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Alumni Spotlight: Justinn Eddie

Justinn Eddie graduated from Miami University in 2011 with a degree in both mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Now, Eddie works for the multi-billion dollar behemoth, Amazon. 

How did he get there? 

As a first and second year student at Miami, Eddie participated in a student-faculty mentorship program where he learned alongside experts in his field. 

When his senior year rolled around, Eddie and a few other students entered into — and won second place in — the Miami University Interdisciplinary Design Challenge. The challenge simulated real-world engineering experience, and was designed to push students into combining disciplines to create new technologies and/or solutions to a problem. 

After graduating from Miami, Eddie worked at various companies for a few years before attending the University of Cincinnati to obtain a masters degree in mechanical engineering.Mechanical Engineering equipment

Eddie describes his career as a “stranger progression” compared to most post-grad employees. 

He spent four years at his first job with Powerex, an industrial and medical air compression company. There, he also created a patent, a feat Eddie said is not common in an industry as old as air compression. 

After working for Powerex, Eddie moved to Hydro Systems, producing chemical dispensing equipment. 

Despite most of his educational background being in mechanical engineering and design, Eddie found himself getting deeper into the medical side of the field. 

“I really wanted to get into a field where I felt like I was making a difference in people’s lives or kind of helping people a little more,” Eddie said. “Taking on that responsibility is important to me.” 

After working for a few other companies, Eddie was recruited by Amazon to develop a COVID-19 testing facility. Having one million employees, the company is administering thousands of tests per day; it needed Eddie to help with COVID relief.

Although he’s working for one of the largest companies in the world, Eddie doesn’t forget the education he received and the family he made at Miami and CEC. 

Miami gave him the tools to succeed, but curiosity is what propels him forward. 

“It’s really important to continue to learn,” Eddie said. “Whether it’s [in a] formal setting or just on your own, whatever you’re doing, just learn to continue to get better at what you do because Miami’s just really the beginning.”

By Maggie Peña, CEC Reporter