Now for the next profile in our new series Intern Experiences: “What I learned at ATI!”
ATI had the pleasure of working with Brad Camburn during the summer and fall of 2010. Brad received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University before coming to the University of Texas to pursue his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Design. At ATI, Brad worked under Bart Bohn in the IT and Wireless Incubator. While working in the IT and Wireless incubator, Brad was responsible for performing due diligence on pipeline companies and product design for one of our member companies. Here is what Brad had to say about his experience at ATI:
ATI was a unique experience for me. In the words of another intern “it affords an opportunity to work above one’s pay-scale.” What this means is that we are able to get high level experience, by making decisions that are usually reserved for management level employees. Many student interns or ‘senior associates’ are given the ability to make go or no-go decisions on a daily basis about new potential clients. These decisions are critical to the potential success of the companies applying and ultimately to the success of ATI itself. Senior associates are also often engaged on specific development projects for individual member companies.
My own unique project was to govern the product design process for the casing of an electronics device. This means I was responsible for characterizing the design needs to an extent to pick a vague design form, find firms capable of design and manufacture of that kind of device and compose project specifications and solicit bids. This was all pretty high level stuff for me, including many meetings with the sales reps and oft times even the presidents of various design and testing facilities.
Finally ATI is an entirely open ended position, I was able to come in when I please, keep track of my own hours and work a second part time job as a teaching assistant. This was hands down one of the coolest jobs I have ever had. No middle management, interesting and meaningful projects, fair compensation and frequent laughs.