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Matt Woolverton (May 2003 - August 2003)

Name: Matt Woolverton

School: Penn State University

Major:  Electrical Engineering

Co-op period: May 2003 - August 2003

Current school/company and what you do:
I am currently a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student at Penn State. I plan to graduate in December, with an emphasis in Digital Signal Processors (DSP).

Current Location:
I currently live either at State College, PA, or at my permanent home with my parents in Yardley, PA, northeast of Philadelphia.

What was the interview process like?

After filling out some preliminary paperwork and taking a timed engineering evaluation exam, I had a one-on-one interview with Dave Voeller. I felt very comfortable during my interview with Dave. Dave asked me questions regarding my previous coursework and my specific interests in electrical engineering. He then proceeded to describe projects that Hunter had in mind for their electrical and computer engineers in the near future. Everyone was very friendly and the projects sounded interesting.

What did you do?
I worked on a couple of group and individual projects during my summer with Hunter. My two individual projects included product testing (LCD monitors) and a tire pressure monitoring (TPM) system research assignment to help keep Hunter up to date on this subject. For the group projects, I worked with two other co-ops, Daniel Anderson and John Olle. The first project had the three of us evaluate a copy of TestPartner, software used to test other software. Hunter was interested in testing TestPartner's potential to help find bugs/problems in its increasingly complex software, specifically WinAlign. Our job was to determine if TestPartner would meet Hunter's needs in helping test the robustness of WinAlign. The second group project called for the three of us to revive a handheld measurement tool project that had been started by several co-ops a few years prior to our arrival. This project took about a month and required all three of us working together to reassemble the project and get it up and running again. After several weeks of work with the help of previous co-ops and other engineers within the company, we were finally able to build and test our own new prototype of the tool that laid the groundwork for what was to eventually become a manufactured product.

Would you do it again?
I would definitely do it all over again. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with Hunter and would not hesitate to go back in the future.

What did you like?
I liked many things about my internship with Hunter. I liked the co-ops and management that I worked with and felt that they were very intelligent, friendly, professional, and genuine. I especially liked the way Hunter treated me as an intern. I was there to help make a difference, not to become another stereotypical co-op or intern that just logs some hours of work outside of school to help pad my resume. I truly felt that I was there because the company, specifically Dave Voeller, had confidence that I would help in anything that I was asked to do. I remember Dave saying to me once that he didn't hire me because he thought that I would immediately know everything, but rather because he felt confident that I would be competent and resourceful enough to find the answers that I needed. This instilled confidence in me throughout my entire stay with Hunter and helped me to be as productive and helpful as possible.

What did you not like?
I didn't always necessarily like the setup I had working in the training center garage, but I must admit, the slightly more relaxed atmosphere most likely helped me to work better as this was my first real-world work experience and I didn't feel as pressured as I would have in the main building.

Did you learn anything?
I learned many things at Hunter, some technical and some non-technical. Besides learning some new technical things regarding hardware and software, the most impact came from the non-technical learning experience I received. I learned how work was conducted in a professional setting and how information, new and old, was organized and disseminated throughout the company. Being able to actually work with other engineers was a great experience, one much different than working on homework with a colleague.

Did the experience help you in your career?
I have yet to enter my career, but I have no doubt in my mind that my work experience with Hunter will prove to be helpful in my career.

Did it help you in any job interviews?
I have yet to enter my career, but I have no doubt in my mind that my work experience with Hunter will prove to be helpful in my career.

What was the dress code?
Fortunately, I worked in the training center across the street from the main building, which didn't require me to wear a tie. My dress code required me to wear nice shoes, khaki pants, and a collared polo shirt. I was allowed to wear short sleeve shirts, however, that may have something to do with the fact that my internship was during the peak summer months. (phew)

Was the work more individual or group work and how does it compare with what
you are doing today?

Overall, most of the work I did at Hunter was group work. As mentioned above, I do not yet have a job so I can't compare it to anything at this time.

What are the pros/cons of working in Saint Louis? (Maybe compare it to where you
are now)

I enjoyed living in St. Louis for the most part. I enjoyed the weather and the city of St. Louis. I was able to enjoy many things during my summer in St. Louis including Six Flags, the Muny, great food downtown on the Hill, the Landing downtown, the Arch, Fair St. Louis for the 4th of July, and a visit to the Lake of the Ozarks. My only complaint was that I wasn't near the ocean, but that was a direct result of living on the east coast nearly my entire life.

What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I was fortunate to have extended family, aunt, uncle, and cousin, living in St. Charles whom I stayed with during my internship. They were very accommodating and they only lived about twenty minutes from Hunter by car.

How was the supervision?
As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed the people I worked with at Hunter and Dave Voeller was no exception. He challenged me, motivated me, and supervised me throughout my interview process and internship without intimidating me or making me feel uncomfortable. As my immediate supervisor, I witnessed Dave in his daily quite often and he always impressed me as a person and an engineer. In addition to working on his own projects and assignments, I would often discover Dave researching new technologies, programming techniques and new products in the industry. Some of this research was even conducted during his own free time. This cutting-edge mentality seemed to be fairly consistent among the engineers at Hunter, but I was able to witness it the best through Dave. This is another major reason why I was impressed with my supervisor and the company as a whole.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I have not held any relevant job positions since my internship with Hunter. Since my internship, I have pursued a DSP route within the EE program at Penn State.