Summer is a time for teaching at Flow Tech. Most summers, since 2009, we’ve had a summer intern. Our hope is to find the next generation of Flow Tech talent through our internship program. This year’s recruitment efforts were fierce. We had 3 exceptional candidates. We even hosted our first group interview at a restaurant to see how the candidates would interact with Flow Tech employees and each other. Although all the candidates impressed us, one stood out from the others – Ryan Glenney.
Ryan is a rising MEM junior at the University of Connecticut. We initially met him at one of the university’s career fairs. His personality and positive outlook impressed us and the rest is history. Ryan works closely along side our Sales Engineers to gain valuable industry insight. He helps takeoff projects, generates quotes and submittals, as well as helps with office organization and the digitized filing efforts. When appropriate, we take Ryan out into the field to see our applied HVAC products and engineered systems. Ryan has been a great addition to the office. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about our 2019 summer intern…
1. What made you decide to go to the University of Connecticut?
My decision to attend UConn was influenced by my love for the men’s basketball team and by my mom, Susan Glenney, who is an associate professor in the graduate physical therapy program. Both my sisters have also attended or are currently attending UConn, Storrs.
2. What made you decide to go into engineering?
I decided to go into MEM (Management & Engineering for Manufacturing) because I always wanted to get into business, but at the same time I wanted the value of an engineering degree. This program allows me to study fundamentals in both the School of Business and the School of Engineering.
3. What courses/ professors have you enjoyed the most so far?
I really enjoy the Navy STEM concentration program that I am in. It delves into contracted military manufacturing and markets. Dr. Accorsi, the program head, is also one of my favorite and most knowledgeable professors.
4. What is your favorite thing about college life?
The best part about college life is the weekend. I love putting in a long 4-5 days a week so that I can kick it with my friends on the weekend. UConn social life is all what you make of it.
5. What is your least favorite?
My least favorite part about college life is the amount that I have to pay to park or to get rid of an outstanding ticket. Nothing better than walking out to your car to find one of those trademarked orange envelopes!
6. Do you belong to any extracurricular activities/clubs?
I play intramural basketball and pick up about 3-4 times a week. I am also part of the MEM Society for my degree program and Navy STEM for my concentration.
7. What made you decide to accept the internship with Flow Tech?
I accepted my internship at Flow Tech because it was one of the only application processes that felt right for me. I really liked everyone I interviewed with and bought into the idea of not working a traditional engineering position. I met Kevin Wixom at a career fair and never really looked back!
8. Do you hold another job besides your summer internship with Flow Tech?
I work part time at a local rec center during the school year to help stay afloat. I have also been brain storming ideas for a good side hustle this summer, details soon to come!
9. What are your hobbies or what do you like to do in your free time?
In my spare time I love to ski, play basketball, and partake in the occasional XBox binge. I have a lake house in New Hampshire that takes up most of my summer weekends and a season’s pass to Jay Peak up in Vermont, which consumes most of my winter down time.
10. If you could be a super hero who would you be and why?
If I could be any superhero I would be Captain America. Who doesn’t like a man in uniform?
11. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to northern Japan. They have some of the heaviest and fluffiest annual snowfall that makes for intense powder skiing.
12. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be pizza. You have your carbs, dairy, and convenience, with the option to add fruits, vegetables, and so much else. It is simple enough that anyone can access it and has endless customization options.
13. What’s your favorite book or movie? You can name both.
My favorite movie is Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. It will forever be a classic. I wish I could say I have a favorite book but reading is not my forte. I am currently struggling through entrepreneur Gary Vee’s Crush It but we’ll see how that goes.
14. If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would it be, why would you choose them and where would you go?
If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, I would dine with Tom Brady. As an avid Boston sports fan, nothing would entice me to a meal more than 6 super bowl rings.
15. Any additional comments or information you’d like to share?
I played piano and cello for 8 years each. I have a girlfriend named Lauren from New Jersey who attends UConn as well.
It’s great to have Ryan with us for the summer! He is always ready to lend a helping hand whether it be running to pick-up a part or making calls to get cabinet pricing for our demo room. There isn’t a job too big or small – he’s ready to learn and gain experience!
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