Darrin Kotecki ’89 ‘90
Darrin Kotecki, PE, went from being a teenage entrepreneurial house painter to the President of GPD Group—an employee-owned engineering and architecture firm headquartered in Akron.
Paul Wischt ’15 ‘17
As a product design engineer in the Consumer Tire Technologies division at Bridgestone Americas, Wischt’ s job includes engineering design, prototype tire builds, experimental testing, and working through process to release a safe and reliable product to mass production.
Andrew Ditto ’04, ‘10
At the end of the senior year of his undergraduate program at UA, Ditto found out that a new professor who specialized in nanotechnology was joining the department. He applied to the master’s program to study under Dr. Yang Yun.
Heather Guarnera ’13, ‘15
After receiving her undergraduate degree, Guarnera realized she wasn’t ready to stop learning. When a company she was working for part-time expressed interest in her continued education, the rest is history.
Yongqing Cai ‘19
He leapt thousands of miles from Jiaxing, China, to study engineering in the United States. Then, after earning his bachelor’s degree in Iowa, he leapt another 700 miles to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering at The University of Akron (UA).
Rachel Collard ’14, ’15, ‘17
Rachel Collard is a project engineer at AMETEK in Kent, Ohio where she designs electric motors and blowers, and delivers the designs through their respective feasibility, product development, and production release phases.
Clayton Reakes ‘15
As a research scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, Reakes uses finite element analysis to solve engineering problems for commercial clients in various industries, including aerospace industry and government.
Daniel Shy ‘19
Daniel Shy enjoys the rare distinction of having actually reinvented the wheel – and the rarer distinction of having done it three times. Sometime Air Force serviceman, carpenter, engineer and businessman, he is currently a technical account manager and senior customer engineer at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Joshua E.J. Thomas ’14 ‘19
While attending high school in Columbus, Ohio, Thomas decided he wanted to design and construct rollercoasters. His altitudinous aspirations carried him, instead, to the Air Force– with deployments spanning the globe – before deciding he wanted something a bit more “grounded.”