Peggy Jarvie, University of Waterloo International Student Award Current Award Recipients

Vladimir Miskovic, University of Cincinnati

Vladimir is an international student from Serbia and a senior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati. During his tenure at UC, he served in a diverse array of leadership positions and completed five co-op rotations in multiple departments within Leoni Wiring Systems, a global leader in automotive wiring harness manufacturing.

In his first three Leoni co-ops, he served as a liaison between customers based in the United States and various company plants located worldwide. His skills and passion for learning led him to be recruited to serve as Leoni’s first co-op student in Portugal. There, Vladimir learned how to combine his engineering and operations experience to design 2D drawings used for wiring harness assembly, accurately forecast the production time based on customer designs, and provided clients with suggestions to enhance the manufacturability of their products. In preparation for his double co-op rotation abroad, Vladimir independently learned Portuguese for 6 months to maximize his engagement with his colleagues and learn about the fascinating Portuguese culture.

At the University of Cincinnati, Vladimir focuses on giving back to co-op students through his role as a Co-op Peer Mentor where he applies the Appreciative Mentorship framework to assist students in pursuing their professional interests and dreams through the co-op experience. In his senior design project, Vladimir serves as the Electrical Sub-Team Leader for the Formula SAE vehicle, which allows him to apply the skills he gained on co-op and continue collaborating with Leoni. Upon graduation, Vladimir looks forward to joining Leoni as a Full-Time Engineer and a Representative at a customer location in North Carolina.