Episode 35 - What is a department chair?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
1M ago
In this episode, Paul tries to demystify the important, but often misunderstood, position of "department chair" by interviewing Dr. Berit Givens (Dept of Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Shokoufeh Mirzaei (Dept of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), both of whom are department chairs at Cal Poly Pomona. During the conversation, Berit and Shokoufeh describe the role and responsibilities of a department chair, share their experiences of being a chair, and explain how a chair impacts students and faculty. Paul also shares his experiences of being the associate chair of his department, i ..read more
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Episode 34 - What is professional licensure?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
7M ago
In this episode, Paul interviews Davy McDowell, who is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). During the conversation, Davy provides an overview of the process engineers go through to become professionally licensed. He also discusses the types of engineering jobs that typically require professional licensure, what the professional licensure exams (FE and PE Exams) are like, when it’s recommended to take the exams, and tips for preparing for the exams. NCEES is an organization that assists states and territories in the professiona ..read more
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Episode 33 - What is Manufacturing Engineering?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
11M ago
In this episode, Paul interviews Dr. Victor Okhuysen who is a Professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona. During the conversation, Dr. Okhuysen provides an overview of the field of manufacturing engineering. He compares manufacturing engineering with other engineering disciplines, discusses career paths available in manufacturing engineering, and gives various tips for all engineering students. You can read more about the Cal Poly Pomona's Industrial & Manufacturing Department here: https://www.cpp.edu/engineering/ime/index.shtml  Nationa ..read more
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Episode 32 - What’s it like to be a veteran and an engineering student?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
1y ago
In this episode, Paul interviews two Cal Poly Pomona engineering students, Elizabeth Sanchez (industrial engineering) and Esteban Alderete (aerospace engineering), who also are US Marine Corps veterans. During the interview, Elizabeth and Esteban share their experiences of active-duty service, transitioning back to civilian life, and being engineering students. They also provide advice for people who are thinking about joining the military, and advice for veterans who are considering pursuing an engineering degree one day. Cal Poly Pomona Veterans Resource Center: https://www.cpp.edu/vete ..read more
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Episode 31 - What’s it like to have to repeat a course?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
1y ago
In this episode, Paul interviews two Cal Poly Pomona engineering students, Jared Changizian (mechanical engineering) and Michael Youssef (electrical engineering), who discuss a very common experience for engineering students -- having to repeat a course due to receiving a low grade. During the interview, Jared and Michael describe the emotions and thoughts they experienced when they found out they had to repeat engineering courses. They also discuss how they eventually overcame these difficulties and became stronger as a result. Have comments about this episode? Send your feedback to TESEpodca ..read more
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Episode 29 - Engineering in the Air Pollution Control Industry
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
1y ago
In this episode, Paul explores the field of air pollution control (or air pollution abatement) with Anoosheh Oskouian and John Von Bargen from Ship & Shore Environmental, a company based in Signal Hill, CA that specializes in designing and constructing air pollution abatement systems. Anoosheh is President and CEO of the company, and John is the Vice President and Director of Engineering. During the interview, Anoosheh and John discuss the importance of air pollution abatement in our everyday lives, how Ship and Shore Environmental works with businesses and local air quality regulatory age ..read more
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Episode 28 - What’s it like to start a start-up?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
2y ago
In this episode, Paul talks with Isabel Gutierrez to learn what it's like to create and grow a company. Isabel is the CEO and founder of Vistendo, and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 2019. Vistendo is a company dedicated to ending the suffering related to untreated brain dysfunctions including brain injuries and mental health disorders. The technology developed by Vistendo helps to detect concussions right on-the-field and monitors those who are injured to prevent serious injury and long-term suffering. During the interview, Isabel describes her journey of havin ..read more
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Episode 27 - What’s it like to be an older engineering student?
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
2y ago
In this episode, Paul interviews two Cal Poly Pomona engineering students, Eric Belcastro (civil engineering) and John Hartman (electrical engineering), who started pursuing an engineering degrees later in life. Eric and John talk about their transition back to school, and describe their day-to-day experiences inside and outside the classroom as students who are significantly older than most of their classmates. They also provide advice for people who are older and thinking about returning to school to pursue an engineering degree. John Hartman's songs on Spotify  John Hartman's songs on ..read more
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Episode 26 - Engineering in the Food Retailing Industry
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
2y ago
In this episode, Paul explores the food retailing industry by interviewing Diego Wood and Michael Gillett, who work for the Hussmann Corporation. Hussmann designs, builds, and maintains display cases in many supermarkets, convenience stores, and other places that sell temperature-controlled food products. Diego is a Specialty Engineering Leader and Michael is a Principal Engineer at Hussmann’s facility in Chino, California (just 10 miles away from Cal Poly Pomoma). During the interview, Diego and Michael provide an overview of the food retailing industry and discuss the engineering behind disp ..read more
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Episode 25 - Engineering at an Air Quality Agency
The Engineering Student Experience Podcast
by Paul Nissenson
2y ago
In this episode, Paul explores what it's like to be an engineer at an air quality agency by interviewing Dr. Simin Mehrabani, who works at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The South Coast AQMD is a government agency responsible for improving the air quality for over 15 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Simin received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California, and currently is a Senior Air Quality Engineer for the South Coast AQMD. In this role she supervises a team of air quality engineers who ..read more
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