Michael’s co-op rotations took place at the Wallops Flight Facility, a NASA facility in eastern Virginia, and at GE Aviation where he worked in energy management, engine testing, and design engineering.
Michael credits his co-op experience with teaching him several things including how to give a succinct, simple presentation of a complex problem and how to consider different aspects of a problem to develop a good solution. “Co-op helps you learn the intangibles that you can’t learn anywhere other than on the job,” he said.
In addition to his co-op experience Michael is a member of several organizations including Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, the Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Honor Societies and he has conducted undergraduate research on airflow control in low-pressure turbines as part of the AY-REU program, which is a partnership between the National Science Foundation and UC.
Michael also volunteers at the SPCA Cincinnati. “Occasionally I’ll help out by dressing as their mascot, Hero,” he said. “As geeky as it is, that’s one of the most enjoyable things I do for SPCA Cincinnati.”