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Columbus State students to take part in conference

Update | Monday, October 12, 2020

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Alexis White, Om Borkar, Samuel Walker, and Harvey West.

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Alexis White, Om Borkar, Samuel Walker, and Harvey West.

The National Science Foundation selected four Columbus State students to participate in the virtual Advanced Technological Education Conference October 19-23.

They will have the opportunity to meet other students and professionals from all over the country during a Career Readiness and Industry Speed Networking Session. They’ll also present posters on topics related to their respective career fields and representing the National Science Foundation grant projects awarded to Columbus State.  

Student Alexis White was invited to share her experiences on a panel for the pre-recorded ATE Student Spotlight session, which will air Thursday, October 22, from noon–12:45 p.m.  (October 26 Update: The conference included a panel discussion featuring President Harrison and three sessions presented by Columbus State faculty and staff.)

Meet the students: 

Alexis White hit the ground running when she started at Columbus State this autumn. Having earned college credits in high school, Alexis is now majoring in Software Development. She is one of a dozen full-ride scholarship recipients selected for Columbus State’s inaugural cohort for the competitive Choose Ohio First IT program (sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education). Alexis is also a pre-apprentice in the NSF ATE-funded IT Flexible Apprenticeship program. Her poster presentation is on programming languages. 

Om Borkar is an IT apprentice at State Auto and a recipient of a Choose Ohio First IST scholarship. With a significant amount of College Credit Plus credits under his belt, Om interviewed with the 2019 IT Flexible Apprenticeship cohort when he was still in high school. He received offers from two companies, which is rare, and accepted an apprenticeship position at State Auto. Om is pursuing a Software Development A.A.S. degree at Columbus State. His poster is titled “Emerging Trends in Technology: Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, and Cybersecurity.” 

Samuel Walker is an Electromechanical Engineering Technology A.A.S. graduate and full-time employee at Crane1. Samuel participated in the Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program as an apprentice at Hirschvogel. He then leveraged his connections in Columbus State’s Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning office to secure his full-time position after graduating. His poster is titled “Advancement of Automated Controls in Manufacturing.”. 

Harvey West, a Modern Manufacturing Work-Study apprentice at Abercrombie & Fitch, is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree at Columbus State. His poster is titled “Renewable Energy Storage Advancements.”  


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