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JJ Besse: R&D Metallurgy Intern

PCB (printed circuit board), CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion), THC (through-hole component) these are just a taste of the countless new acronyms I've learned over the first few days, and, as everyone knows, nothing like a few good acronyms to wake you up in the morning!

My name is Jeremiah Besse, JJ for short. Even my name's an acronym, so I should fit right in here. I am the R&D metallurgy intern for this summer. Indium Corporation has offered each of the 10 new interns working here an amazing opportunity, and I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to be a part of it. For me, it’s my first opportunity to work in my field of study. I've spent the previous two summers working for a small contracting firm back home in Albany, NY. Essentially, I picked things up, put them back down and got paid to do it. It was the perfect first job experience. Now, I get to put my education to the test here at Indium Corporation and it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to even if the road is paved with more acronyms than I care to imagine.

Being the youngest child of five, I eat fast because if I didn’t, there wasn’t any food left. I was home-schooled until 8th grade, when I then entered the Bethlehem school district. I played soccer, ran track, and did my best to stay engaged with whatever was going on in school (I wasn’t always successful at that last bit). Success in math and science, as well as an inner drive to simply understand how the stuff around me functions, drove me to study mechanical engineering. I landed at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which is just down the road from Indium Corporation and have thoroughly enjoyed my first two years there. Between the exponentially-growing academic work load and the Men’s Soccer Team it can be hard to catch a breath, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. So that’s me, at least the six sentence version.

Again, I am incredibly grateful to have been given this chance to work with and learn from some of the top individuals in their respective fields. It is a chance that not everyone gets to experience and I hope to take full advantage of it. I’ll do my best to keep you updated on everything that’s going on, or at least the interesting parts. Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll check back in!

Best,

JJ Besse