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Sydney Smead

Sydney Smead

Chemical Engineering Co-Op

Major/Minor: Chemical Engineering
Employer: Appleton (Previously Appleton-Papers)
Location: Appleton WI
Duration: Spring 2012-Summer 2012
Graduating: May 2014

Personal Story: I applied for a bunch of internships and Co-op positions on Panther Career Link and Career Shift originally trying to find a summer position. Appleton called me after a little while and I signed on to participate in a Co-op program through the spring semester.

Appleton is a corporation that produces specially designed papers. When I first got this position I didn’t understand how big an industry paper science was. Thankfully my advisors and coworkers helped me understand and learn what I needed to know. I had a lot of on the job training but my materials science and transport processes classes helped me out as well. There was a lot of transport involved with my co-op. I was in a giant production facility with pipes running everywhere and tanks of all kinds of materials. I lot of what I worked on was short term projects; I feel that those helped me learn my position faster.

The highlight of this co-op was all the wonderful people that I was around! They really made this experience fun and unforgettable. The Co-op program was well developed and I had really nice people around me. I can’t wait to see them again when I return next summer.

Technical Challenges:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Mini-tab Software
  • PowerPoint and Prezi presentations