engineering at Ohio State, it was the challenging curriculum that kept Dawes’ interest. She credits the university with preparing her well and instilling a skill critical to having a successful engineering career. Read more...

Alum tackles water crisis one pump at a time

Greg Bixler co-founded non-profit Design Outreach, which aims to create life-sustaining solutions for developing countries.Greg Bixler (pictured above, wearing hat) co-founded non-profit Design Outreach, which aims to create life-sustaining solutions for developing countries.Greg Bixler never set out to build a groundbreaking water pump or start a humanitarian engineering organization. But once the mechanical engineering alum heard about the life-threatening water issues the world’s poorest inhabitants face, he couldn’t turn away.

Bixler co-founded and is CEO of Design Outreach, the volunteer-powered humanitarian engineering organization that invented the LifePump. Unlike traditional hand pumps that tap out at 162 feet, the LifePump can pump water from more than 500 feet deep.

The three-time Buckeye grad and lecturer for Ohio State’s First-Year Engineering Program aims to inspire students to go out into the workforce and come up with solutions for the world’s poorest people. Read more...

Forging a new path

Buckeye engineers Bill Forquer (left) and Paul Boulware aim to transform welding education with the RealWeld TrainerBuckeye engineers Bill Forquer (left) and Paul Boulware aim to transform welding education.When it comes to welding, explained Bill Forquer, you have to burn to learn. As CEO of RealWeld Systems, the computer science and engineering alumnus leads a team of talented Buckeye engineers who aim to transform welding education by making sure that burn time is as instructive as possible.

RealWeld Systems is the startup behind the RealWeld Trainer, the first and only welding trainer on the market designed for use in the welding booth under real-world conditions. Using motion capture technology, the system monitors and measures a welder’s performance and provides immediate feedback on motions, adherence to welding-parameters and whether bonds are being made in a metal’s sweet spot. Read more...

Driven to succeed

Jackie DiMarco

Jackie Marshall DiMarco, chief engineer for the longtime best-selling Ford F-150 pickup, downplays being the first woman to hold the position in the truck’s 60-plus years of production.

Women fill about 20 percent of engineering jobs at major automotive companies. That figure has remained steady in recent years, she said, noting that the percentages are lower for women at the management level of the firms.

DiMarco studied mechanical engineering at Ohio State, with an eye to working in the biomedical or construction industries. But it was her involvement with the university’s Center for Automotive Research during her junior year that defined her future. Read more....

Civil Engineering alum lived his football dream

Today the co-owner of Pipe Line Unique Services in Texas, Bob Hyatt ran for the winning touchdown against the Penn State Nittany Lions in Happy Valley 37 years ago. He shares stories about his days with Woody, his days learning engineering, and that special fall day in 1976.

Read the full story here. Go Bucks!

 

But for Ohio State: Ralph Rockow's Story

Ralph Rockow's degrees from Ohio State led him to work on engines for rockets. In 1970, an engine he developed helped save the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts. A generous supporter of Ohio State and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ralph says he learned many things at Ohio State that have served him well in life.