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Featured Student: Reed Kaiser '17
This month’s Cooperative Education spotlight is on Reed Kaiser, mechanical engineering major and seeker of experiential, hands-on learning at the University of Dayton.
The School of Engineering’s co-op program provided Kaiser with his first experiential learning opportunity outside of the classroom. Kaiser worked four work terms at Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) beginning in the spring of 2014, which helped him to discover his engineering path.
Through the School’s ETHOS Center, Kaiser experienced not only experiential learning but also service learning during an engineering immersion trip to Malawi (summer 2016). The ETHOS Center provides domestic and international service-learning opportunities through technical immersions. In Malawi, Kaiser gained perspectives on how engineering and technology are influenced by the world and used his engineering skills to help impact the future of education in the region.
During Kaiser’s first three Ethicon rotations, he worked with three different research and development departments as a quality engineer.
When he returned for his fourth and final rotation, Kaiser worked as a design engineer co-op and was named Co-op Coordinator, a prestigious title given to one of the 40+ co-op students at Ethicon. Throughout his work-term rotations, Kaiser gained not only valuable engineering experience but also beneficial skills in people management, technical writing and presentations.
We are proud to announce that Kaiser was offered a full-time position with Ethicon upon his graduation in May 2017. In his final report, he writes: “The completion of four co-op terms undeniably helped me to obtain and build the relationships and skills needed to be a potential candidate for Ethicon’s Engineering Development Program.” Congratulations, Reed Kaiser!
—Mary Harbach and Karen Updyke, School of Engineering
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Your University of Dayton engineering or engineering technology degree provides a variety of career opportunities. Experience the School of Engineering's cooperative education program and discover your path.
Current Students: Click Here For Important 2017 Spring Dates
2016 Co-op Award Winners
Julie Kolodziej, a civil engineering major, is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Cooperative Student in Engineering.
Michael Harper, an electronic and computer technology major, is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Cooperative Student in Engineering Technology.