Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance Columbus Quad Student Highlights

Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA)

Eric presenting his self-advocacy plans to a group of Beginner OSAA students

Eric, an advanced member of Ohio STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA), is a senior in the Welding Engineering program at Ohio State University (OSU). Eric was placed in a full-time research experience with the OSU Welding Engineering Joining and Metallurgy Lab. The research he was conducting is to evaluate the post-weld tempering response of the material and determine why one of the materials will not soften to its required hardness via the post-weld heat treatment mechanism. He has also gained valuable experience in various lab functions like metallographic preparation, building thermocouples, TIG welding with Jetline, and furnace and Gleeble thermomechanical device operation. His performance in the lab also secured him a part-time position during the 2010 fall quarter where he began to conduct the research necessary for his master's research thesis. Eric is shown here presenting his self-advocacy plan to a group of Beginner OSAA students.

Kyle and his mentor Dr. Merrill (Director-First Year Engineering Programs) after Kyle presented his self-advocacy plan

Kyle, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, was placed in an internship with TTI Floor Care's (Hoover) testing lab during the summer of 2010. During his time with Hoover he designed two filter test fixtures in Pro/Engineer and his research project has indicated that the current filter they are using could be replaced with a more cost effect filter, in turn saving the company almost $200,000. Kyle is shown here with his mentor, Dr. Merrill (Director-First Year Engineering Programs), after Kyle presented his self-advocacy plan.

Rahul volunteering during the Ohio Special Olympics this summer

Rahul, a senior in biology at the OSU was placed in an internship with a psychologist at the Nisonger Center working on multiple research projects. Projects he assisted with included the Curemark's Autism Genetics study, which examines genes that induce a hormone or neurotransmitter release thereby allowing brain and central nervous system functionality; and a pilot project exploring neurofeedback issues and possible treatment for ADHD, which involves electroencephalographic biofeedback, or neurotherapy. Rahul was responsible for locating suitable candidates, administering treatments, gathering and collating data, and compiling results. He also assisted on the TOSCA study, which examines the impact of atomoxotine on ADHD and aggression symptoms. Rahul is shown here volunteering during the Ohio Special Olympics.

Kashali presenting her self-advocacy plan during an SLC

During the 2009-2010 academic year Kashali, who graduated in June of 2010 with a degree in actuarial science from Ohio State University, was placed in a paid position with the Bursars Office. Upon graduation this internship transitioned into full-time paid employment with the Bursars office. Kashali is shown here presenting her self-advocacy plan during a student learning community.

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