Sean Justice named 2017 Co-op Student of the Year
U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, and Co-op Student of the Year Sean Justice.
Sean Justice was selected as the
2017 Co-op Student of the Year, and with good reason. He’s an Electrical
Engineering student who exceeded expectations both in the classroom (3.964 GPA)
and out with his co-op with Eaton Corporation.
At Eaton, he received the departmental
“Paul MacGyver Rademacher Award” for “creativity in continuous improvement efforts
to work toward a better business” in the Power Quality Division.
In his Supplier Development role,
Sean drafted and piloted a new standard process for processing and reworking
high value non-returnable NCM for multiple manufacturing lines. The process
helped to recover $37,000 worth of NCM by the end of his rotation, with the
potential of at least $80,000 more on existing NCM for product lines
identified. The process has been continued with other co-ops after he was done.
Sean became involved in an initiative
called “Change the Game,” which is a non-profit organization providing youth
mentorship, citizenship and environmental stewardship to students from inner
For six years Sean acted as an
assistant for Denise’s People, a non-profit started by his grandmother. He
coordinated events, ran in the races, and as a musician, provided the music at
a wine-tasting event. They raised $300,000 dollars over the six years.
He is heavily involved on the
Worship team at Cornerstone Christian Campus Ministry. Cornerstone is an
outreach organization partnering with the Bellefield Church on our campus, but
the ministry also works with the North Side’s Allegheny Alliance Church, which
is strongly involved in a homeless ministry.
Co-op Student of the Year Finalist
Andrew Sivaprakasam- Bioengineering, Human Engineering Research Lab
Co-op Student of the Year Honorable Mentions
Kelly Appleton- Mechanical Engineering
Sidney Cannon-Bailey- Bioengineering
Marci Carter- Civil Engineering
Danielle Charbonneau- Bioengineering
Kelsey Dolan- Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Grzybek- Chemical Engineering
Aaron Johnson- Mechanical Engineering
Noah Kaib- Industrial Engineering
Mitchell Moran- Computer Engineering
Jared Raszewski- Chemical Engineering
Kaitlyn Shields- Computer Engineering
Philips, Sleep and Respiratory Care named 2017 Co-op Employer of the Year
U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, presents the Employer of the Year award to Dave Smith from Philips, Sleep and Respiratory Care.
The co-op program’s history with Philips, Sleep and
Respiratory Care actually goes back to our first co-op in 1994, but really
began to flourish in 2005. Since that time, 50 co-ops have been hired by
Philips. Because of the outstanding
relationship we have had with the Monroeville locations, we have been able to
cultivate relationships with both Boston and Cleveland. Our students have
consistently raved about their experiences and some have been fortunate enough
to accept full-time positions upon graduation.
David Smith, a 1992 mechanical engineering Pitt
graduate who co-oped with GE Aircraft, located in Cincinnati, Ohio accepted the
award. Dave was instrumental in establishing this partnership.
Some previous Employer of the Year awards include:
2000 United Parcel Service
2001 AK Steel
2002 Mine Safety Appliances Company
2003 H.B. Maynard
2004 American Bridge Corporation
2005 Dupont Chemical Solutions Enterprise
2008 FedEx Ground
2009 Advanced Integration Group, Inc.
2010 Vocollect, Inc.
2011 FirstEnergy Corporation
2012 Siemens Energy
2015 Robinson Fans, Inc. and ZOLL LifeVest
2016 Curtiss-Wright EMD
Welcome to Co-Op
"Our mission is to provide our students and employer partners individualized opportunities to enhance success and opportunity in the workplace environment through relevant and challenging assignments that will result in the graduation of excellent engineers and scientists."
There aren't many opportunities that can boast the advantages that cooperative education can offer. What other program can offer you the chance to learn, earn, and graduate with a higher starting salary, while maintaining status as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student?
The University of Pittsburgh is steeped in history and tradition, and our cooperative education program is no exception. Founded as the third co-op program in the nation, Pitt's co-op program flourished until the Great Depression caused its suspension in the early 1930s. In 1987, under the tutelage of Dean Charles Sorber, the program was re-established for undergraduates. Today, almost half of Pitt's graduating seniors participate in cooperative education.
We have also expanded to allow participation from Pitt students in science-related fields, and we offer the co-op opportunity to all of our regional campuses in engineering and engineering technology. Recently, we implemented a co-op initiative for graduate level engineering candidates.
Co-op offers students the chance to obtain a full year's worth of work experience prior to graduation.
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The staff of the co-op office maintains an open door
policy each day. We offer resume assistance, mock interviews, and individual job
development. Our goal is to help you find your path to future success. Our
students work locally, nationally, and even internationally.
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