Engineering Graduate Joins Power Company Following Five Co-Op Rotations

December 18, 2020 | Graduate News, News, UToday, Engineering
By Diana Van Winkle



Karmyn Wilford will join American Electric Power as a development project manager after completing five co-op rotations with the company during her studies in the College of Engineering.

Going above and beyond the three required co-op experiences, Wilford is well prepared to join the company’s Ohio Transmission Projects organization where she will work on the state’s power grid.

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Wilford graduated Dec. 6 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

Even with all of that time devoted to co-op experiences, Wilford also found time to be an involved student leader in the college.

“I feel that getting involved in organizations has provided me leadership opportunities and amazing memories, but also, I have gotten to build relationships with my peers, faculty, staff and professors,” she said. “I have been able to give back to the Toledo community and students, and I have been able to challenge myself and my peers to make UToledo a better campus.”

Through these experiences she also developed as an individual and a future professional, Wilford said, crediting Jon Pawlecki, director of student services and transfer partnerships for the College of Engineering, for his support.

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“Through the Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute, Jon has provided me and my peers countless leadership development opportunities,” she said. “He has pushed me to become a more assertive and efficient leader, and he has acted as an amazing mentor and guiding figure. Even outside of organizations in which we are both involved in, Jon continuously supports and pushes me to become a better student and person.”

Wilford is an exemplary student leader who has volunteered on several occasions to share her experience with prospective engineering students, Pawlecki said.

“I continue to be impressed with her professionalism and the positive influence she has on others,” he said. “The positive impact that Karmyn has had on our college has been tremendous.”