I began working for CDME as a Business Development Intern, however, I also got to work as an Engineering Intern/Research Assistant throughout my time there. I assisted on many projects through the center, including everything from finding grants and writing proposals to hands on engineering design. I am most proud of my work done on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership proposal. I enjoyed this project because it involved a lot of research and communication to pull all of the necessary components together. I got a glimpse of the marketing side of business, as well as exposure to the manufacturing work that the center promotes. I was also able to attend I-Corps@Ohio, which opened my eyes to the startup world. While attending this event, I witnessed ideas turn into actual projects that were then pitched to consumers. By observing the work that goes into startups, I learned skills that could potentially help me with my own ideas in the future.
Throughout my experience at CDME, I learned what the business/manufacturing world really looks like. The most important thing I took away from my experience was to always take on projects that were outside my comfort zone, because that is when I learned the most. I was thrown onto many projects that I did not feel prepared for at first, but as I kept working, with support of my superiors and other interns, I was able to learn a lot of different skills. Whether it be designing on Solidworks or wiring a circuit board, I always felt like I was learning something new.
CDME helps its members and clients by providing access to it's intelligent staff from all different backgrounds, as well as the University's wide range of resources. Through my experience, I was able to see CDME take on a client and utilize the engineering staff, as well as interns, to see the project through completion. What most impresses me about CDME is that the staff is always using their knowledge to help eachother and complete projects as a team. It was also awesome to be a part of something that is continually growing and improving. In just my one year with the center, I saw continual growth and know that that will only continue.
Since my time at CDME, I have used the skills I learned in my coursework and to pursue new opportunities. This summer I will be working for Niagara Bottling in California as a Technical Engineering intern. I have also secured a Co-Op for next Spring with Cargill in their Agricultural Supply Chain Plant. I know that the experience I gained through CDME has helped me to secure these positions in the industry and I hope to continue using the skills I gained throughout my career.