Electrical ACCEND Engineer Finds the Key to Spark Success

By: Ashley Duvelius
Date: August 1, 2016

Seth Waldstein, senior electrical engineering ACCEND student, is the Engineer of the Month at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) for the month of August.

Seth Waldstein

Vermont native and former NYC dweller, Seth Waldstein, arrived in Cincinnati originally in pursuit of a civil engineering degree. Two weeks into his first semester here at the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science, Seth realized his true passion lie in the field of electrical engineering. He quickly changed majors and also enrolled in the Accelerated Engineering Degree Program, aka ACCEND.

Seth reflects, “This was an easy decision once I learned you can get two degrees within the normal length of time for a bachelors program.  It allows students the opportunity to challenge themselves and move quickly into a more demanding environment if they feel ready.  I can’t express enough how important this has been for my growth.”

As he prepares to enter his final academic semester this fall, Seth is currently finishing his last co-op rotation at the NASA Glenn Research facility in Cleveland, OH. “[NASA Glenn] is an amazing place full of experts working on awe inspiring projects.  I am currently tasked with investigating a single complex problem and am left to my own devices, mainly relying on analysis of past research papers for guidance.  It is a challenging environment, similar to a University research lab,” Seth says.

Seth’s previous two co-op rounds were at an engineering consulting firm, Kohrs, Lohnemann and Heil Engineers, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.  While at the firm, he worked primarily on the electrical layouts of large retail facilities. 

From creating an original two player laser game complete with 3D printed rack and pinion steering systems, player controllers, photodiode targets, lights and lasers for his embedded systems class final project to teaching a programming lecture section, Seth has always found it best to push himself outside of his comfort zone in order to achieve success. He says this principle applies to life both inside and outside of the classroom.

He advises, “I think that there is no success without sacrifice, and having a balanced life is hard if you want to be recognized as an exceptional student.  I think this pertains to our time here at University, but also will continue throughout our careers.  The most successful people I see at NASA have worked incredibly hard to achieve recognition, and they are bound to have sacrificed many things along the way.  It is important to develop disciple and routines in order to maintain good study habits.  Procrastination makes things much more painful as you can find yourself overloaded when it was otherwise avoidable.  It’s better to chip away at things, little by little, day by day.”

Upon graduation, Seth considers matriculating into a PhD program. He shares, “Beyond that, my future is really up in the air, and I am very open to what possibilities may arise.  I hope to find a research oriented job in the electronics industry, but am also open to other computer based technology companies or bio-tech.”

Regardless of the path he chooses, the future looks undoubtedly bright for Seth and the College of Engineering and Applied Science congratulations him on his immense successes thus far and as the CEAS Engineer of the Month for August!

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