Co-Op Information Session

Yesterday I attended an information session concerning the Co-Op program. I didn’t really know anything about the program other than the fact that you get to work with a company longer than a stand-alone internship would allow. The head of the Co-Op program was there and told us all about it. There was a student panel as well that spoke about their experiences and answered questions.

First off, the program is like its own academic track, with a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. Over the spring semester sophomore year you look at companies and apply and interview with them. If you get accepted, which 40-50% of participants do, then you officially enter the program. Over the summer before junior year you take all of the classes you would normally take that upcoming fall semester. You do this because during that the upcoming fall semester you will be at the company that accepted you working. After those 4 months then you return to Lehigh for spring semester. Then during that upcoming summer you return to the same company and work another 3 months. After that you return to Lehigh for a full senior year.

What’s really cool about the program is that a lot of companies are local and so students can live at school but still work their Co-Op. This lets you stay in touch with campus and not miss out on much. Though, not all companies are local and some you even get to travel the country with. One student told us of how he worked for GE Transportation and got to travel all over the US. Another benefit of the program is that most Co-Ops lead to job offers. Most of the students in the panel received a job offer from the companies they worked for and some took it. That means going through senior year with the peace of mind knowing you have a job when you get done. Another benefit of the program is that fact that you get to explore different parts of the industry. In every Co-Op you have a different job for your first rotation than your second. This gives you the chance to try and find what you really want to work on after school is over. And while some students stay with the company they worked for others deny the job offer but search for another one knowing what they are looking for.

This program is really beneficial but it does have a few drawbacks. One is that it pretty much kills the opportunity of studying abroad. I personally am very interested in going abroad so I don’t think I’ll do the program. Also, there is the chance that you’ll be stuck with a company you don’t like or will be stuck with work you don’t necessarily like doing. For example, one of the students in the panel was a ChemE major and worked for Air Products but she was actually put in the sales division of the company which she said she wasn’t to keen on pursuing. For her next rotation however she was placed in a division she enjoyed so it’s unlikely you would get stuck with work you don’t like for both your rotations. And the another possible downside to the program is that some majors are more sought after than others. As an example, every student on the 8-person panel was either a MechE or ChemE. Now that doesn’t mean the program is specifically for just those two majors, but it is easier for those specific majors to get accepted. The program is open to anyone in the college of engineering, however there are fewer spots open for say a computer engineering major.

This program, like any other, has its pros and cons. For some it is a great option and it works out great for them. Others, like me may find that it might not be worth the sacrifices.

Exams Never Stop!

Next week is the next round of 4-o’clocks. It was just two weeks ago that I had my MAT-33 exam and now I’ve got 3 exams next week. I’ve got Physics on Monday, MECH 3 on Wednesday and Calc on Thursday. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be very busy and very stressed this weekend.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

The plane of today is Republic F-105 Thunderchief, which is was a supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. The Mach 2 capable F-105 conducted the majority of strike bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War; it was the only U.S. aircraft to have been removed from combat due to high loss rates. Originally designed as a single-seat, nuclear-attack aircraft, a two-seat Wild Weasel version was later developed for the specialized Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role against surface-to-air missile sites. The F-105 was commonly known as the “Thud” by its crews.

A Republic F-105D Thunderchief in flight with a full bomb load of sixteen 750 lb bombs on its five hardpoints.

Not an awful lot to report except for exams and Halloween festivities.

It’s that time of year again for us Lehigh students. (Lehigh-ians?) 4:00 exams are this week (again).

Yup, the second round of mid-semester exams are upon us. My economics class is tomorrow and whoo boy, I’m getting a bit nervous for it. I also probably need to ban myself from internet access for the next, say, two days or so? Or possibly the entire week? Until exams are done. I keep getting distracted.

Tip: Don’t get distracted while studying, kids. You won’t get anything done and then you’ll look up at the clock at midnight and realize you just spent all your studying time laughing at cats on YouTube.

Anyway, for any of y’all in Econ 1, don’t forget there’s a study session tonight at 7pm in Lewis Lab 270.

Also, HALLOWEEN with SPECTRUM! Spectrum is hosting a Halloween party TOMORROW in Lamberton at 8:30PM! Free food, music, dancing, costume contest WITH PRIZES, and more, so come on and stop by! (Costumes optional, but encouraged.) Here’s the FB link: Tell your friends!

And good luck on your exams, everyone!

Steel Bridge Schematics Team 2014-15 Update


Last week was yet another meeting in which the team did another Solidworks tutorial. They worked on lofting bodies and also bending objects to create the hammerhead shown above. The team, though its shrunk a little in size, has been making great progress and is getting comfortable with the program. From here on out I’ll have them re-create the bridge members from last year to give them an idea of how to apporach making a bridge member in the future and what tools or techniques are required. More updates to come.

North American X-15

the plane of today is the North American X-15, which was a rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft. As of 2014, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h), Mach 6 hypersonic. X-15 has a very thick tail that the tail itself is able to induce drag force as high as normal aircraft will produce as a whole. The increased drag force stable the aircraft during hypersonic flight.

Like many X-series aircraft, the X-15 was designed to be carried aloft and drop launched from under the wing of a NASA B-52 mother ship, the Balls 8. Release took place at an altitude of about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) and a speed of about 500 miles per hour (805 km/h).
Here is the picture of B52, mother ship carry X-15.


Behind the Scenes: A Sneak Peek at Lehigh’s TV Commercial


Yesterday I was lucky enough to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity by being filmed for a TV commercial for Lehigh that will be aired nationwide. On November 22, the day of our big football rivalry match with Lafayette, each school’s commercial will be aired on CBS Sports as well as on the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium before the game. I was contacted because the production crew thought Steel Bridge Club would have been a good fit for one of the scenes. And while I can’t away too many details on the commercial, I can say this, it is uniquely Lehigh and perfectly captures and represents what we do. I’m so excited for it to air! Below are a few pictures of me on the set.