Memo<br />TO: Professor Quinn, ENGL 2060<br />FROM: Ibrahim Yayah, College of Business<br />DATE: March 13, 2011<br />SUBJECT: Interviews with professionals<br />______________________________________________________________________________<br />The responsibilities between an athletic trainer and a chemical engineer/chemist are two different responsibilities. During my research I got the opportunity to interview Sarah Long, an athletic trainer at University of Toledo and Abu Bakarr Bangura, a chemical engineer/chemist for BASF corporations in Detroit, Michigan. These two fields are very different with little similarities at their workplaces. <br />Professionals’ Background<br />Sarah Long-Athletic Trainer<br /><ul><li>Bachelors in Education for Exercise Science and Bachelors in Science for Athletic Training from Miami University, Masters Degree in Kinesiology with a Focus in Athletic Training from University of Toledo and currently in second year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Toledo.
Works in a NCAA Division 1 Athletic training room (University of Toledo).
Responsible for athletic training coverage for the varsity Football and Cheerleading teams. Also manage the inventory and purchasing for the entire Sports Medicine Department.
Her perception of work is that is not actually work to her. Despite the long hours, challenges and effort that her job requires, she enjoys it so much that she don't even consider it work. She never says "I'm going to work", instead she’s going to the athletic training room or office, not work.</li></ul>Agency Background <br /><ul><li>The mission/purpose of the UT Sports Medicine Department is to protect the health and safety of all student-athletes and to protect the integrity of the institution.
Founding in 1892 in Toledo, OH. Was originally Toledo University, it eventually became a public state school and was named University of Toledo.
The serves the whole University of Toledo football team and other sports teams.
Government, private donations, grants, all students pay fees/tuition</li></ul>Abu Bakarr Bangura-Chemical Engineer/Chemist<br />Professional Background <br /><ul><li>BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mercy Michigan. Works for BASF in Detroit, Michigan.
Works on making prototypes for with the automotive industries.
Flexible foam formulation and elstomas, day to day operation of robotic arm used to spray elstoskins, troubleshooting of customer problems and assisting, keeping good relationship with customers, and keeping inventory of spear parts of equipment.
Mr. Bangura is fund with his workplace, because of the daily challenges. He said that his job is never boring due to the diversity and adventures of new projects he works on.
BASF Corporation is committed to providing products and service that make products better. To accomplish this, quality is integrated into the way BASF conduct their business. Quality is the responsibility of all employees.
Business was up and running in 1958 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The company is one of North America heading chemical companies with multiple locations across the globe.
Mr. Bangura works at an office that has a lab, where he does hand mixes, go over terms, and run a test before products goes into machine process are.
BASF produces different parts for companies worldwide
Private funding and government grants for homeland security purposes.</li></ul>Comparison & Summary Impressions <br /><ul><li>After interviewing Ms. Sarah long who is an athletic trainer and Mr. Abu Bakarr Bangura who is a Chemical engineer/Chemist, I got to learn about two different career fields. Both of the professionals that I got to interview both enjoyed their work place and their duties. Athletic training and chemical engineering are two very different fields. Athletic training focuses on taking care of people that are hurt or to prevent them from being hurt. Chemical engineering is all about working with chemicals and figuring out how to create new products that can be used for multiple years. Ms. Sarah long spends most of her time in a training room with two other athletic trainers working on injuries and preventing it. Mr. Abu Bakarr Bangura works in much secured workplace, he has to work in a very secure workplace because of all the chemicals he works with everyday. Throughout the interview process I noticed that both these two individuals are very educated in their field of study. When at the workplace they both feel like they’re not working but doing something they love to do. After this interview, I have learned a whole bunch of things I never knew before. Both of my professionals love what they do at their workplaces. The most import thing I’ve learned from this interview process is that you have to really love what you do and choosing a career field is one of the most import decisions you can make.