ACCEND Student Blends Chemical Engineering with Business

By:    Brandon Pytel
Date: April 11, 2018

CEAS chemical engineering student Miranda Hileman graduates from UC this spring with a bachelor’s degree, an MBA, an international experience and a full-time job.

Hileman stands in a red phone booth in London.

Hileman explores London while on co-op.

Miranda Hileman knows what it means to make the most of her time at the University of Cincinnati (UC). As a chemical engineering student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), Hileman will graduate this spring with a BS, an MBA, a full-time job and some unforgettable professional experiences made possible through UC’s cooperative education (co-op) program.

Hileman, originally from Crestwood, Kentucky, came to UC because of its beautiful campus and nationally renowned co-op program. But she was also intrigued by the ACCEND program, which allows students to combine a bachelor’s and master’s degree in an abbreviated timeframe.

“Being able to complete an MBA and a chemical engineering undergraduate degree through ACCEND really aligned with my career goals,” said Hileman.

Since she started at UC, she has stayed busy.

Hileman spent her first two co-op rotations with GE Aviation in the Cincinnati area, working in the environment, health and safety division. Her third co-op was in production optimization for L’Oreal’s haircare manufacturing plant in Florence, Kentucky.

Her favorite co-op, however, was not in Ohio or across the river in Kentucky. It wasn’t even in the country. Hileman spent her final co-op overseas in London, working for Yoomi, a small company that manufactures milk-warming devices for babies. Because of the size of the company, Hileman had a lot of flexibility, working on quality control, market research and research and development projects.

“All of my co-op rotations helped me develop the professional traits needed to be successful in my career after UC,” said Hileman. “Aside from all the interview practice and professional skills, co-op has given me the confidence in my technical and professional capabilities.”

In June, Hileman moves to Atlanta, Georgia, to work full-time in The Clorox Company’s Supply Chain Leadership and Development Program. She looks forward to combining her chemical engineering and MBA knowledge with the skills she gained on co-op.