Post-REU

Education Update

posted Apr 17, 2014, 4:53 PM by Nathaniel Tidwell

It has been a year and a half since the last update, and as of now I am still enrolled at UT Arlington in the Mechanical Engineering program. I'm a junior, and so far have a 3.91 GPA. I expect to graduate around Fall 2015, I think.

I have been working as an intern contractor at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie, TX, through DCR Workforce, since January 2014. I'm assigned to the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, which is in the testing phase right now. Lockheed Martin is one of three finalists for the JLTV contract, and I am supporting the mechanical engineering team by creating drawings, designing brackets, and doing whatever else needs to be done. Overall, it is a very fulfilling opportunity, and I have gained a lot of experience and skills in the three months I've been there.

My longer term plans are to take the FE exam, graduate with my BS in mechanical engineering, and immediately go into industry. From there, I hope to have my future employer help me out with tuition while I pursue my Master's degree, and eventually become a PE. Of course, things can change, but that's what I'm hoping for at least.

For a short time, I was involved with UTA's Formula SAE team, and was a team associate. However, with work and school, I don't really have time to devote to another activity.

Also, unrelated to academics, I got engaged recently, and will be getting married August 2, 2014. So that's pretty exciting.

Planning for the Future

posted Oct 30, 2012, 12:06 PM by Nathaniel Tidwell   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 12:07 PM ]

I feel a bit overwhelmed for some reason. I don't really have that much homework, but it seems like there's not enough time in the day. I know I should be applying for internships for next summer, and I need to be more active in organizations such as the FSAE team. I've been to a few meetings, but so far I haven't really done anything besides watch others. Tonight I'll give it another go and hopefully I can actually do something and be useful.

As for internships, I don't really know what to do about my resume; I feel like I don't have enough technical classes or experience in CAD or programming to land an internship. I should really talk to the engineering internship office at some point.

Starting a New Semester at UTA

posted Aug 28, 2012, 3:02 PM by Nathaniel Tidwell

It's the fourth day of classes at UTA, and so far my classes seem alright. It turns out Tragan and I have the same Introduction to Engineering class.

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