This past summer I was hired as a co-op for the Watershed Department at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. I was part of a team dedicated to beach research, with the goal of developing a better understanding of the processes that lead to elevated bacteria levels at area beaches.
My wide range of responsibilities including doing preliminary research, developing test methods, gathering data, evaluating test results, and giving multiple presentations to explain the findings of our research.
This co-op has been an overall invaluable experience. The work I did has been instrumental in helping me better understand what I want to do after I graduate. It was exceedingly rewarding to take the knowledge I have gained throughout my classes at Cleveland State and apply it to real world problems. Lab work in Geotechnical Engineering and lectures about Fluid Mechanics helped me contribute in a very real way to the advancement of this research. Most gratifying was the knowledge that the work I did will be used to develop better beach management techniques, which will contribute to improved water quality and beach aesthetics at Northeast Ohio beaches.