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Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

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Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

Loren & Mike attend Purdue Bound Career Day

Last Saturday, Applied once again participated in the annual Purdue Bound Career Day event at Dow AgroSciences on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Mike Jamieson and I talked with Indianapolis Public Schools students about the impact an engineering career can create for both the individual and the community.

Mike and I described some of the projects we have worked on, noting that Applied focuses effort in four markets: Higher Education, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Government.

When describing university projects, I noted that at Applied, we create environments and design systems which positively impact people. Previous project designs have helped students collaborate on problems with multiple outcomes. Through our positive design, students have access to white board walls to construct a design outline, large monitors to share ideas and expose group members to videos which articulate concepts, wireless data so that they can connect with resources outside of the space, and a comfortable environment without distractions. Through providing this environment, Applied is playing its part to create a better world where there is more interaction and better solutions for tomorrow.

Mike commented that being a professional engineer (PE) is a great responsibility. PEs must take the safety of the employees, visitors, neighborhood, and public into account on every project. Being a professional engineer, we strive to turn our clients’ goals into realities while creating a safe environment for everyone involved.

The students were engaged and asked many questions such as, “What do you like most about being an engineer?” and “Why do you like working for Applied?” I shared that I enjoy working for Applied because of the variety of work – that in any given week I could be creating a telecom design, creating a power distribution system, visiting a new project site, and assisting contractors during construction. The ability to wear many hats and interact with people from different backgrounds helps me broaden my perspective and feel like I’m making an impact in my community. Mike stated that he enjoys the design challenges that come with being an engineer. Through designing dust collectors to steam systems, every project has unique goals that must be achieved through diligent calculations and design.

We thought that this group of students was highly engaged, had great communication skills, and were high achievers. Their intelligent questions and ability to understand power distribution, HVAC controls, and the design process within a short time shows that the future is bright for engineering and the world.

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Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

Purdue Bound Career Day

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Purdue Bound Career Day

The Saturday morning started out cold, but the Purdue Bound (formerly Science Bound) Career Day kicked off with great warmth as the excited students learned about jobs and opportunities within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math) fields. Applied Engineering Services served as a corporate sponsor for the event, along with Purdue University, Raytheon, Bowen Engineering, Rolls-Royce, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly and Company. Each firm gave the students a quick “day in the life” of an engineer, scientist, designer, researcher, or programmer.

Mike Jamieson and I talked with students about the type of work Applied does within the consulting engineering industry. We described how Applied utilizes engineering knowledge to provide HVAC designs, plumbing design, power distribution, and telecommunications connectivity, and how our work utilizes math, science, and engineering, and technology to create warm and inviting environments. We gave a broad overview of healthcare design to the students, touching on how HVAC designs can be best implemented to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. Power distribution from the utility company down to the receptacles was also generally described.

The students were actively engaged with some of the hands-on devices that we demonstrated. Mike described energy efficiencies in the HVAC realm by showing how a small ventilation recovery device works and how sensible and latent energy is transferred through the cross-baffle heat recovery membrane. The plate and frame heat exchanger spurred several questions from the students. On the electrical side, the manual motor starter and medium voltage cable drew the most interest. I helped break down the electrical concepts behind the equipment, which allowed the students to better understand how the parts and pieces all work together to create a complete building system.

The morning included a panel discussion with previous Purdue Bound graduates describing their college and life experiences, and wrapped up with a motivational speech by Purdue All-American Running Back LeRoy Keyes and his wife, Monica. The students and career volunteers noted that it was a great experience, and everyone appreciated Rolls-Royce’s hospitality in hosting the event at their facility.

Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Science Bound Parent Meeting

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Science Bound Parent Meeting

Applied Engineering Services is a long-time partner of the Science Bound program, a Purdue University/Indianapolis Public Schools partnership where a student who successfully completes the program is given the opportunity for paid tuition at Purdue University. We have supported Science Bound for nearly a decade as an advisory board member, at the annual career fair, through summer internships of rising high school seniors, and financially.

Recently, I met with the parents of Science Bound students to describe what it takes to be an engineer. We discussed the various types of engineers, the importance of writing, spelling, and communications skills in addition to the typical math and science courses, good study habits and time management, and the importance of being a leader through extracurricular activities.

The meeting wrapped up with a discussion on the commitment required to be successful in the engineering program at Purdue University (ranked 6th in the nation and 26th in the word for engineering schools according to US News and Word Report). Engineering school requires hard studies and every student has to want it/earn it. Getting practical experience during college, through internships and co-op programs, is also a must for the graduating engineer.

Ralph Power is an Owner and Principal at Applied Engineering Services.