Industrial design student Maggie Otten didn’t let the fact that Apex was her first co-op employer stop her from making important contributions. Her concept sketch for the Pizza Portal’s user interface bears a striking similarity to that of the final product — and it’s no coincidence, Morgan confirmed.
Otten found that the experience had a lasting impact on her, as well. “I learned how to work with interdisciplinary teams — engineers, designers, marketers and clients — for the first time,” says Otten. “Co-op is awesome because it gives students a chance to try different things and see what they like and don’t like. They will know what type of industry they will be happy in after they graduate.”
Apex Director of Engineering Kevin Klueber, Eng ‘06, has been with the company less than a year, but his positive experiences with UC’s co-op programs go back more than a decade. Klueber himself was required to co-op while pursuing his mechanical engineering degree, and of the 24 engineers that worked for him at his previous employer, he says that fully half had co-oped at the company prior to being hired. He’d like to see Apex employ more UC co-ops as the company continues to grow. “It’s a great way to recruit and onboard talent,” Klueber says. “Co-oping is a win-win for employers and students.”
Featured Image: Maggie Otten, DAAP '20, poses in front of a Little Caesars Pizza Portal in the Apex Supply Chain Technologies Innovation Lab. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services