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Meet Today’s Co-ops


On this site, you can read about co-op’s past and achievements of students throughout the years.  But below are the ongoing stories of today’s students.

Date: 1/27/2006 12:00:00 AM
By: Mary Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

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Here's a sampling of the who, what and where of some of our current co-op students:

And more:

Helping to launch a shuttle
Electrical engineering co-op Jide Akinyode is currently working at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston where he’s been running analysis and simulation tests on a robotic arm for the just-launched shuttle, STS-114.

Expanding a hospital
Construction management junior Christina Alsup is helping to build a new patient-services tower going up at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.  She’ll continue working for her current employer, even when she’s not on co-op, throughout her senior year.

Designing new homes in Hilton Head
Pre-junior architecture student Kelly Anderson is on her first co-op right now, working for Johnson & Associates, an architecture firm near Hilton Head, S.C., where she’s essentially working as a project manager.

Brainstorming new electronics
Industrial design senior Omar Bailey is currently on co-op with Hewlett-Packard Mobile Devices in Houston, Tx., where he is designing portable electronics.  His previous co-ops have taken him to apparel makers in Boston, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.  His next co-op in early 2006 will be in Europe. 

Envisioning what's in store
Interior design pre-junior Kyle Barker recently returned from his first co-op assignment with Chute Gerdeman, a Columbus, Ohio, firm specializing in retail design.  He’ll return to work for the firm in the fall of 2005.

Getting ahead by researching engine heads
Mechanical engineering technology junior Jasmine Baylor transferred to UC because of co-op and is now on her first co-op quarter with Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in the Anna, Ohio, engine plant.  She’s helping to test the aluminum-die cast for making an engine head for a new Civic.

Linking the company with customers
Marketing student Matthew Fisher is currently working for Wear Magic, a specialty apparel firm in Springdale, Ohio, where he serves as a liaison for clients and company production and design staff.

Doing a quality job
Materials engineering junior Kristen Kesse is currently working her fourth term with Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky., where she troubleshoots quality issues in terms of the raw materials used in manufacturing automotives. 

Pointing the way 
Graphic design senior Karen Kolodzaike is recently back from six months of co-op work for Solomon Sports in Annecy, France, where she designed ski poles that will come on the market in 2006 and 2007.  Right now, she’s at work for Arrowstreet Graphic Design in Boston where she’s designing signage for a hospital parking garage.

Germany bound
Electrical engineering junior Emily Martini is now on her fourth co-op at General Electric where she hopes to work full time upon graduation.  But before that happens, Emily will return to school for intensive German language training.  Why?  Emily’s next co-op in the spring and summer of 2006 will be in Germany.

Tackling big projects
Architecture senior Jeremy Schlicher, a former offensive lineman for UC’s Bearcats for the past four years, is on his final co-op with local architecture firm, GlaserWorks, where he is working on plans for UC’s new Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village.  Jeremy invested the money he earned on co-op into a house which he redesigned, remodeled and then sold.  He’s now doing the same with a second home.

Living, learning, working in France
Graphic design student Paige Strohmaier is working in Annecy, France, for Salomon (maker of sports equipment and apparel) until mid-December 2005. She's creating graphic and logos for different styles of skis -- when she's not hiking, mountain climbing , swimming, jogging or skating in this medieval French town on the border with Switzerland. Next on her "to do" list is obtaining a bike so she can see more of the region.

Helping build the tallest skyscraper in Beijing
Architecture student Paul Vogeler is on his first-ever co-op, working for KPF Architects in New York City.  On this initial co-op, Paul is helping to design the tallest skyscraper in Beijing, slated for completion in 2008.  He’s also helping to design the entire city of Songdo in Korea.  The city will be built on a 3,000-acre landfill.

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