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Strangers to Team Members


Strangers to Team Members

Colin Blymyer, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering from Elida, Oh., has fully immersed himself in the Ohio Northern experience. Blymyer has been a highly active member of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and completed a 2-semester co-op at Triumph Thermal Systems in Forest, Ohio.

Blymyer's co-op at Triumph allowed him to collaborate with several individuals across the company through his work with a team on heat exchangers for airplanes, with ABS plastic sealing technology, and as part of the design team. This summer Blymyer added a new team to his list which included 12 students in the Engineering Value in U.S. Manufacturing course.

“The people,” Blymyer said, when asked what the best part of the course was. “People. Absolutely. They’re from everywhere. They have all types of personalities that I haven’t been able to experience at Ohio Northern so far."

Blymyer also attributed the layout of the course to the success of the group saying, "The class space was designed with an open layout which allowed us all to bond quickly and express our ideas more freely."

The Engineering Value in U.S. Manufacturing course was funded in part by the Kern Family Foundation through the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. This funding made it possible for a total of 13 students from four different institutions and six different countries to take part in the course.

From May 30, 2016 to June 18, 2016 students were immersed in the study of engineering in U.S. manufacturing. Team projects, industry visits and real-world company projects molded the group together quickly. Students studied in the classroom with instruction from Dr. JD Yoder, Dr. David Mikesell and Dr. Bryan Boulanger, and transferred that knowledge to real-world projects with Crown Equipment Corp., International Paper, and Sauder Woodworking Co.

Blymyer described the course animatedly saying, “I think the craziest thing is what you can accomplish in 3 weeks. I think it was completely amazing. We went from having no idea what we were going to do and a handful of off-the-wall ideas for our project. The group worked hard and ended up with a working prototype ready to give to the company four days later.”