NEWARK, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2019 – Seventeen-year-old Josiah Campbell from Utica is no stranger to taking advantage of opportunities. He enrolled in the College Credit Plus program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) to get a head start in his college education. It also led him to the three-day INNOVATE-O-thon event in November, hosted by The Ohio State University's Institute for Materials Research in conjunction with DriveOhio, an initiative working to advance smart mobility.
At INNOVATE-O-thon, students were challenged to help shape DriveOhio's technology strategy by imagining a future with self-driving shuttles on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Campbell worked with three other students, two from Ohio State and one from Columbus State Community College, to develop a shuttle user profile, plot out that user's day and their transportation issues. He and his team focused on safety for late-night travelers. Their user profile was a fictional undergraduate student navigating an evening out on North High Street."I got an email from one of my COTC professors about the opportunity to participate and I immediately responded asking what I needed to do next," said Campbell. "I couldn't just let it pass me by."
"It was a really great experience. The three-day externship helped me get an idea of what my future career could be like," said Campbell. He plans to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering.
The classes he has taken at COTC helped him be an asset to the team. Campbell used skills he developed in his fundamentals of communication class to collaborate with the other members of the team and to present their solution to the INNOVATE-O-thon judges. He utilized skills from introduction to engineering, computer applications for engineering and introduction to AutoCAD to help build 3-D models of the team's idea for an autonomous vehicle to serve the late-night traveler.
"Josiah was in my introduction to AutoCAD course last semester. He is a hard-working student who has a natural curiosity about how things work and dependably completes high-quality projects," said COTC faculty Tom Comisford.
Engineering Technology at COTC
Build your community and a promising future by pursuing a degree in engineering technology at COTC. That future could include designing buildings and bridges, maintaining computer networks, operating computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and hydraulic systems, working as an electrician or operating a crane at an industrial construction site. Hands-on-training in state-of-the-art simulation labs prepare students to excel. For example, the Amatrol Pegasus Robotic Arm gives our mechanical engineering student a leg up. With features like a powerful programming language, industrial controller and high repeatability, students learn a wide variety of applications.
Four of COTC's engineering technology majors are internationally accredited by ABET, the leading educational standard for engineering worldwide: architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology.
COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.