CJ Recognizes National Engineers Week

What would happen if engineering disappeared for a day? Every day things we can take for granted like electricity in homes, to using computers, and even brushing teeth would no longer be of existence without engineers.

February 21-27, 2016 marked the 65th anniversary of National Engineers Week. As part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger shared with students the difference engineers have made in the world today.

STEMM Idol: Molly Wakeling

A Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force spoke to students on Tuesday, February 16 as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Molly Wakeling is also a physicist and graduate student working on her Master’s degree in nuclear engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

“I have always loved science,” Wakeling shared. “What I love about science is that there is still so much to know but we can do the experiments to figure it out. I love that there is a lot of beauty in it as well.”

STEMM Idol: Joe DeLong

Students had the opportunity to hear from a professional engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation on Tuesday, February 2.

Joe DeLong is a structural engineer at Shell + Meyer Associates Structural Engineers in Kettering. He has worked there since graduating from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree.

"In high school, I enjoyed math and science classes," said DeLong. "When looking at what college majors were available, I gravitated towards engineering and went to UD."

STEMM Idol: Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC

"I'm a nurse. It's an art and science."

Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC shared with students exactly what she meant by those words when she presented during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 26.

"With healthcare now-a-days, we are trying to get students to understand that healthcare is just as much about an art, and it's that communication and that relationship building," Sodders explained. "Without those skills, you won't be successful at the nursing tasks."

STEMM Idol: Dr. Jason Johnston

To kick-off the new semester, Dr. Jason Johnston spoke with students on Tuesday, January 5, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Dr. Johnston is a veterinarian and owner of Miami Acres Animal Hospital in Troy. The business was started by Dr. Johnston's grandfather, Dr. W.J. Lavelle, in 1945. Dr. Johnston said his interest in veterinary medicine began because of his grandfather.

"I have been practicing for 18 years," Dr. Johnston said. "My grandfather had the practice for 66 years."

CJ STEMM Idol: Mike Ooten

While the weather outside might be near freezing, it's time for juniors and seniors to think about the summertime, and in particular, a premier local internship opportunity.

On Tuesday, December 1, Mike Ooten, an aerospace engineer with the Wright Patterson Air Force Base's Air Force Research Laboratory, spoke to students about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant Program as part of the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

CJ STEMM Idol: Elana Chapman '87

A CJ alumna returned to school to share how her career relates to each STEMM field, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Elana Chapman '87 is a Senior Fuels Engineer at General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan.

"I was inspired while at CJ and I want to inspire the next group of scientists and engineers," Chapman said.

While speaking with students on Tuesday, November 24, Chapman recalled how some of the teachers at CJ helped develop techniques she still uses today.

German Guests Emphasize STEM Opportunities

Three German graduate students, who are in the U.S. for an internship, recently visited CJ to share not only facts about their home country, but their passion for STEM fields.

Sebastian Reif, Andreas Demmel and Dennis Kröber are students at the University of Applied Sciences in Koblenz, Germany. The trio came to the Dayton area in September for an internship at SAS Automation in Xenia. The company president is Anneliese Fisher's '19 father.

STEMM Class Assignment Soars

Students in the Introduction to Engineering Design STEMM class were recently given a real-world scenario when they were asked to design, create, and operate a machine in just two class periods.

"The students built a machine with the goal to launch a cotton ball about three feet," explained teacher Eric Grimm.

STEMM Idol: Bob Miller

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more. These social media platforms connect people from around the world and many are used on a daily basis. Students can learn how these mediums are used in STEMM careers when Bob Miller presents during the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 27.
Miller, a Carroll High School and Wright State University graduate, has deep ties to the CJ community.


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