Lots of PESCers have had summers full of amazing work experiences, so here’s some highlights from their internships!
Josh Bayer is currently a senior in electrical engineering and working for Chevron in their Energy Technology Company in Houston, Texas! He is working on many innovative projects including gateway and network management related to WirelessHART protocol; management and cyber security requirements for implementation of a new system; working with lab equipment to test new server, network, and device architecture; and taking seminars on various topics within the Energy industry.
In the town of Houston, Josh has been enjoying all of the Texas barbecue- especially the brisket; exploring the city; traveling to Austin, Boston, and Atlanta; attending Houston Astros and Real Madrid games; and connecting with both old and current PESCers. Josh explains his summer in the South, “Houston allowed me to experience new Southern culture, interact with a lot of PESCers from the area, and learn about a new industry in oil and gas!”
Congrats on your new summer experience and best of luck with all of your projects, Josh!
This summer one outstanding PESCer-Courtney Halak- spent the month of May working abroad in Kenya with her Purdue EPICs team, the Global Air Quality Trekkers. They successfully performed tests and collected data to see if they could improve the air ventilation within kitchens in Nandi, Kenya to mitigate indoor air pollution which is the leading cause of death among women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Courtney further described her trip, “Our mission in traveling to Kenya was not just to prove that our ventilation project would work, but to give the Nandi community the tools and education they would need to continue to carry it forward.”
Next steps include finalizing their designs and ensuring the end product does not interfere with their traditional designs and cultural aspects. Outside of this amazing trip, Coutrney described her summer to, “[be] filled with a good balance of hard work, new connections and exhilarating travel”. She noted, “if [it’s] any indication of what my future is to look like, then I can’t wait!”
Courtney is a sophomore in engineering and looks forward to continuing this project on campus next fall. Thanks for all your hard work Courtney!
Katherine Brennan is a senior in biomedical engineering completing her 4th co op rotation at Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis! She is working on handheld medical devices that deliver antibodies to patients with autoimmune diseases. In her free time she enjoys walks around downtown Indy, acroyoga, and visiting lots of coffee shops!
This summer we are showcasing the wonderful Catherine Ellsworth! Catherine is currently working in Grand Rapids, MI for Meijer at their corporate headquarters. She is an engineering intern and working hard on reengineering the labor for self checkout in all 242 stores across the nation!
Catherine states: “I learned to appreciate those that I work with as much, if not more, than the work that's done. When you're working a demanding full-time job, it's so important to give yourself time to breathe and to enjoy yourself, and even more important to be around people who allow you to do that.”
Her current major is Interdisciplinary Engineering with a double minor in organizational leadership and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. As a PESCer, Catherine describes her experience: “I feel that I've been able to impact this school and my fellow students as much as they've impacted me in the last two years, and I'm excited for two more years of the same.” Enjoy the rest of your internship Catherine!
This summer we will be showcasing the amazing Jonathan Seifried! Jonathan is a rising sophomore in industrial engineering and currently in Oak Ridge, Tennessee working at KLA’s nano-indentation branch: Nanomechanics. Jonathan described his work experience this summer, “I’ve really enjoyed the range and freedom I got while working with a smaller branch of a large organization. I had closer relationships with my mentor and manager and had the ability to work on exciting auxiliary projects that pertained to my major.”
He is spending his internship updating help files for the software used in the instruments, developing a test matrix for users, and creating documentation for the head calibration process on the nano-indenter tools.
Although he enjoys exploring the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jonathan spends most of his time with his puppy- Mackey. Jonathan had some amazing things to state about his time on PESC: “Though I grew up in East Tennessee, I was raised in a Boilermaker household and had aspirations of going to Purdue. When I finally got here, I knew I belonged and have since taken an effort to make the most of my time on campus, which includes my involvement with PESC. PESC has been my avenue to give back to the incredible community that embraced me when I arrived in West Lafayette, and I couldn’t be happier with the amazing group of people I’ve found.” We are so excited to have another year with Jonathan on PESC and congrats on your summer internship!
This week we will be showcasing the PESCer behind the scenes of our social media- Phil Cibulka. Phil is an Engineering Leadership Development Intern at Siemens in Atlanta, GA. He is currently working with software validation for a temperature monitoring product and writing operational manuals. Phil was happy to describe his work this summer: “I was fortunate to have a great opportunity to do meaningful work for my company on a customer-facing product, while growing in my skills as an engineering professional.”
In his free time in Atlanta. Phil loves going to soccer games, going to the gym, and hiking! And of course watching hockey (STL blues 2019 Stanley cup champs!) Phil stated, “I met lots of intelligent, motivated, and interesting people that helped me grow and learn while also having a really fun time.”
Phil is currently a junior majoring in Computer Engineering at Purdue. As an active member on PESC, Phil explains his experience as, “I’ve been given a lot by PESC and Purdue in the last couple years both professionally and personally, and I’m excited to continue giving back what I’ve learned in my next two years at Purdue.” We will see you back in the fall Phil!
Everyone say hello to our amazing PESC member Lisa Krause! She is currently interning as a machinery engineer at the baytown refinery for ExxonMobil. Her many projects involve improving the slip torque of the coupling on a dual compressor steam turbine driven train, coordinating the movement of 14khp motors, determining how to best remove water from lube oil and coordinating with vendors to implement an oil clarifier, and improving pump performance on acid pumps. Lisa is a sophomore in mechanical engineering and loves exploring the Houston area in the extreme heat, going two-stepping, and eating Tex Mex. Stay cool Lisa!