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Quality Control: Scaife ’17 at Chroma Technology Corp in Rockingham, Vermont

I am a Quality Control Intern at Chroma Technology in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Chroma is an employee-owned company that manufactures glass filters that are shipped all over the world to be used in various forms, such as in microscopic and telescopic research, allowing researchers to use the filters to distinguish regions in their observations. Chroma offers a variety of filters, and promises the customer that as long as they understand the science behind the product that it will meet expectations or their money back. With this integrity in their products, Chroma ensures customers that the filters will be of the best quality. As an employee owned company, Chroma employees all work for each other, allowing everyone to have some power in the company. Chroma also has a part in the Vermont and New Hampshire communities through promotion of fund raisers, employee participation in events, employment outreach, and environment support through efficiency and awareness. More information can be found on Chroma and the multiple aspects of the company at

As a quality control intern, I examine filters using spectrophotometric equipment to find transmission and optical density to determine wavelength, bandwidth, and band passes. This quantitative data collection allows for the products to be within specification. This allows me to work firsthand in a scientific environment since I utilize data collection and record keeping of information gathering during the filter tests. My job also uses qualitative data by cosmetically inspecting the filters for stains, scratches, digs, spatter, fractures, and pinholes. During the work day I am able to work independently on jobs, scanning and inspecting filters, but I also have coworkers that are more than willing to assist me when I am unsure of what should be done when an error occurs. I also work on side projects that go beyond the usual quality control. I am learning about root cause failure, which investigates where the defects are occurring during the manufacturing process. This is done by observing and taking notes of how parts are handled and the various steps, watching for occurrences that may lead to damage. The point of this is to determine if there is a point in the manufacturing process that may be the root of common defects that plague some products. Another project that I am working is that creation of a product defect catalog that contains the recorded defects from parts that were rejected at Chroma, and will eventually include parts sent back from customers. This project has required hours of cleaning and looking at filters with a microscope and high intensity lights.

Chroma has also been gracious enough to have more than one Antioch student intern, allowing Keenan and I to have our own unique positions, although for some projects we work together. One of the company’s founders, Paul Millman, is an Antioch alum who is very supportive in our learning at Chroma and has invited us to attend conferences in order to learn more about employee ownership and scientific research that is being done with light filter. I think that this Co-op position is great.

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<p><strong>Roland</strong> is a biomedical science major at Antioch College. A member of the class of 2017, his main themes for Co-op positions have been scientific research and medicine. His current interest is to continue into the medical field following undergraduate, and pursue his goal of becoming an oncologist. </p> <p>In the process of completing his fourth Co-op, Roland's first Co-op was in the spring of 2014 was as a quality control intern for Chroma Technology Inc. in Bellows Falls, VT. While there, worked in a team dynamic and was able to gain experience using spectrophotometric equipment in the inspection of optical filters. Working independently and in teams, he was able to learn various qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques, as well as assist in research and development projects to improve efficiency of process. In the winter of 2015, Roland worked for Dr. Abi Katz, an Antioch alum and palliative physician, in the Post-Acute Care Continuum of the Kettering Health Network. This was his first experience working in a hospital, although most of the work was spent in the administrative aspect of healthcare. He was able to learn about the establishment of advance illness management procedures and palliative medicine.  His main contribution was in a project centered around reducing the number of medication related errors within the Kettering Medical Center. Ultimately this took the form of a medication review process flow that outlined various steps to reduce the possibility of error. In addition, he was able to create a series of learning materials for those just learning to use the medication input and review system. Much of this work involved research and review of literature and obtaining the feedback of physicians, pharmacists, and nurses during interviews. For his third Co-op, Roland traveled to the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel. Working as a volunteer research assistant, he and two other Antioch students were able to learn from Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, a radiation oncologist and Antioch Alum. The three students were able to gather data on the location and size of internal mammary chain lymph nodes in breast cancer patients, as well as complete a scientific paper that is currently under review. Each student was able to communicate effectively and bring their own skill sets to produce the final paper. </p> <p>Currently, Roland has returned to work for Dr. Katz as a clinical intern for Fidelity Health Care, working within an advance illness management program. He has aided in literature review for transitional care methods for reducing patient readmissions to the hospital, and is also working to establish a care guide copilot that will allow him to work one-on-one with patients and help to identify barriers in their treatment and establish goals to help empower them. </p> <p>Additionally, he has also serve as a tutor for various science courses at Antioch, aiding in the learning of other students and supporting their growth in the subjects. Through tutoring, he has also been able to develop skills in instructing course materials and developing interpersonal skills that promote positive information exchange. He has tutored:</p> <p>CHEM105/160: General Chemistry I&II</p> <p>BIO105/160: General Biology I&II</p> <p>Math160: Calculus II</p> <p>BIO215: Cellular & Molecular Biology</p>

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