During his internship with Urban Mining Company, Jacob Hethcock drew on his engineering knowledge to uncover removal and recycling methods for the environmentally focused startup. Completing a BDP in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Jacob also honed his professional communication skills and discovered a desire to incorporate altruism into his future career.
How did you find your internship?
I found my internship at Urban Mining Company through the BDP Opportunities Blog.
Describe the work you did in your internship.
My task was to find the best removal method for the surface of used magnet material. I researched and procured hard media before running an experiment to test abrasive wear mechanics. I then communicated professionally with mass finishing company experts to acquire quotes, and I sent magnets to companies for testing. Finally, I presented the knowledge that I acquired to magnet-recycling startup management and I recommended a specific mass finishing machine for purchase.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
Through my internship at Urban Mining Company, I had the opportunity to witness the interaction of different disciplines to fulfill customer needs in an entrepreneurial startup, growing my perspective and preparing me for future interactions with coworkers of different backgrounds. Furthermore, my professional communication skills were tested and improved through my interactions with other company representatives.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
My time at Urban Mining Company has helped me to realize that I want to work for a company where I can further an altruistic goal. I know not exactly what this will look like, but this will guide my job search.
Discuss the relationship you had with your faculty mentor and how they helped you during this Connecting Experience.
Dr. Fan has been very supportive of my internship and work. She has remained a strong source of encouragement and has always been eager to help me in any way that she could. Additionally, her expertise in the field of materials science aided my work at Urban Mining Company.