Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Embracing the Unknown

Scholar combines interests in business and engineering to forge a path toward new opportunities.

One thing Jessica Weislogel has learned at the University of Cincinnati is that venturing into the unknown can lead to the most exciting opportunities of all.

When Weislogel, a bachelor of science in industrial management (BSIM) student at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, started at UC, she had not decided on the path she would take.

“I’m from the Cincinnati area, so UC was familiar to me,” Weislogel says, “But I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do here. My friends and family assumed I’d become an engineer because of the classes I took in high school, like AP physics.”

Thanks to the Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) program, one of two distinct honors programs at the Lindner College of Business, Weislogel quickly found her way. KBS students like Weislogel benefit from the ability to customize their business specialties to match their own personal strengths and career goals.

“The KBS program helps you structure your freshman year so that you start college with a plan, which most freshman don’t have,” Weislogel says.

Through the KBS program, Weislogel discovered a way to combine her interests in business and engineering when she attended a meeting during which Ruth Seiple, director of the BSIM program, spoke to KBS students about industrial management, one of the college’s small, but growing, disciplines.

“I remember Ruth describing the typical BSIM student—energetic, analytical,” Weislogel says. “As she spoke, I said to myself, ‘That’s me!’”

Weislogel immediately set up a meeting with Seiple to talk about how she could get started in the BSIM program.

“Talking with Ruth was a turning point in my college career so far,” says Weislogel. “I found out that I could actually be an engineer within the Lindner College of Business.”

Weislogel quickly thrived in her new environment. “I love that I can knock on Ruth’s door and call her by her first name,” she says. “She talks to me about what opportunities are out there. I know that I’m headed in a good direction.”

Although she is entering only her third year at the Lindner College of Business, Weislogel is a rising star in the BSIM program, having already worked as a co-op at GE Aviation for two quarters—a position that she unintentionally secured through the KBS program.

“A representative from GE came to campus to give mock interviews to KBS students,”  Weislogel explains. “ My mock interview turned into a real job offer. I was recruited on the spot.”

Through her co-op, Weislogel has worked hands-on in an industrial setting as she learns both the business and technical sides of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of military and commercial aircraft jet engines.

“Working at GE has been a life-changing opportunity,” she says. “I know now that I want to be in an industrial setting. In the classroom, you learn the terminology and the process for how things should work. And in a real industrial setting, you see production processes and how things really work.”

“The combination of these two different kinds of learning fascinates me,” Weislogel says.
And while Weislogel enjoys the structure and direction provided by the KBS program and her BSIM major, she’s not yet finished seeking out new experiences—in fall 2011, she will study abroad at the University College Cork in Ireland, one of the college’s international program offerings.

“This is my first time out of the country,” explains Weislogel. “But I’m half Irish, so in a way, I’m going home. I can’t wait to learn more about my Irish heritage.”

While abroad, Weislogel is interested in exploring opportunities that she wouldn’t have time for at home. “During the typical school year in Cincinnati, my schedule doesn’t have room for electives or even new hobbies,” she says.

She also hopes that spending time in Ireland will help her become more globally aware. “I think it’s important that students realize the importance of global business, no matter their major,” says Weislogel. “Being aware can open the door to future opportunities.”

When she returns to UC after her time abroad, Weislogel is looking forward to what’s next. “I’m excited about the years ahead of me,” Weislogel says. “I haven’t taken many of my major courses yet, so there’s still so much of the BSIM program to learn about and experience.”

“I’m ready to go outside of the box and see where these amazing opportunities might take me.”