The Extra Mile

By:       Staci Jones
Date:    January 2, 2018

As a double undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics working on his master’s thesis, January Engineer of the Month Ben Paisley leads by example in the classroom, on campus and in the Cincinnati community.

Ben Paisley

The cooperative education (co-op) program, the Accelerated Engineering Degree (ACCEND) program, and an urban environment are the three things that led January’s Engineer of the Month, Ben Paisley, to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS).

Paisley regards his decision to pursue mechanical engineering as being both practical and a nod to his zest for a challenge.

“I really like the wide variety of opportunities that I have because of my engineering degree. I’m hoping to have the chance to use it in a way that benefits our society,” said Paisley.

He regards his co-op experiences as providing him with a source to learn to effectively use his strengths and to minimize his focus on his weaknesses.

His first rotation was at Intelligrated in Mason, OH where he helped replace broken and legacy parts in their sustaining engineering department. Through this experience, Paisley gained a glance into what engineering firms look like and how it feels to work a full-time job.

Crane Aerospace in Elyria, OH was Paisley’s second rotation. He worked in the quality department, which he states gave him a very different picture of the engineering field than his first rotation, as he was often on the manufacturing floor.

Paisley’s remaining rotations were research rounds with Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian, PhD and Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at UC. He regards it as a fun and fulfilling opportunity.

“I have learned all that goes into academic research and some of the challenges it entails. I've learned a lot about myself, that I am pretty good at brainstorming new ideas. Research can definitely be challenging at times, but it is also really fun,” Paisley reflected on his rotation.

Beyond challenges in co-op, Paisley regards his biggest challenge to be learning how to balance life outside and inside the classroom. He remains heavily involved in the Running Club, tutors Cincinnati kids in reading through Whiz Kids, has built houses with Habitat for Humanity and has served as a Crew Leader for three Clean Up Cincy events. Paisley advises fellow students to remember their priorities, be willing to pass on some things to properly manage these priorities, and to acknowledge how important it is to get rest.  

He regards his best memories as being the time he spent with his friends; including roommates and fellow members of the student ministry on campus, Cru. Paisley has been on the Cru leadership team for more than two years, which includes previously serving as Treasurer and also as President. He states that Cru has been one of the highlights of his college experience and has allowed him to meet a few of his best friends while also allowing him to continuously learn and grow as a person.

Upon graduating in 2018, Paisley will receive his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics, and he will be finishing up his master’s thesis in mechanical engineering. In the end, he hopes that he can use his talents to help people through his new ideas and innovations.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science congratulates Ben Paisley on his outstanding achievements thus far and as the January Engineer of the Month.

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